The Monastery of St John of the Mountain in Perth has been active since the year 2005, since the ordination of Fr Evagrios, a monk Priest, on Friday of January 7, 2005, and the ordination of Deacon Fr Thalassios on Saturday 21 January, 2006.
His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, ordained Deacon Thalassios, who is a monk at the monastery and who came to Australia from Holy Simonopetra Monastery on Agion Oros (Mount Athos). His Eminence also blessed Fr Emmanuel to Confessor at the end of the Divine Liturgy, and then laid the foundation stone for a new building at the monastery; the day was truly special.
The clergy and parishioners filled the Church at the Monastery as both His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos and His Grace Bishop Nikandros officiated at the Divine Liturgy, concelebrating with Fr George, