The Greek Orthodox church of St Stephanos in Hurlstone Park, Sydney, celebrated its 40th anniversary on Sunday, November 5.
The historic event was presided over by Archbishop Makarios of Australia and had many special guests in attendance including the Consul General of Greece in Sydney, Yannis Mallikourtis, and the NSW Minister for Industrial Relations and Work, Health and Safety, Sophie Cotsis MP.
On the day, Archbishop Makarios gave a speech thanking parish priest, Father Nektarios Joannou, his immediate predecessor, Father Stavros Ivanos, as well as the senior clergyman, Father Nikolaos Bozikis, for their service to the St Stephanos parish.
Archbishop Makarios also praised the long-term contribution of Kallinikos Charalambous as outgoing President of the Parish, while expressing his confidence in the new President, Konstantinos Katsoulas.
“Let this 40th anniversary be an important reminder of the importance of continuing to move forward together to progress and to bear witness to the richness of the Greek heritage and the Orthodox faith throughout the world,” Archbishop Makarios said.