THE SYRIAN ORTHODOX
CHURCH OF ANTIOCH
Australia and New Zealand Vicariate
Ø New South Wales
Ø Melbourne - Victoria
Ø New Zealand
In Western Australia, the Syrian Orthodox
community members are gathered in the Capital of Western Australia "Perth".
St. Ephraim's Syrian Orthodox Church in Western Australia was established
with the arrival of V. Rev. Fr. Chorepiscopus Boutros Touma Issa, who
came to Perth, Western Australia on 09JUL1989 appointed by H.H. Moran
Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas to serve the small community in the Capital
of Western Australia.
IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
AND THE ECUMENICAL WORK
The Syrian Orthodox Church, and from the
year 1960 is a member in the World Council of Churches. Therefore the
Syrian Orthodox Church in Australia
is also a member in this Council in Sydney,
Melbourne and Perth.
It is with pride to state herethat in Perth, and on 09Mar1996 The Syrian
Orthodox Rev. Deacon Theodore B T Issa was installed as the President
of the Conference of Churches in Western Australia (CCWA) on behalf
of the Orthodox Family in Western Australia. Rev. Deacon Theodore Issa
served the (CCWA) up to 1998. Nowadays, Rev. Deacon Theodore continues
to represent the Syrian Orthodox Church in different meetings and activities
relating to the (CCWA).
In the year 1999, and with the
blessings of H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Rev. Afodyakno Theodore
Issa represented the Syrian Orthodox Church in the World Council of
Churches 8th Assembly that was held in Africa.
There is a great and ongoing
co-operation between the St. Ephraim Syrian Orthodox Church led by V.
Rev. Fr. Boutros Touma Issa and the Coptic Orthodox Church led by Rev.
Fr. Abram Abdel Malik, therefore, V. Rev. Fr. Issa would conduct Bible
studies and deliver lectures on our great fathers and saints at the
Coptic Orthodox Church, and Rev. Fr. Abram would participate in some
of the activities held by our Church, e.g. the International World Day
of Prayers and the Christian Unity day hosted by the Syrian Orthodox
Church. Further, Deacon
Theodore Issa conducts Bible Studies and debates on some issues that
worry the youth for the Coptic Youth on monthly basis.
As a result of this co-operation
between the two churches, and during the Great Lent of the year 2000,
a HYMNS CD was produced that included prayers for the four sister churches,
The Syrian Orthodox Church, The Coptic Orthodox Church, the Armenian
Church, and The Ethiopian Church.
Further, the St. Ephraim Syrian Orthodox
Church in Perth is heavily involved in
the Ecumenical activities in Perth,
and in the year 2000 hosted the International World Day of Prayers.
And, on yearly basis, the St. Ephraim Syrian
Orthodox Church takes part in the annual celebrations that take place
on the occasion of the World Day of Prayers that is held in different
Churches during March each year.
On 7th March 2003
participated in the annual World Day of Prayer, and this time our Miss
Theodora Issa was the guest speaker at this meeting
In May 2004, the St.
Ephraim Syrian Orthodox hosted the prayer for the Christian Unity and
demonstrated to those participating the true Syriac cultural values
Ongoing co-operation with the
Coptic Orthodox Church, where V. Rev. Fr. Boutros Touma Issa, and Afodyakno
Theodore Issa would be guest speakers on different times either to the
youth or to the whole community to deliver speeches that are derived
from the Holy Bible, or from our Syrian Orthodox Church's history.
THE ST. EPHRAIM SYRIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH'S
ACTIVITIES IN PERTH - WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The Syriac Liturgy book was
assembled by V. Rev. Fr. Boutros Touma Issa in English, Syriac Pronunciation
in English for the parishioners to use during the Holy Mass.
Training sessions were held
for the deacons to improve their approach at the Altar.
Training sessions were held
for all the parishioners to practice in the hymns for the holy occasions
at the Church's calendar;
During H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius
Zakka I Iwas's Apostolic visit to Western Australia celebrated a Holy
Mass on 23 Sept. 1994 at which time H.H. ordained and promoted some
of the deacons of St. Ephraim's Syrian Orthodox Church in Western Australia.
This apostolic visit was an occasion for the community here to
meet and celebrate this blessed occasion;
A weekly bulletin under the
name "NOOHRO" THE LIGHT continues to be published since November
1995. The LIGHT would have a different theme each year. It started as
an English version of the Weekly Holy Gospel, the Book of Act, Old Testament
and Epistles readings, then moved to give the readers as much information
as possible on our great fathers and forefathers through extracts from
their great lives, and the Syriac weekly calendar. Then moved to share
with the readers stories on our Saints and Martyrs, and currently the
LIGHT illustrates and discusses stories of personalities from the Holy
Bible, accompanied with a simple way to learn our Syriac Language together
with a quiz that would encourage readers to go through our history and
the Holy Bible in a very friendly way.
