Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church - Church & Community Life http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/ 60 The repose of Archpriest John Stukacz http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180215_1.html Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0500 <p style="text-align: justify; line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">On 14 February we learned with sorrow of the repose that day of Archpriest John Stukacz, a former rector of our parish and Dean of New South Wales.&nbsp; Born in Belarus in 1930, he arrived in Australia in 1950 as a displaced person.&nbsp; Settling in Adelaide, he became in time the choir conductor in the parish of Saint Nicholas there.&nbsp; After the completion of his study at the Holy Trinity Seminary in Jordanville in 1964 and marriage in 1966 he was ordained deacon and then priest.&nbsp; He served in Adelaide and London (UK) before returning to Australia permanently in 1976.&nbsp; In 1977 he was appointed senior priest of Saints Peter and Paul Diocesan Cathedral in Strathfield and Dean of New South Wales.&nbsp; He served here in Wallsend during the 1990s.&nbsp; Although in 2007 he left the jurisdiction of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia he retained the respect of many in our parish, and we offer heartfelt condolences to Matushka Marina and their children.&nbsp; May God give him rest!</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180215_1.html The Final Report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180201_1.html Thu, 01 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0500 <p style="line-height: 150%; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px; text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: 'trebuchet ms', geneva;">The <a href="https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/">Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse</a> completed its work late in 2017.&nbsp; The seventeen-volume <a href="https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/final-report">Final Report</a> of the Royal Commission, which looked into the history of abuse in a range of institutions and organisations in Australia including religious groups, was published on 15 December 2017.&nbsp; The <a href="https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/final_report_-_preface_and_executive_summary.pdf">Final Report Preface and Executive Summary</a> summarises the findings and lists all the recommendations.&nbsp;There is also <a href="https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/a_brief_guide_to_the_final_report.pdf">a brief guide to the Final Report</a>. &nbsp;The Royal Commission made 28 recommendations that set out governance standards &ndash; including <a href="https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/sites/default/files/file-list/Research%20Report%20-%20Creating%20Child%20Safe%20Organisations%20-%20Prevention.pdf">the ten Child Safe Standards</a> &ndash; and compliance mechanisms designed to ensure that children stay safe in religious institutions.&nbsp; Our Parish Council is now familiarising itself with the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission so as to develop, in conjunction with the Diocesan authorities, policies and procedures to ensure that our parish and our Diocese remain&nbsp;<a href="/files/Saint-Nicholas-child-safe-child-friendly-policy---June-2013.pdf">child-safe and child-friendly</a>.</span></p> Saint Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church http://stnicholaswallsend.org.au/news_180201_1.html