These classes are specifically designed to prepare those who wish to become Orthodox Christians.
It aims to introduce you to the basics of the Orthodox Christian Faith and way of life.
If you are 18 or older and have never been baptised, this 2 month Catechism Course will prepare you. Once you have completed the course - and if you wish to go the next step - you may make arrangements at your local Greek Orthodox Parish to be received into the Church through the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Chrismation.
If you have already been baptised in a Christian denomination which the Orthodox Church acknowledges (e.g. Roman Catholic, Anglican, Uniting, etc.) but you now prefer to become an Orthodox Christian, this Catechism Course will also prepare you. At the completion of the course - and if you wish to go the next step - you may make arrangements to be received into the Church through the Sacrament of Holy Chrismation (or Confirmation).
The Orthodox Christian Catechism Classes in Victoria are conducted in 8 different locations - Bentleigh, Dandenong, Geelong, Northcote, Oakleigh, Prahran, South Melbourne and Templestowe.
You may select the venue that suits you best. The Course is usually held at each location several times a year and classes are held on weekday evenings.
To apply for this Course, click on the link Application Form to download and print the Form. Please fill out the form carefully, attach photocopies of all relevant documents requested, according to your circumstances, and deliver it to one of the addresses at the top of the first page. If you choose "Northcote" as your Venue at the bottom of page 3 of the form, send it to the "District of Northcote". If you choose one of the other 7 Venues, send it to the "District of Melbourne". (Note: these offices are open Mondays to Fridays from 9am to 5pm - excluding Public Holidays and Major Church Feast Days).
After receiving your Application Form, the Catechism Coordinator will contact you to acknowledge receipt of your application and to inform you of the details of the next Course that will commence at your chosen location.
There are no fees for this Course - it is a ministry of the Church reaching out to prepare, inform and catechise its members. Consequently, you are also requested to bring along your Greek Orthodox fiancee, spouse, prospective Godparent or friend who will support you on this journey and that they also may have an opportunity to learn more about their own Faith.
For further details, please contact the Catechism Coordinator at one of the following offices, relevant to your application:
DISTRICT OF MELBOURNE
DISTRICT OF NORTHCOTE