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Papa Lefteris to join ranks of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia and NZ

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Father Eleftherios Tatsis (Papa Lefteris) will serve as a priest under the Holy Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand, according to a press release by the independent Orthodox group.

The Holy Archdiocese of Australia and NZ is not under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia (GOAA).

Papa Lefteris will remain in Dromana performing his liturgies as the ‘Hellenic Orthodox Brotherhood of Saint Paisios of Australia.’

Papa Lefteris will join ranks at the Holy Archdiocese of Australia and New Zealand. Photo: Andrew Batsch.

This news comes after the priest resigned from the GOAA on 2 October 2022. He was then suspended by the GOAA and defrocked by the Ecumenical Patriarchate due to “a series of ecclesiastical and canonical offenses he committed.”

Despite this, Papa Lefteris has continued to perform sacraments, including traditional Blessing of the Waters ceremonies, which see thousands of local Greeks turn up to show their support.

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