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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 11.11.2012

The Metropoliti of Kythera and Mayor Koukoulis with the Mageros family

From the left, Spiro, Peter, Helen & James.

Managing Director of Frutex, and major Kytherian benefactor of Kythera, Peter Mageros, very generously hosted a luncheon for 60 people, in the boardroom of Frutex.

The event celebrated the visit to Australia of the Metropoliti of Kythera, father Petros, and the Mayor of Kythera, Theothoros Koukoulis.

The date was Tuesday 30th October, 2012. The Consul General of Greece, and many prominent Kytherians were in attendance.

Frutex is located conveniently 20 minutes from Sydney's CBD, just down from Canterbury Road.

Address: 18 St. Albans Road,
Kingsgrove 2208.
NSW

Phone +61 2 9502 6500
Fax +61 2 9502 6511
www.frutex.com.au

Frutex Australia is a food ingredient business, which was established in 1968. Since its inception the company has had consistent revenue and volume growth, today Frutex is a major food ingredient company supplying a broad spectrum of ingredients to the major industrial manufacturers in Australia. Frutex is a major player in the Food Industry, with warehousing, distribution, manufacturing facilities located in Kingsgrove, Sydney.

The company is a technology leader in the food industry, investing heavily in state of the art plant and equipment to wash and infuse dry fruit under sterile manufacturing processes in Australia.

Delivering quality ingredients to the food industry has been the driving force for establishing this business. Frutex target markets are industrial manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors.

Frutex Australia carries a broad range of bakery and food ingredients, consisting of dry vine fruit, tree fruit, prunes, figs, nuts roasted & diced, coconut, seeds (ie. sunflower kernels, sesame, poppy seed, linseed. etc). fats & oils, tomato products, canned / frozen / aseptic / concentrates - fruit - blueberries, raspberries, peach, apricot, pear. Dehydrated cranberries, blueberries, cherries, etc. Vegetables - frozen / dehydrated / canned - mushrooms, carrots, celery, corn, onion, garlic, etc. All of these products can be further processed, cleaned and delivered in batch sizes for convenience.

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 11.11.2012

Peter Mageros engaged in deep conversation with the Metropoliti of Kythera

Managing Director of Frutex, and major Kytherian benefactor of Kythera, Peter Mageros, very generously hosted a luncheon for 60 people, in the boardroom of Frutex.

The event celebrated the visit to Australia of the Metropoliti of Kythera, father Petros, and the Mayor of Kythera, Theothoros Koukoulis.

The date was Tuesday 30th October, 2012. The Consul General of Greece, and many prominent Kytherians were in attendance.

Frutex is located conveniently 20 minutes from Sydney's CBD, just down from Canterbury Road.

Address: 18 St. Albans Road,
Kingsgrove 2208.
NSW

Phone +61 2 9502 6500
Fax +61 2 9502 6511
www.frutex.com.au

Frutex Australia is a food ingredient business, which was established in 1968. Since its inception the company has had consistent revenue and volume growth, today Frutex is a major food ingredient company supplying a broad spectrum of ingredients to the major industrial manufacturers in Australia. Frutex is a major player in the Food Industry, with warehousing, distribution, manufacturing facilities located in Kingsgrove, Sydney.

The company is a technology leader in the food industry, investing heavily in state of the art plant and equipment to wash and infuse dry fruit under sterile manufacturing processes in Australia.

Delivering quality ingredients to the food industry has been the driving force for establishing this business. Frutex target markets are industrial manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors.

Frutex Australia carries a broad range of bakery and food ingredients, consisting of dry vine fruit, tree fruit, prunes, figs, nuts roasted & diced, coconut, seeds (ie. sunflower kernels, sesame, poppy seed, linseed. etc). fats & oils, tomato products, canned / frozen / aseptic / concentrates - fruit - blueberries, raspberries, peach, apricot, pear. Dehydrated cranberries, blueberries, cherries, etc. Vegetables - frozen / dehydrated / canned - mushrooms, carrots, celery, corn, onion, garlic, etc. All of these products can be further processed, cleaned and delivered in batch sizes for convenience.

