St. John the Baptist Parish, A Parish of the Russian Orthodox Church, Canberra, Australia

Русская Версия


Photo of the Church Welcome to the website of the St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Canberra. The cathedral parish is part of the Australian Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church (Abroad). We hope that your visit will be of benefit.

The dean of the cathedral is Archpriest Alexander Morozow.

For general enquiries please email For information and enquiries about hiring the parish hall, please see the contact page.

Our parish website also has web pages in Russian with different content.

Recent Updates

26 May 2020
Important update regarding COVID-19
10 May 2020
Important update regarding COVID-19
19 March 2020
April edition of Listok (in Russian).
17 April 2020
Information on blessing Easter foods
16 April 2020
Great (Good) Friday
13 April 2020
Holy (Passion) Week
10 April 2020
Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday
5 April 2020
Details for Faith and Wisdom, Daniel and the Three Youths ministry and the bible study being held online added.
4 April 2020
Fifth Sunday of Lent – St Mary of Egypt
28 March 2020
Pastoral Letters relating to COVID-91
21 March 2020
Additional announcement regarding COVID-19
21 March 2020
Details for helping support our parish
19 March 2020
Important announcement regarding COVID-19

Updates Related to COVID-19

The continuing relaxation of restriction on gatherings starting on Saturday 30 May allowing twenty worshipers to attend church services is very welcome but continues to pose some difficulties for us to ensure we comply with these requirements. As painful as having services behind closed doors has been, it would be no less painful for someone to come to church only to be told there are already twenty people attending and that they cannot enter.

After again reviewing this changing situation, Father Stephen and I have agreed that for the time being we will ask that anyone wishing to attend Sunday services notifies me (Father Alexander) in advance on 0411165925 and does not just come along on Sunday morning without warning. We will continue to give priority to those who wish to receive confession and communion and also to those with special needs.

Weekly services are being held on Saturday evenings and Sunday mornings at the usual times. As attendance on Saturday evenings is usually considerably less than for Sunday liturgy, prior notice for these Saturday evening services is not required, with the exception only of Trinity Saturday evening on 6 June. For that evening, given it is the eve of a great feast day, prior notice is requested. We will continue do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs over time but we ask that you remain patient.

God willing, the continuing low new infection rates will allow governments to again further relax gathering restrictions in the coming weeks and months.

Please also see:

To help us through this period, we ask you to consider a regular monthly financial contribution to our parish. Contributions directly into our parish bank account is the easiest way to make your donation. Our bank account details are as follows:

BSB: 032719
Account: 602930

Other updates for the parish community and communications from the parish clergy will be published here. Please check back regularly.

Easter Greeting

Easter Greeting from Archpriest Alexander.

Our Journey Towards Easter

Fifth Sunday of Lent – St Mary of Egypt

Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday

Holy (Passion) Week

Great (Good) Friday

For updates to the service schedule and other parish events, follow us (@stjohn_baptist) on Twitter or on Facebook.

Parish Life

Faith and Wisdom

A new ministry will begin in our church called 'Faith and Wisdom'. These talks/discussions will help our congregation to better understand their faith and to grow in their faith. This is open to all adults and will cover all aspects of our faith including the basic concepts of Orthodoxy. Details are as follows:

These classes are now held online at 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm on Sunday afternoons. Please see our Facebook page for the link.

Daniel and the Three Youths Ministry

This is a new service for the children of our parish aged between 5 and 8 years old. The purpose of this service is to teach the next generation the foundation of our faith, including beliefs and practises, as well as church hymns that will enable them to participate in the liturgy.

Class will begin and end with prayer and will be conducted according the the following format:

These classes are now held online at 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm on Sunday afternoons. Please see our Facebook page for the link.

Bible Study

The bible study continues at 6:30 pm on Monday evenings (except when this coincides with a church service). These classes are now held online. Please see our Facebook page for the link.

Upcoming Events

  • April edition of Listok (in Russian)… Read on…
  • January edition of Listok (in Russian)… Read on…
  • August edition of Listok (in Russian)… Read on…
  • Our behaviour During Services… Read on…(PDF)

Recent Snapshots

Church interior

Parish Membership


We would encourage those who attend our services and are part of the Orthodox community in Canberra to become parish members. An explanation of the importance of parish membership (PDF) is available in Russian and English, as is a parish membership form, (PDF) also in Russian and English.

Information is available about how members of our community can help to support our parish financially, when unable to attend weekly services.