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of Australia, New Zealand & All Oceania
Welcome words from
BISHOP ROBERT RABBAT
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, welcome to the website of the Melkite Catholic Eparchy of Australia, New Zealand and All Oceania.
The Eparchy website is designed for our community, and we have endeavoured to make it easy to navigate with the content relatable, easy to understand, and much of it is translated to Arabic.
When technology is used purposefully, with good intention and creativity it allows us to develop valuable tools, such as this website. The Eparchy website provides knowledge of our faith, a means to learn about our Melkite history, our Byzantine liturgical rites and traditions and gives us access to Church resources and information about our community life.
Importantly the Eparchy website provides reliable and instructive information on the administrative, spiritual, and charitable works that your Eparchy undertakes and the pastoral and liturgical work of your Parish Priests and Deacons.
So, I encourage you to explore our website, view the good works of your Eparchy and the charitable foundations that operate under its patronage, meet our hardworking Parish Priests and Deacons and our dedicated volunteers who give graciously of their time and expertise to work on Parish committees and ensure our Melkite community remains alive, connected and thriving.
With my paternal blessing and prayers assured.
Bishop Robert Rabbat DD
Loving as Christ loves
Serving as Christ serves
Sacrifice as Christ sacrificed
In the spirit of building community in light of Christ we will:
Pray and celebrate our relationship with God in ways that enhance the spiritual growth of our diverse community.
Foster the faith formation of parishioners as we journey to reach our full potential.
Inspire all parishioners to share their unique God given gifts of time, talent and treasure.
Serve people in need, do justice, stand for dignity and promote peace and harmony within the parish.
Cultivate relationships with other faith (inter-ecumenical faiths) communities seeking harmony with one another as children of God.
Act as the living presence of Christ in our world building relationships, healing brokenness, serving others and welcoming all.
"Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ."
- 1 Corinthians 12:12
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