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 11.11.2012

The Metropoliti of Kythera delivers a speech during the visit to Frutex, Sydney

Managing Director of Frutex, and major Kytherian benefactor of Kythera, Peter Mageros, very generously hosted a luncheon for 60 people, in the boardroom of Frutex.

The event celebrated the visit to Australia of the Metropoliti of Kythera, father Petros, and the Mayor of Kythera, Theothoros Koukoulis.

The date was Tuesday 30th October, 2012. The Consul General of Greece, and many prominent Kytherians were in attendance.

Frutex is located conveniently 20 minutes from Sydney's CBD, just down from Canterbury Road.

Address: 18 St. Albans Road,
Kingsgrove 2208.
NSW

Phone +61 2 9502 6500
Fax +61 2 9502 6511
www.frutex.com.au

Frutex Australia is a food ingredient business, which was established in 1968. Since its inception the company has had consistent revenue and volume growth, today Frutex is a major food ingredient company supplying a broad spectrum of ingredients to the major industrial manufacturers in Australia. Frutex is a major player in the Food Industry, with warehousing, distribution, manufacturing facilities located in Kingsgrove, Sydney.

The company is a technology leader in the food industry, investing heavily in state of the art plant and equipment to wash and infuse dry fruit under sterile manufacturing processes in Australia.

Delivering quality ingredients to the food industry has been the driving force for establishing this business. Frutex target markets are industrial manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors.

Frutex Australia carries a broad range of bakery and food ingredients, consisting of dry vine fruit, tree fruit, prunes, figs, nuts roasted & diced, coconut, seeds (ie. sunflower kernels, sesame, poppy seed, linseed. etc). fats & oils, tomato products, canned / frozen / aseptic / concentrates - fruit - blueberries, raspberries, peach, apricot, pear. Dehydrated cranberries, blueberries, cherries, etc. Vegetables - frozen / dehydrated / canned - mushrooms, carrots, celery, corn, onion, garlic, etc. All of these products can be further processed, cleaned and delivered in batch sizes for convenience.

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 11.11.2012

The Metropoliti and Father Petros at the Aquarium in Darling Harbour

Thursday, 25th October, 2012.

The Metropoliti, Father Petros and the Mayor spent two hours in the Aquarium ands were fascinated by the exhibits.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is located on the city side of Darling Harbour, in the heart of Sydney.

http://www.sydneyaquarium.com.au

How to get there?

Sydney Ferries

Services to Darling Harbour depart from Circular Quay Wharf 5 about every half an hour.

Please check timetables for full schedule on Transport Info: 131 500 or www.131500.com.au

Walk
5-10 minute walk from CBD down Market Street or King Street.

Monorail
Exit the monorail from Darling Park station.

Light Rail
Exit the light rail from either the Convention Centre or Pyrmont Bay stations.

Taxi
Ask to be dropped at King Street Wharf on Lime Street or Wheat Road.

Train
A short walk from Town Hall or Wynyard stations.

Bus
Sydney Explorer Bus Stop No 24, or hop off any bus service in that city that drops near Market Street or King Street and take the short walk down to Darling Harbour.

Come on a journey of amazing discovery through Sea Life Sydney Aquarium's unique freshwater and marine aquatic environments and discover an incredible 13,000 animals from 700 different species - including the world's largest variety of sharks and rays.

At Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, you'll get to venture through 14 newly-themed zones including a new Shark Walk, a tropical Bay of Rays, an interactive Discovery Rockpool, Mangrove Swamps, a shipwreck and the new ocean tunnel walk-through - Shark Valley!

Along the way you'll encounter some of the world's most incredible animals, including the bizarre but beautiful dugongs - 2 of only 5 on display anywhere in the world - huge sharks, massive stingrays, majestic turtles, jellyfish, platypuses, penguins, sea dragons, thousands of tropical fish, enormous crabs and much, much more.

From the freshwater rivers of the south to the tropical waters of the north, including the world's biggest and most impressive Great Barrier Reef exhibit, a trip to Sydney Aquarium takes you around Australia's coastline, out into its oceans and up into its waterways - all without leaving the city!

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 11.11.2012

The Metropoliti of Kythera, father Petros and Mayor Koukoulis at Sydney Aquarium

Thursday, 25th October, 2012.

