New leader of Archdiocese to visit
The new leader of the Greek
Archdiocese of Australia will be in Adelaide this
weekend for a five day visit.
A written statement sent to the Greek Tribune by the
organisers of the visit reads:
“His Eminence Archbishop Makarios, the newly-enthroned
Greek-Orthodox Archbishop of Australia, will arrive in
Adelaide later this month for his first pastoral visit
to this State since his enthronement in June.
“His Eminence holds the highest position in the Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese in Australia, and the visit is part
of a broader pastoral tour to major Australian cities to
welcome the new Archbishop to Australia.
“A five day schedule of community and official events
has been planned to welcome Archbishop Makarios to
“Events include meeting with: the founders of Adelaide’s
Greek community; Heads of Churches; and government
officials like The Governor of South Australia and The
Hon. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of South
Australia, with a special visit to St Basil’s Homes in
St Peters on Father’s Day to meet with aged care
residents and their families.
“Archbishop Makarios will also visit youth and community
groups, in line with one of his key priorities, which is
to engage more with the younger generation.
His Eminence is due to arrive at Adelaide Airport at
1.40pm on Saturday 31 August, where he will be greeted
by His Grace, Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaeon, Hon Steve
Georganas MP, Hon Tom Koutsantonis MP, Ms Andrea
Michaels MP, Mrs Michelle Church CEO of St Basil’s Homes
(SA), Principals Mr Peter Karamoshos of St George
College and Ms Britta Corones of St Spyridon College, as
well as students and community leaders.
“A large crowd including families and children from the
Greek-Orthodox community are also expected, before
continuing to the Monastery of St Nectarios (81-93
Regency Road, Croydon Park) at 3:00pm for the first
Service to be conducted by His Eminence in South
“At the heart of Orthodoxy is family, which is why the
arrival of His Eminence, as the Father of the Church in
Australia, is such a significant event for the Orthodox
faithful of all ages,” says Mr Con Dalas, President of
the InterCommunities Council of South Australia.
“Archbishop Makarios succeeds the late Archbishop
Stylianos Harkianakis who passed away earlier this year
in March after serving Australia as the Archbishop for
more than 40 years.
“Born in 1973, Archbishop Makarios has a strong academic
career (he has completed three Masters and a Doctoral
dissertation in Bioethics) and has served the Ecumenical
Patriarchate in Constantinople, Greece and Estonia
before being unanimously elected as the new Archbishop
“Archbishop Makarios arrives on Saturday 31 August for
five days and departs on Wednesday 4 September 2019.
Members of the public will have the opportunity to
participate at a variety of events”, the statement