Saint Nicholas Orthodox Church, Bankstown
The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines is an archdiocese of the Greek Orthodox Church of Antioch, with headquarters in Sydney, Australia. Its current primate is Paul (Saliba), Metropolitan Archbishop of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines. The Archdiocese has approximately 37,500 members.
The archdiocese and the parishes are under the jurisdiction of the Patriarchate of Antioch, based in Damascus, Syria.
The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese is a single archdiocese which covers several countries. The Archbishop resides in Australia, there is a Deanery for New Zealand, and presences in other countries of the Pacific Ocean region. There are 25 parishes and missions across Australia, 8 parishes and missions in the Deanery of New Zealand, and approximately 37,500 members.
The Archdiocese has one female monastery of Saint Anna in Preston, Victoria, Australia. The archdiocese also founded the multi-jurisdictional Melbourne Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies.
The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of Australia, New Zealand and the Philippines, was a founding member of Eastern Hierarchs, where all eastern rite jurisdictions, except the largest, are represented. The Antiochian Archdiocese believes this organisation is a friendly effective organisation, working for the Love of God spreading throughout the whole Mystery of His Church.