The Metropoliti, Father Petros and the Mayor spent two hours in the Aquarium ands were fascinated by the exhibits.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is located on the city side of Darling Harbour, in the heart of Sydney.

http://www.sydneyaquarium.com.au

How to get there?

Sydney Ferries

Services to Darling Harbour depart from Circular Quay Wharf 5 about every half an hour.

Please check timetables for full schedule on Transport Info: 131 500 or www.131500.com.au

Walk
5-10 minute walk from CBD down Market Street or King Street.

Monorail
Exit the monorail from Darling Park station.

Light Rail
Exit the light rail from either the Convention Centre or Pyrmont Bay stations.

Taxi
Ask to be dropped at King Street Wharf on Lime Street or Wheat Road.

Train
A short walk from Town Hall or Wynyard stations.

Bus
Sydney Explorer Bus Stop No 24, or hop off any bus service in that city that drops near Market Street or King Street and take the short walk down to Darling Harbour.

Come on a journey of amazing discovery through Sea Life Sydney Aquarium's unique freshwater and marine aquatic environments and discover an incredible 13,000 animals from 700 different species - including the world's largest variety of sharks and rays.

At Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, you'll get to venture through 14 newly-themed zones including a new Shark Walk, a tropical Bay of Rays, an interactive Discovery Rockpool, Mangrove Swamps, a shipwreck and the new ocean tunnel walk-through - Shark Valley!

Along the way you'll encounter some of the world's most incredible animals, including the bizarre but beautiful dugongs - 2 of only 5 on display anywhere in the world - huge sharks, massive stingrays, majestic turtles, jellyfish, platypuses, penguins, sea dragons, thousands of tropical fish, enormous crabs and much, much more.

From the freshwater rivers of the south to the tropical waters of the north, including the world's biggest and most impressive Great Barrier Reef exhibit, a trip to Sydney Aquarium takes you around Australia's coastline, out into its oceans and up into its waterways - all without leaving the city!

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 11.11.2012

Mayor Theothori Koukoulis at the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium

Thursday, 25th October, 2012.

The Mayor, the Metropoliti and Father Petros spent two hours in the Aquarium ands were fascinated by the exhibits.

Sea Life Sydney Aquarium is located on the city side of Darling Harbour, in the heart of Sydney.

http://www.sydneyaquarium.com.au

How to get there?

Sydney Ferries

Services to Darling Harbour depart from Circular Quay Wharf 5 about every half an hour.

Please check timetables for full schedule on Transport Info: 131 500 or www.131500.com.au

Walk
5-10 minute walk from CBD down Market Street or King Street.

Monorail
Exit the monorail from Darling Park station.

Light Rail
Exit the light rail from either the Convention Centre or Pyrmont Bay stations.

Taxi
Ask to be dropped at King Street Wharf on Lime Street or Wheat Road.

Train
A short walk from Town Hall or Wynyard stations.

Bus
Sydney Explorer Bus Stop No 24, or hop off any bus service in that city that drops near Market Street or King Street and take the short walk down to Darling Harbour.

Come on a journey of amazing discovery through Sea Life Sydney Aquarium's unique freshwater and marine aquatic environments and discover an incredible 13,000 animals from 700 different species - including the world's largest variety of sharks and rays.

At Sea Life Sydney Aquarium, you'll get to venture through 14 newly-themed zones including a new Shark Walk, a tropical Bay of Rays, an interactive Discovery Rockpool, Mangrove Swamps, a shipwreck and the new ocean tunnel walk-through - Shark Valley!

Along the way you'll encounter some of the world's most incredible animals, including the bizarre but beautiful dugongs - 2 of only 5 on display anywhere in the world - huge sharks, massive stingrays, majestic turtles, jellyfish, platypuses, penguins, sea dragons, thousands of tropical fish, enormous crabs and much, much more.

From the freshwater rivers of the south to the tropical waters of the north, including the world's biggest and most impressive Great Barrier Reef exhibit, a trip to Sydney Aquarium takes you around Australia's coastline, out into its oceans and up into its waterways - all without leaving the city!

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 10.11.2012

The Metropoliti of Kythera, and father Petros were fascinated by the Welcome Wall at Darling Harbour

Vist to Darling Harbouur, Thursday 25th October, 2012.

