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New leader of Archdiocese to visit Adelaide

September 2019

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 Adelaide.
“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 Australia.
“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 of Australia.
“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 concludes.



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