Russian Orthodox Podcast Episode 98: Serving the Greatest King on the Gold Coast

Source: Russian Orthodox Podcast

Sunday, 11 December 2016

This podcast is very special to us personally, as we sit down to chat with our childhood friend, now priest – Father Alexander Paramonov, newly appointed priest to the fledgling church at Tweed Heads, on the Gold Coast in Australia. We ask him about the beginnings of this Orthodox parish, his personal journey to the priesthood, some challenges facing the clergy today, and the upcoming Syezd (Youth Conference) being hosted by the Gold Coast community at the end of December 2016.

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Official News Release: Post Syezd Melbourne 2015

With the blessing of His Grace Bishop George, the 51st annual Orthodox Youth Conference – Syezd 2015 – was successfully held from 26-31 December 2015, at Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza, south-east of Melbourne, Victoria. As in previous years, Syezd 2015 provided attendees with the opportunity to learn more about their Orthodox faith as well as meeting many other Orthodox youth from all over Australia and overseas.

The first day being a Saturday, evening vespers were held at Camp Manyung on the first night of Syezd, after registration and a welcome dinner. Early the following morning on Sunday, a bus took everyone to Liturgy at the Holy Protection Cathedral in Brunswick, Victoria. Syezd 2015 attendees were also fortunate to witness the extremely rare event of the consecration of a new altar table at the Cathedral and were invited by the Sisterhood to lunch after Liturgy with the Bishop in the church hall.

During Syezd, many interesting talks were given by clergy as well as lay people. Talks such as “The Apocalypse” by Bishop George, “Unseen Warfare” by Very Rev. Fr Nicholas Dalinkiewicz, “The Destruction of Morals” by Very Rev. Dr Michael Protopopov and “The Orthodox Family – An Ark of Salvation” by Very Rev. Fr Gabriel Makarov were very popular amongst the youth. Other speakers included Very Rev. Fr Nicholas Karipoff, Deacon Fr Mark Woloszyn, Valeria Zoteyeva (psychologist) and Elena Metlenko.

Many interesting and thought provoking questions during question and answer time were asked by the youth. For those that were too shy to ask, a Question Box was provided where they could write down their questions and then the clergy would publicly answer each question during specially allocated Q&A sessions between lectures.

All meals were prepared by the camp’s on-site chefs who valiantly met the challenge of feeding so many Russians with hearty Lenten appetites three times a day. With spectacular warm, sunny weather, attendees socialised, catching up with old friends and making many new friends, swam at the nearby beach, played basketball and tennis and joined in other outdoor activities. Some enjoyed peaceful walks in the landscaped gardens or relaxed under shady trees as they spent time getting to know each other

On the last night of the Syezd, a talent show was held where each team, consisting of both clergy and youth, had to showcase their talents. Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely amidst laughter and amazement at themselves and each other’s skills, incredible creativity and imagination. Afterwards, about 20 young people joined the clergy in singing Russian folk songs and sharing their backgrounds, and discussing their thoughts & ideas about the future of Orthodox youth in Australia. Many memorable moments were captured on film and will be reminisced for many years to come.

We have analysed all the feedback; Syezd Melbourne 2015 was deemed a great success and everyone is now all excited about the next Syezd which will be held on the Gold Coast next December, 2016.

Huge thank you to the amazing sponsors for their financial support and in-kind support: Lonergan & Raven Funeral Directors, Russian House Melbourne, Your Easy Web Solutions, Russian Youth Council of Australia (Melbourne), Russian Ethnic Representative Council of Victoria. The Melbourne Orthodox Youth Group also contributed a large amount of time and energy into fundraising!

Official News Release: Syezd Melbourne 2015, Camp Manyung

Date: 26th August 2015 (Download PDF)

SYEZD 2015, Melbourne
Russian Orthodox Retreat & Convention
26-31 December, 2015
Camp Manyung in Mt Eliza, Victoria – right next to the beach!

With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion and His Grace Bishop George, the fifty-first annual Orthodox Conference (“Syezd”) will be held at Camp Manyung, Mt Eliza, Vic, just south of Melbourne, Victoria. Continue reading “Official News Release: Syezd Melbourne 2015, Camp Manyung”

Update on Syezd Registrations – Brace Yourselves!

The Nativity Fast has started! Summer is finally here!

Brace Yourselves - Syezd is Coming

Our numbers have doubled since last we updated you about registrations for Syezd. We’re loving the 1:1 ratio of males to females!!

It’s looking to be a very interesting Syezd – we’ll be putting up the programme soon as well as a lot of other information shortly.

Spread the word – the more people that come to Syezd, the better! The number of people coming from overseas equal the people coming in from Brisbane and Sydney – combined!!! We will also be expecting a delegation from Indonesia, who, if you are not aware, are getting our Syezd Tshirts done. By buying a Syezd Tshirt – not only will you be supporting Syezd, but also the Orthodox Mission – especially the youth – in Indonesia. Read more about it here.

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Check out the charts below…

Syezd Gender comparison December 2013
Syezd Delegates Location December 2013
Syezd delegates country December 2013

… and, if you haven’t done so already…

Register for Syezd 2013 Melbourne

Fundraiser 20th October

Fundraising event in Brunswick Church was yet again, a SUCCESS! Thank you to all those who have participated coming for the first time. Hope you enjoyed it! Thank you to those who came and bought our lovely piroshki! Can’t wait to see everyone at the next Syezd Fundraiser!
Syezd Fundraising Photos
Syezd Fundraising Photos

Syezd Fundraising Photos

Syezd Fundraising Photos

Syezd Fundraising Photos

Fundraising 29th September

Our first time fundraising in Brunswick church and it was a great success!!! Thank you to the Dandenong fundraising team for helping us out on our first run and a big thank you to all who came along and participated in the fundraiser.