On the 2nd November 2019, a meeting of the clergy of the ROCOR Indonesian mission was held in the church of the Apostle Thomas in Jakarta with the blessing of the First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of East America and New York. The Patriarchal Exarch of Southeast Asia, Metropolitan of Singapore and Southeast Asia, Sergiy, was invited to the meeting chaired by the Vicar of the Sydney and Australian-New Zealand diocese of ROCOR, Bishop of Canberra, George.
At the beginning of the meeting, the chairman conveyed to the clergy the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill and the First Hierarch of the ROCOR Metropolitan Hilarion. During the meeting, Bishop George spoke about the situation in the Indonesian mission and announced the establishment by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Patriarchal Exarchate of Southeast Asia, consisting of four eparchies: Singapore, Korea, Thailand, and Philippine-Vietnam. The Republic of Indonesia is included in the zone of canonical responsibility of the Singapore eparchy headed by Metropolitan Sergiy.
Next, Bishop George answered the clergy’s questions and led the conversation. The meeting resulted in the decision to transfer the clergy so that it was under the unified spiritual leadership of the newly formed Singapore diocese due to the lack of diocesan structures of the ROCA in Indonesia and on the basis of pastoral considerations. During the meeting, it was noted that such a transition is in full compliance with the 2007 Act of the canonical communion of the ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate, which allows the improvement of eparchial structures in cases when this meets pastoral needs.
“A new stage in building up the Orthodox Church in Indonesia begins,” Metropolitan Sergiy noted at the end of the meeting, “We still have a lot to do together. The potential of the Orthodox Church in this region is huge – we can see this in the mood of both the clergy and the flock. This new stage will require from us a lot of love, faith, diligence, and sacrifice because the ministry here is a missionary one.”
On November 3rd, 20th Week after Pentecost, a joint service of the Indonesian clergy of the Russian Orthodox Church took place in the church of the Apostle Thomas in Jakarta.