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His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia (Griniezakis), was born in Haraklion of Crete in 1973. He completed his elementary studies in his birthplace and at the Rizarelos Ecclesiastical School of Athens. He is a graduate of Higher Ecclesiastical School of Athens and of the Theological School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He completed post-graduate studies at the Universities of Boston, (Master of Sacred Theology), Harvard (Master of Arts), and Monash, (Master of Bioethics), whilst his doctoral dissertation was received and passed as "Excellent" by the Medical...

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The History of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia

Immigration by Greeks to Australia began in the middle of the nineteenth century. On the 29th May 1898, the foundations of the first Greek Orthodox Church, the Holy Trinity, were laid. The first priest to serve the religious needs of the Greek Orthodox in Sydney and Melbourne was Archimandrite Dorotheos Bakaliaros (c. 1896). In March 1924, the Metropolis of Australia and New Zealand was established under the Ecumenical Patriarchate.

Major events in the history of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia

As early as 1820, a Russian Antarctic expedition pulled into the port of Sydney, where it remained for several months. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated in all its glory by the priest-monk Dioysii at Kirribilli Point in Sydney.

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