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Perth: Official Opening of the Kastellorizian Council of Australia Conference

The official opening of the 2023 Kastellorizian Council of Australia (KCA) Conference took place at the Castellorizian House in Mount Hawthorn, Perth, on Friday evening the 20th of October. The opening and blessing were conducted by His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea who was representing His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia.

On behalf of His Eminence, His Grace welcomed all the local and interstate delegates to the KCA Conference that is taking place this year in Perth from the 20th to the 23rd of October.

 His Grace Bishop Elpidios in his brief opening reminded the delegates of the important role of women in the life of the Church and emphasised how many saintly mothers have played a crucial part in nurturing their children into becoming saints. His Grace specifically referred to the saintly mothers of Saint Augustine, the Three Hierarchs and Saint Constatine. This tied in with the theme of the Conference that will be looking at the important contribution made by Kastellorizian women in shaping the lives and destiny of Kastellorizians both while living on the island of Kastellorizo and around the world.

 Speakers at the 2023 KCA Conference include:

  • Fr Terry Gerovasilis, Parish Priest of Sts Constantine and Helene  
  • The Consul of Greece in Perth, Mrs Georgia Karasiotou
  • Dr John Yiannakis OAM, Historian Educator
  • Mr Nicholas Bogiatzis – Social historian
  • Mrs Helen Anastasas – Educator
  • Panels of high achieving young Kastellorizian women who will discuss how their heritage influenced their careers and choices.

The delegates of the KCA Conference also attended the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Church of Saints Constantine and Helene on Sunday the 22nd of October followed by a Gala Dinner in the evening of the same day at Frasers Restaurant which is located at the top of Kings Park overlooking Perth’s city skyline and the sparkling Swan River.

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