Archbishop Makarios, the newly-enthroned Greek-Orthodox Archbishop of Australia, arrived in Adelaide on Saturday for his first pastoral visit to city since his enthronement in June.
A huge crowd welcomed Makarios at Adelaide Airport where he was greeted by Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaeon, local politicians, students and community leaders.
Later Makarios conducted a service at the Monastery of St Nectarios.
In his first official address in Adelaide, he shared messages of love and unity, with an emphasis on the engagement and support of youth in a country that has been blessed with great prosperity and success.
“I invite you all to join together in love. I invite the young people; I invite all who thirst, who yearn for spirituality and are still looking – to come to Church.”
Posted by Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia – SA & NT on Friday, August 30, 2019
Makarios has a busy schedule during his five day visit 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.