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General Details

Autonomous Church:
Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Very Rev. Fr. Savas Pizanias
Feast Day:
April 7 - St Savvas Dormition

Contact Details

316 PRINCES HWY, BANKSIA, New South Wales, 2216 Australia

Services Details

Sunday 7:30am
Divine Liturgy:
Sunday 9:15am
Services info:

Historical Details

Build - Founding Year:
Our Church & Community was officially & legally registered in late 2014. Church Services initially took place at a temporary premises in Kogarah Bay, until the church was able to find a permanent existing church to purchase or land to buy & build in the area. Through Gods Grace a major miracle took place on 31st August 2016 by our Beloved St Savvas and within only 1.5 years of being established against all odds against those who were trying to shut us down & had attacked our Saint & Church, we were given the opportunity to purchase an existing Church on a large block of land and a large hall with a smaller one with many other facilities, within the St George area and on the main Hwy. Not only was this former Protestant Church established in 1890, it was a landmark of Banksia and the wider St George Area. The first Agiasmo- blessing of the Church & premises took place on Wednesday 16th November 2016 & the First Historic Divine Liturgy with the blessings of our Patriarch Philaret & Holy Synod was served on Sunday the 20th November 2016. St Savvas Ukrainian Orthodox Church, serves predominately in Ukrainian, Greek, English , it is a Church that welcomes all Orthodox, having Parishioners who are Ukrainian, Serbian, Greek and many more. Our Church & Community of St Savvas of Kalymnos is one of the first Churches named solely after the Saint in all the world, apart from his Church on the Island of Kalymnos- were his Miraculous Holy Relic (Full Body) is found. Fr Savvas has also been blessed to Be Given one of St Savvas Stoles from his monastery- which emanates a divine heavenly Fragrance, along with a small wooden prosforo seal (typari) carved & used by the Saint himself & from Aigina Fr Savas was given one of St Savvas own icons he painted & signed with his own hands while in Aigina in 1919, one year before his spiritual Brother St Nektarios Fell asleep. These priceless treasures have been placed within his church for all devout to venerate & receive blessings. ​Within the main Church we also have a Chapel in Honour of Panagia Hrisoleontissa (Historical Monastery & Miraculous icon in Aigina) in which an exact copy of her Miraculous Icon was given to our Church by the Abbess of the Monastery who is Fr Savas & Presvyteras Styliani's Aunty and is now housed in her Chapel with a side altar to St Euphemia as well. Panagia Hrisoleontissa had a special place in the hearts as we know of both St Nektarios & St Savvas of Kalymnos as they not only both at one point lived within her monastery - while fixing Holy Trinity but also would go and spend hours in front of her miraculous icon and pray with tears in front of her. St Nektarios himself before leaving Aigina to be entered into hospital before he fell asleep, he went up to the Monastery of Hrisoleontissa and prayed for the last time hours before her icon as he knew he was departing within days from this world. Both Saints loved Panagia Hrisoleontissa. Hanging from our icon is also an engolpio of our late bishop & exarch who dedicated it to Panagia but sadly did not get to see it be housed in her chapel here. ​ On Sunday 12th November 2017 a Patriarchal Delegation led by the Patriarchal Vicar Metropolitan Epiphanios of Pereyaslav (now the Leader & Canonical First Hierarch of the Orthodox Church of Ukraine), conducted and consecrated officially our Church & Holy Altar, a beautiful service and Historic event for our Church. On the 11/10/2018 with an Official Announcement of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in the framework of granting Autocephaly to our Ukrainian Church, all Anathemas, Excommunications & Defrockments were uplifted from our ‘Patriarch’ Philaret and subsequently ALL the clergy under him, restoring HIM and ALL the clergy to their episcopal and priestly rights and with their flock joining them to canonical communion with worldwide orthodoxy, recognised canonically by all, without exception or debate. The Ecumenical Patriarchate having the sole right to grant Autocephaly (Canons 9 and 17 of the Fourth Ecumenical Council) & with the right of appeal 'Ekklitos', all Clergyman & Faithful were healed and the new recognised canonical Orthodox Church of Ukraine was created. On the 15/12/2018 the new head of the church Metropolitan Epiphanios of Pereyaslav (Kyiv Patriarchate) was elected by the united Sobor of bishops assembly. On the 6th January 2019, Autocephaly and Tomos to the Orthodox Church of Ukrainian was officially handed to the Metropolitan of Kyiv and all Ukraine Epiphanios in Constantinople by the Ecumenical Patriarch. In accordance to the resolutions taken by the Holy Hierarchs of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia in their Bishops Synaxis that took place 28th-29th March 2022 led by our beloved Archbishop Makarios of Australia,our Parish of St Savvas of Kalymnos & our sister Ukrainian parish of St Basil the Great in Newcastle has now been admitted into the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese-Ecumenical Patriarchate.

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