Under the same name "THE
LIGHT" an annual calender is prepared and distributed to the community
members on Christmas each year. This calendar indicates the major Holy
Days in the Syrian Orthodox Calendar;
THE LIGHT publishes a yearly
calendar that outlines the annual feasts according to the Syriac Calendar.
The St. Ephraim Syrian Orthodox
Church led by V. Rev. Fr. Boutros Touma Issa conducted a series of lectures
and educational sessions on the life of our Great Patriarch Mor Michael
Rabo, in the year 1999, in line with H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I
Iwas's Apostolic Bull commemorating 800th Anniversary of Mor
Michael Rabo's departure from this earthly life to the heavenly
chambers. On the final day of the celebrations commemorative gifts were
distributed to the families that participated in the annual activities,
and an exhibition of what was published on this great Patriarch in The
LIGHT was held in the Church's hall on 11th November 1999.
The St. Ephraim Syrian Orthodox
Church led by V. Rev. Fr. Boutros Touma Issa held several sessions on
learning and explaining the actions of the Celebrant and the Deacons
during the Holy Mass to encourage the participation of the parishioners
in the Holy Mass.
In the year 2000, and in line
with H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, the Church celebrated 1500th
Anniversary of the birth of both Mor Yacoub
Burd'ono and the pious Empress
Theodora. Thus brochure was issued on this occasion, and V. Rev.
Fr. Boutros Touma Issa was invited to Melbourne to convey lecture
on these great personalities in our Syrian Orthodox Church's History.
In the year 2001 several sessions
of the training of the deacons were held either at the Church or on
different historic locations in Perth,
to allow those deacons to perform their duties properly at the altar.
The community members received
copies of the documentary video and the three volumes of the Hidden
In the year 2002 participated
in the annual World Day of Prayer that was held on 1st March
In the year 2002 and during
June, another session of training was held for the church’s deacon
to help them fully understand the components of the liturgy
On 29th September
2002, took the chance of the presence of H.H. Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka
I Iwas, Patriarch of Antioch and all the East, the Supreme Head of the
Universal Syrian Orthodox Church in Melbourne, and with the assistance
of Rev. Fr. Abdel Malek of the Coptic Orthodox Church we, the small
flock in Perth were able to enrich our lives with spiritual guidance
from H.H. through video conferencing.
During this video conference, V. Rev. Fr. Boutros Touma Issa,
who was at the time in Melbourne, delivered a speech thanking H.H. for
his generosity, this was followed by a small talk by H.E. Saliba Touma
(departed this earthly life in the year 2004).
Then H.H. talked to the small flock, it was an emotional meeting
to be able to see and hear H.H.
On 6th October 2002,
another video conference was held when H.H. Mor Thawfelous George Saliba
(Archbishop of the Mount of Lebanon)
who was present in Melbourne
at the time. This time,
V. Rev. Fr. Boutros Touma Issa was back in Perth,
and commenced with a welcome speech to H.E. that was followed by a talk
In November 2004 the small flock
welcomed for the first time H.H. Mor Malatius Malki Malki on a visit
the community members
In April 2005 the small flock
celebrated the 90th anniversary of the massacre of our forefathers
In June 2005 the small flock
commemorated 25 years on the departure of H.H.
Moran Mor Ignatius Yacoub III from this earthly life
In June 2005 and in preparation
for the celebrations of the Silver
Jubilee (25th Anniversary) of the installation of H.H.
Moran Mor Ignatius Zakka I Iwas, Miss Theodora Issa in co-operation
with Mr. Thomas Joseph and members of the Issa Family translated one
of the books authored by H.H. to form part of the
testimony and confirmation of the Mysteries of Incarnation and Redemption”
to form part of the commemorative festschrift that is intended to be
issued by the Syrian Orthodox Community in India on this occasion
In July 2005 the small flock
commenced the humble celebrations of H.H.’s Silver
Jubilee (25th Anniversary) with the presentation of a
power point presentation that took the audience in a journey with H.H.
from the time of his birth. This was followed by the screening of
an edited version of the video tapes recorded at the time of H.H.’s
two visits to Perth
(1987 and 1994)
In August 2005 the small flock
in Perth continued with the humble celebrations
of H.H.’s Silver Jubilee
(25th Anniversary) and this time presented an edited
version of video tapes that were recorded during H.H.'s visits to the
Eastern States of Australia. The concentration was to allow the audience
to witness and watch the ceremony of the promotion of a priest to the
rank of Archpriest, and the consecration of St. Ephraim Syrian Orthodox
Church in Melbourne
V. Rev. Fr. Boutros Touma Issa
P O Box 31,
Tel.: + 61 8 9354 3424
+ 61 8 9354 3424
V. Rev. Fr. Boutros Touma Issa
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