About our parish

Our Parish Feastday: The Annunciation of the Theotokos
Our parish is dedicated to the Holy Annunciation, one of the major feastdays of our Church calendar. We sing how it is the ‘beginning of our salvation’ – because the story of the salvation of humanity by Jesus Christ begins with His conception, when He took human flesh. You can read more about it on OrthodoxWiki.

Our Clergy
Our parish priest is Fr Andrew Smith. He is assisted by our parish deacon, Fr Matthew White.

As a parish of the Diocese of Australia & New Zealand (within the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia), our ruling bishop is Metropolitan Hilarion (who is both First Hierarch of ROCOR and Archbishop of Australia & New Zealand), and he is assisted by Bishop George of Canberra, who administers our Diocese. Further, as part of ROCOR, we are within the Church of Russia, headed by Patriarch Kyril.

Our Parishioners
Holy Annunciation Orthodox Church is a parish of the Australia and New Zealand Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR). We are the only Orthodox Christian parish in Brisbane dedicated to the worship of God in the English language.

Our parishioners are from all over the world, with birthplaces in Australia and New Zealand, Southeast Asia through China and Japan, the United States and Central America, Africa and beyond. All are united by our common faith, and we welcome any to join us, and experience the Church that Christ founded.

In our services, the Choir forms a critical component, representing the whole congregation in worship of God. You can read more, and watch some performances, on the Choir page.

Our Location
Our parish is located in the central suburb of Woolloongabba.

We are easy to get to via private transport, being close to Annerley and Ipswich Roads, and to the Southeast Freeway (M3).

For those using public transport, we are on the same street as Park Road Train Station and Boggo Road Busway Station, and within walking distance of Mater Hill Busway Station.

The simplest way to establish how to get to our parish is by using the ‘Directions’ tool within Google Maps (click here).

Our Parish History
Founded in 1972, our parish made history in the mid-1980s by being the first Orthodox parish in Australia to have all services in the English language.

If you’d like to know more about our parish, you can read more on our Parish History page.

Our Faith
Fr Andrew gave a talk on Orthodox Christianity which gives a short introduction to our faith.

If you’d like to know more, please see the ‘About Orthodox Christianity‘ section of this website, or contact us using the form below.