Programme for September and October 2014

Upcoming Events

BBQ for Central Africa and Kenya feeding program
Sunday 12th October 12.00pm
at the Church Hall, 808 Kingsway, Gymea.








Includes souvlaki, drink, sweets & coffee: Tickets $40/$20

All proceeds go to St Clements Orthodox School Feeding Programe and supporting missions in Cameroon and Central Africa. MAKE children in urban poverty HISTORY.

For tickets and information contact:
Fr Constantine 0418 511212 or Eleni Vlahos 0438 618204
Everyone is welcome to attend - HAKUNA MATATA

7:00pm – 8:15pm
Public Lecture, Main Hall, Theological College
Dr Dimitri Koubaroulis, ‘The Ecclesiastical Music Reform of 1814: A 200-Year Anniversary Tribute’
A visual presentation of the historical context, the inventors and the effects of the new method of ecclesiastical music.
10:30am – 12:30pm
Seminars, Main Hall, Theological College
Dr Anna Silvas, (Presentation 1) ‘Nexus of Greek, Syriac and Latin Christianity: St Basil the Great’s Small Asketikon’ and (Presentation 2) ‘Comparing Basil’s and Gregory of Nyssa’s Ascetical and Mystical Theology’.
Organised by Very Rev. Dr Doru Costache.
Dr Silvas is Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, School of Humanities, University of New England.
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Concert: Byzantine chant compositions of the ‘Three Teachers’ (Archimandrite Chrysanthos of Madytos, Gregory the Protopsaltes and Chourmouzios the Archivist) and traditional songs by Melisma Ensemble (director, D. Koubaroulis) and Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese Choir (director, Fr Romanos AI Baba)
Venue: The Sports and Performing Arts Centre
St Spyridon College (Senior School)
11:30 Anzac Parade, Maroubra
Free entry

Fellowship Programme
  • 30 September Fr. Constantine Varipatis - Bible Study: the book of Romans
  • 07 October Mr. Michael Coursaris - Book Review: Vladimir Lossky, The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church
  • 14 October Mrs. Eleni Lakatos - Spiritual Insights: The Holy Land
  • 21 October Mr. Harry Papas - Spiritual Insights: Mt. Athos
  • 28 October DVD

Saint Stylianos Website

Activities of the Parish

  • Sunday School
  • Greek School
  • Teenage Fellowship
  • Adult Fellowship
  • Scouts and Cubs
  • Byzantine Music Lessons
  • Play Group

Missionary Work

St Stylianos Parish Supports the Feeding Program of 300 children in Kenya as well as the Orthodox Theological College and University in the Congo, Africa.

An article on Missionary Work supported by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia by Father Constantine.



Scripture Teachers
Teaching the word of God is a great blessing for us all. We need parents who are prepared to dedicate an hour a week to teaching our children.

Car Parking
Parishioners are requested to be mindful of neighbours, and respectful of nature strips when parking in and around the church grounds. Those vehicles that are illegally parked will be fined by the local council.



Things to remember for 2014 ...

  1. English Liturgy every 1st Saturday of the Month starting 1st of Feb at 6.30 pm.
  2. Youth Group for teenages in our Hall every SATURDAY at 4.00 pm starting 8th of February.
  3. Adult Fellowship begins 11th Feb 7.30 pm at Hall. It will be held on TUESDAYS.
  4. Sunday School Please gather in the Church and then go to the Hall. First lesson is 9th of March.
  5. Our Parishes Scouts and Cubs start back on Friday 31st of January in the Hall at 6.30 pm
  6. Greek School enrolments are 1st week of February and start week after: At Tharawall (Mon 3rd Feb) & at Gymea (Tues 4th Feb). Classes start 10th Feb at Tharawall and 11th and 12th Feb at Gymea. NB FOR GYMEA: CLASSES FOR KINDY 1 & 2 ON TUESDAYS AND 3,4,5 & 6 ON WEDNESDAYS 4.00 - 6.30pm
  7. Greek Dancing Registration will be Wed 28th Jan at Sylvania Hts Primary for all ages and Tuesday 4th Feb at Gymea Church Hall for beginners only. Enquiries:0431152159 (Maria)
  8. Seniors Group (Tuesdays 9.30am) starts 18th February in Hall.
  9. Play Group (Thursdays 10am) starts 20th February in Hall Further Information
  10. Byzantine Music Lessons ( Friday 5.30pm) starts 31st January.

News and Events from St Andrews Theological College

Academic Journal, Phronema
As you know, Phronema is one of the primary means of publishing the scholarly output of the Faculty and alumni of the College, as well as persons engaged in academia throughout Australia and overseas. Your own contributions, whether by article or book review, are always welcome. Volume 29:1 (2014), edited by our fellow graduate, Prof. Angelo Karantonis, was released in July and Volume 29:2 (2014) is due for release in September. In spite of the many demands and challenges faced by any academic journal, Phronema is approaching its thirtieth volume: a milestone of which the College is duly proud.
Your support of Phronema would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to commence or renew your subscription, please return the attached subscription form or purchase a subscription online at If you would like back issues of the journal at the discounted price, please note this on the subscription form or browse for the relevant issue online.
The College has recently published two titles, Cappadocian Legacy: A Critical Appraisal (edited by the Very Rev. Dr Doru Costache and Dr Philip Kariatlis) and Windows to Orthodoxy (by Dr Guy Freeland). I attach flyers for both of these items which are available for purchase online at or by contacting Dimitri Kepreotes on (02) 9690 6100 or via email also available as an e-book for tablet devices.
Intensive Course by Visiting Scholar
Our College will once again welcome the distinguished professor of patristics and church history, Paul M. Blowers, in the second half of September. He will be delivering the intensive lectures for an online unit in theology, Patristic Profile: St Gregory of Nyssa, on 24 & 25 September 2014. The lectures will be primarily for current students enrolled in a course of study, although any interested person would be most welcome to enroll and attend as an audit student (
A discount on the normal $450 tuition fee for audit students is available for clergymen and College graduates, bringing the fee to only $300 (for those residing within the Sydney metro area) or $150 (for those outside the Sydney metro area). The fee includes lunch and refreshments for both days as well as all course unit materials. Details are attached. This event requires prior registration by 12 September 2014 to assist us with general planning and catering, and to provide you with access to online material.
Annual Patristic Symposium
Each year since 2009 St Andrew’s has organised its Patristic Symposia which have all been well-received and enthusiastically attended by local and overseas delegates.
The sixth Patristic Symposium, ‘From Alexandria to Cappadocia and Back Again’, will be held Friday and Saturday, 26 and 27 September 2014 in the Main Hall of the College. The presentations will explore the connections between the Alexandrian and the Cappadocian traditions in Late Antiquity. The Symposium is convened by the Very Rev. Dr Doru Costache (Senior Lecturer in Patristics) and Dr Adam G. Cooper (John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, VIC). The two keynote papers will be delivered by distinguished patristic scholars Prof. Paul M. Blowers (Emmanuel Christian Seminar, Tennessee USA) and Dr Bronwen Neil (ACU National, QLD).
As a gesture of assistance and encouragement, graduates residing in the Sydney metro area are invited to register at the special rate of $50 per day. Graduates residing outside the Sydney metro area are invited to register for $25 per day. In either case, the registration form needs to be completed and returned before Friday 12 September 2014.
More details regarding this year’s symposium can be found at