Archbishop Stylianos of Australia made a historic visit to the new building of the Greek Community of Melbourne on Thursday, December 31, 2014.
Their Graces Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis and Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis accompanied Archbishop Stylianos in his tour around the new Greek Community Centre of Contemporary Culture.
The archbishop met with Greek Community President Vasilis Papastergiadis, as well as Vice Presidents Jim Bossinakis and George Kallianis, Secretary General Costas Markos, Treasurer Nick Parthimos, Greek Community Centre of Contemporary Culture director George Menidis and community staff members.
His Eminence was informed about the new building, the educational programs and the Greek Orthodox Community activities, while Markos presented him the Community’s first minute book, dating back to 1897.
Archbishop Stylianos congratulated the Board on the Community’s work and activities. “You are making a great job and you need to be congratulated,” he said. Furthermore, he stated that he was excited about his visit and wished everyone a Happy New Year and success.
Papastergiadis noted that he was satisfied with the Archbishop’s visit.
“It was a historic moment,” he said. “It is an indication of good relations between the Archdiocese of Australia and the Community. It is also an indication of the strong ties between the leadership of both institutions. It was an opportunity to show the new Community building to His Eminence and talk about the positive effects of a united front, something for which both institutions are proud. We shall work together so that these positive results continue in the future. Archbishop Stylianos expressed his appreciation for our great work. We thank him for honoring us with a visit to the new Community building.”