Greek Orthodox Church in Australia is over 170 years old, the first
service was conducted at Kirribilli Point in 1820 by the Priest-monk
Dioysii, one year before the Greek revolution of independence. The
Australian Greek Orthodox Church was established nearly 96 years
ago when the Church of the Holy Trinity was consecrated in Bourke
Street, Surry Hills in May 1898. The Church of the Holy Trinity
provided religious nourishment for a small Greek community which
made up an even smaller proportion of Australian society. During
the 1950s, postwar immigration programs saw the Greek Orthodox population
of Sydney, and in Australia, increase rapidly, and churches were
established in Sydney, Melbourne, Darwin, Perth and other cities.
By the 1950s the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Church had moved
to a small house in Randwick. That small house was soon inadequate.
Thousands came from Greece, 98 per cent of whom were of the Greek
Orthodox religion. Today the scale of the church reflects that wave
of postwar migration which saw the Orthodox community in New South
Wales alone expand to 37 parishes containing 200,000 people. Today,
the headquarters of the Australian Greek Orthodox Church can be
found in Redfern and has over 100 priests, 105 churches and 120
community organizations. The Australian Greek Orthodox Church is
headed by His Eminence The Archbishop Stylianos (Harkianakis) who
arrived in Australia on the 15th April 1975 and was officially enthroned
on Lazarus Saturday on the 26th April 1975.
The Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Stylianos, Saints Peter and
Paul and Saint Gregory of Palamas Parish of Sutherland is yet another
cornerstone in the development of the Orthodox Church. The Church
was constructed to the glory of God through the generosity of devout
christians and officially opened on the 16th of December 2001 by
his Eminence Archbishop Stylianos Primate of the Greek Orthodox
Church in Australia, in the distinguished presence of the Honourable
Bob Carr MP Premier of New South Wales.
The Church is constantly moving forward in the community and stands
as a testament to Gods loving grace, and a beacon of light for those
who seek to be with God.
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