Orthodoxy in Fiji: Missionary Journey

by Bishop Amphilochios of New Zealand The course of events, according to the popular saying, in fact, divine providence, led our paces to beautiful Savu-Savu in Vanua Levu, the second largest island of Fiji. This visit was originally scheduled for next month. However, a sudden big trial of our Orthodox brother Pantelis Baravilala made us leave the urgent tasks we had on Viti Levu, the first of the largest islands, and go to Savu-Savu, the natural harbor of Vanua Levu. We were accommodated in a beautiful hotel owned by our Russian Orthodox brother Pavel Savenkov, who offered us warm hospitality. The next day we took the road to Pantelis’ … [Read more...]

Orthodoxy Spreads In The Pacific

by John Pyrros Pockets of Melbourne’s Greek community are getting behind a fundraiser which will pledge cash donations to the completion of new Greek Orthodox churches in Fiji. On Sunday Melburnians Stella and John Sofianopoulos will hosted a fundraiser at Ringwood’s Nikos Tavern, in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, aiming to raise $10,000 from an expected 200 guests. Under the authority of the Holy Archdiocese of New Zealand, the Church’s spread into the Pacific came into fruition six years ago, when New Zealand priest Fr Amphilochios of Rhodes acted on his dream of pushing Orthodoxy into neighbouring countries. The Fijian … [Read more...]

How A Hindu from Fiji Became An Orthodox Priest

By Fr. Barnabas Nair Greetings to all my beloved Orthodox Christians. I am Fr. Barnabas from Labasa, the second largest island in Fiji. I am taking the opportunity to convey to you how I found the truth in the Orthodox Church. When I first met His Eminence Mr. Amphilochios on my island Vanua Levu in the city of Savusavu it was a Saturday morning on the 18th of June in 2010. When he visited me in my store, he was standing near my door. I thought he was an ordinary man, but then I saw that he wore a pectoral cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. I took him into my shop. I was very happy and my tears were rolling when I shook hands with him. … [Read more...]