The Holy Archdiocese of Australia and particularly the Clergy and Laity of the Archdiocesan District of Melbourne rejoice and celebrate today, since His Grace Bishop Kyriakos of Sozopolis celebrates his Patronal Feast Day, on the occasion of the feast day of Saint Kyriakos the Anchorite.
His Grace Bishop Kyriakos, who is distinguished by his humility, modesty, ecclesiastical ethos and spirituality, graduated from Saint Andrew’s Theological College in Sydney and, for almost 23 years, after his return to Australia, from the Monastery of Stavronikita of Mount Athos where he became a Monk, served as Abbot of the Holy Monastery of Saint George in Yellow Rock, New South Wales.
For around a year, 2020-21, he served as Proistamenos of the dynamic Parish of the Resurrection of Our Lord, in Kogarah, Sydney. Following his election, by the Sacred and Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, as an assistant Bishop of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia, he was appointed Archiepiscopal Vicar in the city where he grew up, the “Greek-city” of Melbourne, by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia. His ordination as a Bishop was performed in November 2021, also by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia.
Exercising with devotion the responsible duties of the Archiepiscopal Vicar, His Grace Bishop Kyriakos of Sozopolis has won the love, respect and trust of the clergy and the Greek Orthodox flock of the Melbourne District. In Interpreting everyone’s feelings, we wish His Grace, on the occasion of today’s name day celebration, to have many healthy and blessed years, so that he may continue his blessed ministry in the Church and see its fruits increase and multiply!
From the ‘Vema’ editorial team.