They were both intrigued by how many names of Greek immigrants had been placed upon the Wall.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 15.11.2012

welcome lunch at brisbane..

some of the guests at a lunch for the bishop of kythera and the mayor , in brisbane with the president of the greek community........ mr. jim georgiou sitting next to father petros with father anastios and father dimitri ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 15.11.2012

'a bishops lunch'

on a wet brisbane day a lunch was held at the greek club at west end brisbane for the metropolti of kythera ,father petros maniatis and the mayor of the island.. theodore koukoulis..on their first visit to brisbane as part of the australian tour by the party .. nice to have you here in sunny queensland !!!

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 15.11.2012

the bishops brisbane visit ..2012

brisbane kytherians with st. george priests and the bishop of kythera ...

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 15.11.2012

the bishop in brisbane 2012...

metropolitian of kythera at his recent visit to brisbane with father anastios and father dimitri of st. geoge .. brisbane

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 08.11.2012

Mayor Theorthori Koukoulis on top of Centre Point Tower, Sydney

Weds 24th of October.

He was accompanied by the Metropoliti of Kythera, father Petros, and George Poulos.

Visit to Australia, October-November 2012

Download the Media Release here:

Media Release on the visit by Metropolitan Seraphim to Australia.pdf

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 08.11.2012

Members of the Kytherian Association Committee, and the Kytherian Ladies Auxiliary

...the formal reception held at Kythera House at Rockdale on 20th October 2012.

Visit to Australia, October-November 2012, of the Metropoliti of Kythera, Father Petros, & Mayor, Theothori Koukoulis.

Download the Media Release here:

Media Release on the visit by Metropolitan Seraphim to Australia.pdf

A formal reception was held at Kythera House at Rockdale on 20th October 2012 to welcome Metropolitan Seraphim (Stergioulas) of Kythera and Antikythera on his first visit to Australia. His Eminence is accompanied by Father Petros Maniatis and the Mayor of Kythera, Theodore Koukoulis.

His Eminence was born on December 27, 1950 in Vragkiana, Karditsa in western Thessaly, Greece. He was made a deacon in 1971 and received the name Seraphim. He studied theology from 1972 to 1976 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and then continued with postgraduate studies from 1976 to 1978 at the University's Department of Systematic Theology.

Between 1971 and 1974 he also served as editor of the magazine Seraphim, the Hieromartyr of Phanarion, inspired by the Hieromonk Seraphim, Bishop of the Phanar, who bravely refused to accept Islam and was beaten and impaled by the Ottoman Turks in 1601.

His Eminence was ordained a priest in 1981 and then elevated to archimandrite. From 1979 to 2005, Father Seraphim served as a preacher with the Metropolis of Hydra, Spetses and Aegina.

In 1981, Father Seraphim spent three years on sabbatical leave at Mount Athos to undertake research on various issues, particularly the Neptic aspects of Orthodox monasticism which are characterised by sober-minded vigilance, watchfulness and purity of thought. His work was published in a three-volume Anthology of Philokalia.

On 2 July 2005 Seraphim was consecrated a bishop in a service conducted by then Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens. He was then enthroned as Metropoliti (a title equivalent to archbishop of an ecclesiastical province or metropolis) of Kythera and Antikythera on 30 July 2005.

On the occasion of His Eminence’s first visit to Australia, the President of the Kytherian Association, Victor Kepreotis, welcomed the Metropolitan as well as Father Petros and Mayor Koukoulis, to the Kytherian Association’s new “spiritual centre” in Sydney, a cultural resource facility and meeting place that now houses arguably one of Sydney’s finest community Hellenic libraries. With more than eighty members, friends and guests in attendance, including Mayor Nickolas Varvaris and Councillor Nicholas Aroney of Kogarah Council and ex-Wollahra Mayor John Comino, Dr Kepreotis praised the work of the Metropolitan and wished him an enjoyable time in Australia.

Metropolitan Seraphim expressed delight at the opportunity afforded to him to visit Australia and to meet the Kytherians of the diaspora. His Eminence also thanked the well-known benefactor, George Hatziplis, for arranging the visit and indicated that he plans to visit Brisbane, Canberra and Gosford as part of his reaching out to Kytherians downunder.

Mayor Koukoulis also thanked those who attended the reception and commented that it is a truism that the Kytherians in the diaspora love their island even more than the locals.

After the formal speeches, His Eminence and the other guests and members enjoyed the small delicacies and sweets that were laid out by the Association and were able to mingle amongst the crowd and even renew some old acquaintances.

The Kytherian Association welcomes the arrival of the island’s spiritual leader to Australia.

George Vardas
Cultural Officer, Kytherian Association of Australia

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 08.11.2012

The Metropoliti of Kythera, father Petros and Mayor Koukoulis

were guests at a 30 person dinner hosted by the Kytherian Association of Australia at Meet the Greek, on Sunday, 21st Oct, 2012.

Meet The Greek
85 The Grand Pde
Brighton-Le-Sands NSW 2216

Phone (02) 9597 5062

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 07.11.2012

The Metropoliti of Kythera, father Petros and Mayor Koukoulis

were guests at a 30 person dinner hosted by the Kytherian Association of Australia at Meet the Greek, on Sunday, 21st Oct, 2012.

Meet The Greek
85 The Grand Pde
Brighton-Le-Sands NSW 2216

Phone (02) 9597 5062

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 12.11.2012

Mayor Theothori Koukoulis sitting with fellow Kytherians, Peter and Maria Vlandis

The Saint Haralambos function held their annual dinner dance at the Twin Reception Centre, 560 Botany Rd, Alexandria, NSW, 2015.

The evening of Sat 20th October, 2012.

The Dinner Dance helps raise funds to complete the building of Saint Haralambos Church, Tuggerah, on the Central Coast of NSW.

Address:

Saint Haralambos
Lot 4,
Fleet Close
Tuggerah 2259
NSW

Which is off Reliance Drive, in the Tuggerah Business Park.

Download .pdf Map, here:

Saint Haralambos Map.pdf

Postal Address:

PO Box 137
The Entrance 2261
CENTRAL COAST
NSW

Life of Saint Haralambos

Ph: President, Tas Fermanis

Email Tas Fermanis, here

Email Gloria Fermanis, here

Email Lucky Anagnostou, here

View a video of the foundation stone ceremony here:

http://youtu.be/qFVJNWzbD_Q

(Created by Angelique (Taylor) Papadelias of Little Screen Big Screen Pty Ltd.)

Email Angelique (Taylor) Papadelias , here

Download the Saint Haralambos programme for the 2012 year, here:

Ayios_Haralambos_Tuggerah_2012_Annual_Program.pdf

Download the Monthly Newsletters from the Saint Haralambos Church Newsletters page.

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 07.11.2012

Mayor Theothori Koukoulis also took to the dance floor at the Saint Haralambos function

....along with fellow Kytherians and Hellenes.

The Saint Haralambos function held their annual dinner dance at the Twin Reception Centre, 560 Botany Rd, Alexandria, NSW, 2015.

The evening of Sat 20th October, 2012.

The Dinner Dance helps raise funds to complete the building of Saint Haralambos Church, Tuggerah, on the Central Coast of NSW.

Address:

Saint Haralambos
Lot 4,
Fleet Close
Tuggerah 2259
NSW

Which is off Reliance Drive, in the Tuggerah Business Park.

Download .pdf Map, here:

Saint Haralambos Map.pdf

Postal Address:

PO Box 137
The Entrance 2261
CENTRAL COAST
NSW

Life of Saint Haralambos

Ph: President, Tas Fermanis

Email Tas Fermanis, here

Email Gloria Fermanis, here

Email Lucky Anagnostou, here

View a video of the foundation stone ceremony here:

http://youtu.be/qFVJNWzbD_Q

(Created by Angelique (Taylor) Papadelias of Little Screen Big Screen Pty Ltd.)

Email Angelique (Taylor) Papadelias , here

Download the Saint Haralambos programme for the 2012 year, here:

Ayios_Haralambos_Tuggerah_2012_Annual_Program.pdf

Download the Monthly Newsletters from the Saint Haralambos Church Newsletters page.

