The Free Serbian Orthodox diocese enthrones a new Bishop
The Free Serbian Orthodox community celebrates as His Grace, Rt Rev Ambrose, is enthroned in Canberra. Photo: Katherine Griffiths
Close to 100 members of the Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese travelled to the ACT on Sunday from all over Australia and New Zealand to celebrate the reopening of the church near Hall that was closed in 2007.
Parishioners celebrated the new chapter of the diocese with the newly enthroned Bishop Ambrose, who welcomed locals and visitors back to the church five years after they were locked out following the dismissal of Bishop Irinej Dobrijevic.
Bishop Ambrose was inaugurated and bestowed the right to ordain priests and make policy decisions for the Free Serbian Orthodox Church by His Grace, Bishop Auxentios.
''This is a critical element for the church's path in the future.
''After five years of being a widowed diocese it was a joyful event,'' Bishop Auxentios said.
Australian and New Zealand Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese vice-president Ratomir Nesic said the church now had a bright future to look towards.
''The new bishop can now ordain new members of the clergy and can work with all the Free Serbian Orthodox churches all around Australia and New Zealand; this is such a great thing for the church,'' he said.
Bishop Ambrose was introduced and welcomed with an array of colourful festivities after the normal Sunday morning liturgy. Before the celebrations kicked into high gear he blessed the church and cut the church cake as the congregation kissed the cross and received the holy bread.