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« on: June 19, 2003, 01:34:18 AM »

Hello everyone!  My name is Michelle, actually baptized last year (20th June) as Katherine, after Great Martyr Katherine.  I live in Sydney, Australia.  I come from a Russian / Australian family, so grew up attending Protestant churches, and occasionally the Orthodox church.  In 1999 - 2001, I attended a Bible College and lived in the USA for two years, then came back home to Australia.  Finally, last year, I joined the Holy Orthodox Church, which has been my wish all my life.  I am now very happy as an Orthodox Christian, attending the Protection of the Holy Virgin Church.  I don't know very many other Orthodox Christians my own age (26), so am looking for people all over the world to make new friends with, so we can share our faith and thoughts together - particularly so we can all encourage one another in our walk with God, while still on earth.  If you care to write, I'd be glad to hear from you!  You can reach me at sparrowshell@hotmail.com

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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2003, 01:39:31 AM »

Hello, welcome to our site. Smiley  I am 24 and about to begin my first of graduate school.  I myself have a hard time finding Orthodox who are around my age. If you want, we can exchange e-mails.

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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2003, 05:56:26 AM »

G'day Michelle/Katherine! (which do you prefer we use?)

it's nice to meet someone else from Sydney as that is where I spent most of my formative years (alas, not as orthodox). Prior to getting married and moving to Greece I lived in the Coogee/Randwick/Maroubra area. Before that I was out West at Campbelltown and Liverpool.

Where abouts in Sydney are you situated and which church do you attend? I learned from one of the nuns at a monastery here in Greece that there is a Russian monastery somewhere near Campbelltown. If you don't already know of it I recommend you find it. You might have the opportunity to meet others your age who are also visiting. I can ask Sister Damiani for more details when I next see her if you like.

I hope we get to see you here a lot more in the future, and if you know Russian, I'm sure your input would be appreciated here in the -â-ü-ü-¦-+-¦ Forum (I don't know Russian BTW).

« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2003, 08:40:18 AM »

A warm welcome, Katherine.  Sorry, I'm not anywhere near your age--I'm a young grandfather of 62!  But I still would very much appreciate your posting here and giving us insights as to the life of an Orthodox Christian "Down Under."   Smiley   And how you found your way home too!

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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2003, 09:05:54 AM »


Welcome to Orthodoxchristianity.net!  I know what you mean about how hard it can be to find Orthodox young adults.  I know of perhaps a handful within 500km of my geographic location(Greenville, SC USA).  

I hope to see you participate in the forums!  

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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2003, 12:58:44 AM »

Welcome, sister Katherine!

I know you asked for new friends, but I hope you don't mind some of us who aren't so new anymore!  Wink

I hope you will post here often.

May God bless you and yours!

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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2003, 02:14:40 PM »

Welcome to the site, Katherine.  I'm sure by now you've found that there are many people here, and we're by and large a friendly lot.  One thing that I don't think anyone else has mentioned is the chat room, which you can find at the top of the page.  If you ever see anyone in there, or you try the scheduled chat time (which, if I'm not mistaken, is still Thursday nights Eastern time in the US), you should join in; it is usually an interesting experience.  Wink  Other than that, the usual can be done, exchanging emails and instant messaging; that information can usually be found in the profiles.  Hope to hear more from you.

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« Reply #7 on: June 20, 2003, 03:41:45 PM »

Welcome Michelle/Katherine!
Sydney, aye?  I'm planning a little trip there myself soon, some friends of mine are getting married at that very church you go too... I think, have to double check the invite.  As a matter of fact they're 26... only problem is after the wedding their moving back Stateside.  Can you give me some advice on what to see/do down there?  My friends will be busy & I've got 2 weeks Down Under.  
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« Reply #8 on: June 20, 2003, 04:37:25 PM »

Here's a good Orthodox youth website:



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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2003, 05:09:20 PM »

Hi Katherine,
I'm going (just bought the ticket yesterday :smiliedisco1:) to be there July 25th (flying out July 23rd) until August 8th.  It's gonna rock, I'm sure :clapper: And the wedding is at Cabramatta.  Thanks for the advice on places to go.  :-)  Masha (the bride) has told me about the wine country out there, and hopefully I'll get a chance to take a drive out to it.  
Anyway, it's time for me to jet!

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