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 07.11.2012

Mayor Theothori Koukoulis speaking to attendees at the Saint Haralambos dinner dance

After the official welcome at the Kytherian Association of Australia headquarters at Rockdale, on the evening of Sat 20th October, Mayor Theothori Koukoulis went on to the annual dinner dance at the Twin Twin Reception Centre, 560 Botany Rd, Alexandria, NSW, 2015, where he spoke to an attentive audience.

The Dinner Dance helps raise funds to complete the building of Saint Haralambos Church, Tuggerah, on the Central Coast of NSW.

Address:

Saint Haralambos
Lot 4,
Fleet Close
Tuggerah 2259
NSW

Which is off Reliance Drive, in the Tuggerah Business Park.

Download .pdf Map, here:

Saint Haralambos Map.pdf

Postal Address:

PO Box 137
The Entrance 2261
CENTRAL COAST
NSW

Life of Saint Haralambos

Ph: President, Tas Fermanis

Email Tas Fermanis, here

Email Gloria Fermanis, here

Email Lucky Anagnostou, here

View a video of the foundation stone ceremony here:

http://youtu.be/qFVJNWzbD_Q

(Created by Angelique (Taylor) Papadelias of Little Screen Big Screen Pty Ltd.)

Email Angelique (Taylor) Papadelias , here

Download the Saint Haralambos programme for the 2012 year, here:

Ayios_Haralambos_Tuggerah_2012_Annual_Program.pdf

Download the Monthly Newsletters from the Saint Haralambos Church Newsletters page.

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submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 02.11.2012

Metropolitan Seraphim of Kythera and Antikythera,deep in discussion with Minas Raissis

Minas has been instrumental in ensuring that the visit of the Metropoliti, Father Petro, from Ayios Theothoros, and mayor, Theothori Koukoulis has been very successful. Minas' wife Helen is in the background.

Visit to Australia, October-November 2012

Download the Media Release here:

Media Release on the visit by Metropolitan Seraphim to Australia.pdf

A formal reception was held at Kythera House at Rockdale on 20 October 2012 to welcome Metropolitan Seraphim (Stergioulas) of Kythera and Antikythera on his first visit to Australia. His Eminence is accompanied by Father Petros Maniatis and the Mayor of Kythera, Theodore Koukoulis.

His Eminence was born on December 27, 1950 in Vragkiana, Karditsa in western Thessaly, Greece. He was made a deacon in 1971 and received the name Seraphim. He studied theology from 1972 to 1976 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and then continued with postgraduate studies from 1976 to 1978 at the University's Department of Systematic Theology.

Between 1971 and 1974 he also served as editor of the magazine Seraphim, the Hieromartyr of Phanarion, inspired by the Hieromonk Seraphim, Bishop of the Phanar, who bravely refused to accept Islam and was beaten and impaled by the Ottoman Turks in 1601.

His Eminence was ordained a priest in 1981 and then elevated to archimandrite. From 1979 to 2005, Father Seraphim served as a preacher with the Metropolis of Hydra, Spetses and Aegina.

In 1981, Father Seraphim spent three years on sabbatical leave at Mount Athos to undertake research on various issues, particularly the Neptic aspects of Orthodox monasticism which are characterised by sober-minded vigilance, watchfulness and purity of thought. His work was published in a three-volume Anthology of Philokalia.

On 2 July 2005 Seraphim was consecrated a bishop in a service conducted by then Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens. He was then enthroned as Metropoliti (a title equivalent to archbishop of an ecclesiastical province or metropolis) of Kythera and Antikythera on 30 July 2005.

On the occasion of His Eminence’s first visit to Australia, the President of the Kytherian Association, Victor Kepreotis, welcomed the Metropolitan as well as Father Petros and Mayor Koukoulis, to the Kytherian Association’s new “spiritual centre” in Sydney, a cultural resource facility and meeting place that now houses arguably one of Sydney’s finest community Hellenic libraries. With more than eighty members, friends and guests in attendance, including Mayor Nickolas Varvaris and Councillor Nicholas Aroney of Kogarah Council and ex-Wollahra Mayor John Comino, Dr Kepreotis praised the work of the Metropolitan and wished him an enjoyable time in Australia.

