His Grace Bishop Emilianos of Meloa
His Grace Bishop Emilianos of Meloa was born on the island of Kalymnos in 1971. He studied at the “First” Primary School and at the “First Nikephorian” High School in Kalymnos, before studing at the School of Physiotherapy in Thessaloniki. In 1989, after only two months in the city, he visited Mount Athos where he met Saint Paisios and also became acquainted and connected with the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petra and its Abbot, Elder Aimilianos of blessed memory. At the end of 1990, he received a blessing from Elder Aimilianos to become a novice monk at the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petra and on the 14th November 1993, he was tonsured a Great Schema Monk by Elder Aimilianos.
In 1999 he was admitted to the School of Pastoral and Social Theology in Thessaloniki from which he graduated four years later with an “A” grade degree.
Following the wish of his Elder, to establish a new monastery, and with the blessing of the successor, Elder Elisaios, after 14 continuous years at the Holy Monastery of Simonos Petra, he turned to Archbishop Stylianos of Australia for direction because, on the one hand, he knew the Archbishop from his visits to Mount Athos and, on the other hand, because all of his mother’s relatives were in Australia. He visited Australia at the end of 2003 at 33 years of age.
He was ordained a deacon by Archbishop Stylianos on 26th October 2004 at the Parish of St Demetrios, Salisbury, in Adelaide. In December of the same year, he was transferred to Perth to establish the Holy Monastery of Saint John of the Mountain, where he was ordained to the priesthood and consecrated as Abbot of the Holy Monastery, on 7th January 2005 by His Grace Bishop Nikandros, then Bishop of Dorylaion and currently Metropolitan of Irinoupolis. He was made a Spiritual Father by Bishop Nikandros on 23rd March 2008 and, since then, with the blessing of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia, he has travelled to Brisbane and Darwin for the Holy Sacrament of Confession.
He was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite by the late Archbishop Stylianos at the Holy Monastery of St John of the Mountain on 6th September 2009.
On 28th October 2019, His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia invited him to Sydney and elevated him to the position of the Chancellor of the Holy Archdiocese of Australia at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of our Lady. Since then, he has been carrying out his duties as Chancellor at the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, also being the Chairman of the GO Youth, GO Family and Friends and GO Teens initiatives of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia in NSW.
On 28th November 2019, he was unanimously elected by the Holy and Sacred Synod of our Ecumenical Patriarchate as Bishop of Meloa and was ordained a Bishop on Christmas Day of the same year at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of our Lady, in Sydney, by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia.
Bishop Silouan of Sinope
His Grace Bishop Silouan of Sinope was born in 1978 in Brisbane, Australia.
He holds a degree in Theology from the St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College in Sydney and a degree in Social Work from the University of Queensland. He holds a postgraduate diploma in languages from the Flinders University and an Honours degree in Theology from the same university. He was awarded a PhD from the Australian Catholic University with the thesis “The Letters of Bishop Basil of Caesarea: Instruments of Communion.”
On 23 November 2002 he was tonsured as a monk from his Spiritual Father since his student years, Elder Stephanos, who was the then Abbott of the Holy Monastery of Pantanassa. He was ordained deacon on 1 December of the same year and was ordained presbyter 25 October 2003, by Archbishop Stylianos of Australia. On 4 June 2006 he was elevated to Archimandrite by Archbishop Stylianos, and on the 22 February 2012, he was consecrated as a Confessor by Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaeon, now Metropolitan of Irinoupolis.
From 2002 to 2006 he served in the Holy Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Brisbane, Queensland, and since then, and up until 2019 served in the Holy Monastery of St. Nectarios in Croydon Park, South Australia.
Since 2017 he is a Lecturer of Patristics Theology at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College in Sydney.
In 2019 he was appointed Archiepiscopal Vicar of Adelaide by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia and on November 28 of the same year, following the proposal by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios, was elected unanimously by the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate as Bishop of Sinope. On January 19, 2020, he was ordained to the Episcopacy by the hands of Archbishop Makarios of Australia at the Cathedral of the Annunciation in Sydney.
His Grace Bishop Elpidios of Kyaneon
His Grace Bishop Elpidios (Karalis) of Kyaneon was born in Perth, Western Australia, in 1971 where he attended St. Marks Catholic College.
He attained a Bachelor of Business Degree from Edith Cowan University in Perth and then went on to study at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College in Sydney where he obtained a Bachelor of Theology Degree followed by a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry. Following his Theological Studies he pursued a Diploma in Secondary Education from the Australian Catholic University (ASU) in Sydney. Following his studies, Bishop Elpidios then taught Orthodox Studies at St Andrew’s Grammar in Perth from 2006 until 2019
Bishop Elpidios was ordained to the Diaconate in January of 2007 by Archbishop Stylianos of Australia and in November of the same year he was ordained to the priesthood by His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaiou (now Metropolitan of Eirinoupolis). Both ordinations took place at the Holy Monastery of St John of the Mountain in Perth. In 2011 he was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite.
In 2008 Bishop Elpidios was assigned as parish priest to the Parish/Community of Sts Constantine and Helene, Perth, which he served up until the end of 2019. In July of the same year he was appointed Archiepiscopal Vicar of Perth by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia and on the 28th of November 2019 was elected Bishop by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate with the honorary title of Kyaneon.
On the 18th of January 2020 he was ordained to the Holy Episcopacy by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia at the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos in Redfern, Sydney.
Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis
His Grace Bishop Iakovos (in the world John Tsigounis) was born in Kogarah, Sydney. He completed his secondary studies at Model Farms High School, Baulkham Hills, in 1983.
He then studied at St Andrew’s Theological College of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia between 1992-1995, before completing three years of postgraduate studies at the Sydney College of Divinity.
Having been ordained Deacon by His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos in 1993, he served as his Protodeacon for the following seven years, while also working as the on-campus Tutor of the Theological College until 2001.
In 1999 he was ordained Presbyter by His Eminence, receiving the name Iakovos, in honour of the Dean of the Theological School of Halki and spiritual father of His Eminence, the late
Metropolitan Iakovos of Ikonium. In 2000 he was bestowed the title of Archimandrite.
Following his ordination to the Priesthood, he served the Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos, Redfern, and then the Parish-Community of the Resurrection of Christ, Kogarah.
In 2002 His Eminence appointed him to the large Parish-Community of Sts Anargyri, in Oakleigh, Melbourne, as well as to the administration offices of our Archdiocese in Melbourne, with His Grace Bishop Ezekiel of Dervis, where he served until his election to the Episcopate.
On 11th January 2011, he was unanimously elected Bishop with the esteemed title of Miletoupolis, and served in the Second District of Melbourne till end of October 2019. From 1st of November 2019 he serves the Archdiocesan District of Queensland.