St Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan has established an Orthodox Parish in Southern Province (Sindh) in 2012 and named it as St. Anthony Orthodox Church Hyderabad. Small communities in two towns Issa nagri and Kotari have been established and true Orthodox Christian Faith is being introduced in two of these towns. . St. Anthony Orthodox Parish Hyderabad was formed in 2012 ex Roman Catholic priest as Shamaoon Dullah and later in January 2013 was ordained as a priest in Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR) to take responsibilities in Sindh Province of Pakistan. With the blessing of Metropolitan Hilarion 1st Hirarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR ) and ruling bishop of Australia and New Zealand St. Anthony‚Äôs Orthodox Parish in Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan has been blessed to purchase a piece of land to construct a School and Home for destitute Children. Divine Liturgy and Land Breaking ceremony was held at our Land on Sunday 18th August 2013 where the dean of St. Michael the Archangel Orthodox Mission in Pakistan Rev. Father Adrian Augustus was the main celebrant and Rev. Father Anthony Shamoon, Rev. Father Cyril , Rev. Father Joseph and Lay reader Joseph Ayub were con-celebrant.
The Divine Liturgy was done in tents and 300 Orthodox Faithful participated in this liturgy and there were more than 150 catechumens who observed the divine liturgy . In his 30 minute speech Rev. Father Adrian focused on Orthodox presence in region and said that we are here not to convert people to Christianity but to show them the way to practice Orthodox way of life. Representing metropolitan Hilaron at this occasion father Adrian congratulated the congregation and clergy at Pakistan mission and said that the Russian people are a great nation on earth and they must be proud of their presence in Pakistan and spread true Orthodox Christian faith to newly converted faithful and people of good heart.
After the divine liturgy land breaking ceremony was done and rev. father Arian Augustus blessed the land and then the certificate distribution ceremony and cultural program was held by students of youth summer. 65 students completed youth summer camp program and learnt English language, comics, personality development, behavioral change education, career guidance and composite heritage and received completion certificates on 18th August 2013 by the hands of rev. Father Adrian Augustus.
St. Anthony's Orthodox Parish was also blessed with new members in the congregation and 17 newly converted were baptized to receive body and blood of Christ.
At the end of this ceremony all participants were served with delicious lunch and rector of St. Anthony's Orthodox Parish Hyderabad Sindh said the words of thanks to all honorable guests, students and all who help the parish to run its activities and services in the parish.
Father Anthony Shamaoon Rector St. Anthony's Orthodox Parish, Hyderabad ,Sindh Pakistan.