Metropolitan Seraphim expressed delight at the opportunity afforded to him to visit Australia and to meet the Kytherians of the diaspora. His Eminence also thanked the well-known benefactor, George Hatziplis, for arranging the visit and indicated that he plans to visit Brisbane, Canberra and Gosford as part of his reaching out to Kytherians downunder.

Mayor Koukoulis also thanked those who attended the reception and commented that it is a truism that the Kytherians in the diaspora love their island even more than the locals.

After the formal speeches, His Eminence and the other guests and members enjoyed the small delicacies and sweets that were laid out by the Association and were able to mingle amongst the crowd and even renew some old acquaintances.

The Kytherian Association welcomes the arrival of the island’s spiritual leader to Australia.

George Vardas
Cultural Officer, Kytherian Association of Australia

Photos > Diaspora Social Life

submitted by Kytherian Association Of Australia on 15.11.2012

After the formal speeches, His Eminence and the other guests and members were able to mingle amongst the crowd and even renew some old acquaintances

Visit to Australia, October-November 2012

Download the Media Release here:

Media Release on the visit by Metropolitan Seraphim to Australia.pdf

A formal reception was held at Kythera House at Rockdale on 20 October 2012 to welcome Metropolitan Seraphim (Stergioulas) of Kythera and Antikythera on his first visit to Australia. His Eminence is accompanied by Father Petros Maniatis and the Mayor of Kythera, Theodore Koukoulis.

His Eminence was born on December 27, 1950 in Vragkiana, Karditsa in western Thessaly, Greece. He was made a deacon in 1971 and received the name Seraphim. He studied theology from 1972 to 1976 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and then continued with postgraduate studies from 1976 to 1978 at the University's Department of Systematic Theology.

Between 1971 and 1974 he also served as editor of the magazine Seraphim, the Hieromartyr of Phanarion, inspired by the Hieromonk Seraphim, Bishop of the Phanar, who bravely refused to accept Islam and was beaten and impaled by the Ottoman Turks in 1601.

His Eminence was ordained a priest in 1981 and then elevated to archimandrite. From 1979 to 2005, Father Seraphim served as a preacher with the Metropolis of Hydra, Spetses and Aegina.

In 1981, Father Seraphim spent three years on sabbatical leave at Mount Athos to undertake research on various issues, particularly the Neptic aspects of Orthodox monasticism which are characterised by sober-minded vigilance, watchfulness and purity of thought. His work was published in a three-volume Anthology of Philokalia.

On 2 July 2005 Seraphim was consecrated a bishop in a service conducted by then Archbishop Christodoulos of Athens at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Athens. He was then enthroned as Metropoliti (a title equivalent to archbishop of an ecclesiastical province or metropolis) of Kythera and Antikythera on 30 July 2005.

On the occasion of His Eminence’s first visit to Australia, the President of the Kytherian Association, Victor Kepreotis, welcomed the Metropolitan as well as Father Petros and Mayor Koukoulis, to the Kytherian Association’s new “spiritual centre” in Sydney, a cultural resource facility and meeting place that now houses arguably one of Sydney’s finest community Hellenic libraries. With more than eighty members, friends and guests in attendance, including Mayor Nickolas Varvaris and Councillor Nicholas Aroney of Kogarah Council and ex-Wollahra Mayor John Comino, Dr Kepreotis praised the work of the Metropolitan and wished him an enjoyable time in Australia.

Metropolitan Seraphim expressed delight at the opportunity afforded to him to visit Australia and to meet the Kytherians of the diaspora. His Eminence also thanked the well-known benefactor, George Hatziplis, for arranging the visit and indicated that he plans to visit Brisbane, Canberra and Gosford as part of his reaching out to Kytherians downunder.

Mayor Koukoulis also thanked those who attended the reception and commented that it is a truism that the Kytherians in the diaspora love their island even more than the locals.

After the formal speeches, His Eminence and the other guests and members enjoyed the small delicacies and sweets that were laid out by the Association and were able to mingle amongst the crowd and even renew some old acquaintances.

The Kytherian Association welcomes the arrival of the island’s spiritual leader to Australia.

George Vardas
Cultural Officer, Kytherian Association of Australia