Multi-Cultural Australia: Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Granville, NSW

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EVA_L on February 29, 2008

Dear Yan! I know that Australia for many Ukrainians became the second house. Is it really the Ukrainian Church? Wonderful! Greetings from Ukraine. Eva

Ian Stehbens on February 29, 2008

Dear Eva,

Of course, this is especially for you, dear friend.

The suffering of your people in days gone by meant that there is a great diaspora, and yes this is a church of the Ukrainian community here. I know of three Ukrainian Orthodox Churches in Sydney (Granville, Blacktown and Strathfield) and one Ukrainian Catholic Church (Lidcombe). Yesterday I drove past a beautiful Russian Orthodox Church but didn't have time to stop. I believe there are around 10 such churches in Sydney.

Now you have seen a little piece of Ukraine in our big city. It is not far (4km) from our home. And remember you found a little Australian in Montenegro!

Bogdan Brus on March 23, 2009

Наши уже и в Австралию добрались 8) Greetings from Ukraine.

Ian Stehbens on March 23, 2009

Украинцы - встречают Австралию. Когда я был ребенком, я рос с детьми, которые были беженцами из Восточной Европы. И, я надеюсь посетить Украину однажды.


Bogdan Brus on March 26, 2009

Аrrive to us. we will wait. only not now. and later. and in our country horror that created. With kind regards. Бо.

Ian Stehbens on March 27, 2009

Dear Бо,

Persecution can be like the death of a plant: people are dispersed across the world just as seeds are dispersed from the dying plant. In that way a culture and a people develop in new soil. Ukrainians have made valuable contributions to Australian society.

And thank you for your welcome. Thanks for your friendship.


maciu vatu on April 23, 2009

...I bet Ukrainian churghes are all the world, there's one here in Acton, London, where I'm typing this now, about 200 metres away. Good people they are, Ian. Good luck.

Ian Stehbens on April 24, 2009

Bula Maciu. You obviously enjoy the richness of different cultures and have a love for people too.


maciu vatu on April 28, 2009

....well spotted Ian, yes I've travelled a bit and now in my twilight years I'm thinking of heading back to the islands and relaxing under the palms trees. Life isn't for ever, that's for sure.

Take care, mate.

Ian Stehbens on May 3, 2009

Some of my friends have often mused about retiring to rest under a coconut but that can be hazardous place to sit. But sure there are many idyllic places in the islands, though I am not at all sure that Fijian politics will ever let one rest.

My wife and I will be heading to Tonga for 6 months soon, and we are anticipating teaching for second semester each of the next three years. It seems like a great way to retire and be active at the same time! And we hope to be to visit Samoa and Tahiti whilst we are in Polynesia.



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