Archdiocesan District of Perth

Overview

The Archdiocesan District of Perth operates under the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.

The Holy Monastery of Saint John (which is in the Archdiocesan District of Perth) is under the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, which as an eparchy of the Ecumenical Throne, has the great honour and privilege in being under its canonical jurisdiction and protection.

His Eminence Archbishop Makarios, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia

His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia

Since 2003 he has been teaching at the Patriarchal Academy of Crete. In tandem, he has served as a visiting Professor to various Universities, amongst which are the Theological College of Holy Cross in Boston, the University of Tartu and the Medical Schools of the Universities of Crete, Thessaly and Athens. In May 2015, he was elected the first Dean of the Department of Orthodox Studies of the Autonomous Church of Estonia.

He became a monk and Deacon in 1993, a Presbyter in 1997 and an Archimandrite in 1998 at the Holy Monastery of Saint George Epanosifi, whilst on Easter Sunday of 2008, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew bestowed upon him the office of Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne. He served at the historic community of Saint George in Southbridge of the USA. At the Holy Archdiocese of Crete, he served as Director of the Radio Station, as President of the Administrative Committee of the School for Byzantine Music, as Director of the Estia for Ecclesiastical Education at the Patriarchal Academy, as a Member of the Synodal Committee for “Bioethics and Contemporary Concerns”, Director of the Press Office and Preacher of the Archdiocese from 2002 up till his election as bishop. He founded and runs the Publishing Series “All About Bioethics”, which operates under the auspices of the Mother Church of Constantinople.

On April 27, 2015, he was unanimously elected Bishop of Christopoulis by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. In 2008, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate appointed him representative on the Panorthodox Committee for Bioethics, whilst in 2018 he was appointed President of the Synodal Committee for Bioethics of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

He has represented the Mother Church of Constantinople in various assignments. He has been invited to speak at many Metropolises in Greece and Abroad, He has given lectures at international scientific, medical and theological seminars. He is a member of many scientific and ecclesiastical organizations and has published articles, studies and books.

On 27th April 2015 he was elected unanimously by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Bishop of Christoupolis, as Assistant to the Ecumenical Patriarch. He was ordained by His Eminence Archbishop Irenaeus of Crete, on the 16th May of the same year, assuming the high responsibilities assigned to him by Patriarch Bartholomew and the Mother Church at the Autonomous Church of Esthonia, in order to organize its theological and catechetical work.

He attended the Holy and Great Synod of the Orthodox Church of Crete in 2016 as counsellor to the Delegation of the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

On 9th May 2019, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, following the favourable commendation of His All Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, having appreciated his theological and secular education, his literary contribution, his administrative charisma and his ecclesiastical ethos as the hitherto Bishop Makarios of Christoupolis, elected him unanimously Archbishop of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia.

(Excerpt from Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia)

His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea, Archiepiscopal Vicar of the Archdiocesan District of Perth

His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea

The Archiepiscopal Vicar of the Archdiocesan District of Perth is His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea. His Grace Bishop Elpidios was born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1971 where he attended Saint Marks Catholic College.

He attained a Bachelor of Business Degree from Edith Cowan University in Perth and then went on to study at Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College in Sydney, where he obtained a Bachelor of Theology Degree followed by a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry. Following his Theological Studies he pursued a Diploma in Secondary Education from the Australian Catholic University (ASU) in Sydney. Following his studies, His Grace went on to teach Orthodox Studies at Saint Andrew’s Grammar in Perth from 2006 until 2019.

His Grace was ordained to the Diaconate in January of 2007 by Archbishop Stylianos of Australia of blessed memory, and in November of the same year he was ordained to the priesthood by His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaiou (now Metropolitan of Eirinoupolis). Both ordinations took place at the Holy Monastery of Saint John in Perth. In 2011, His Grace was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite.

In 2008, Bishop Elpidios was assigned as parish priest to the Parish/Community of Saints Constantine and Helene, Perth, which he served up until the end of 2019. In July of the same year, he was appointed Archiepiscopal Vicar of Perth by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia, and on the 28th of November 2019 was elected Bishop by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the honorary title of Kyanea.

On the 18th of January 2020, His Grace was ordained into the Episcopacy by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Redfern, Sydney.

Father Prodromos, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint John

Father Prodromos, Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint John

Contact Details for the Archdiocesan District of Perth

The offices of the Archdiocesan District of Perth

The offices of the Archdiocesan District of Perth are located at 22 Dianella Drive, Dianella, Western Australia.

Postal Address:  P.O. Box 208
Mirrabooka, WA 6941
Office Phone: +61 (08) 6146 2584
Mobile: 0407 260 071
Email: bishop.elpidios@greekorthodox.org.au

His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea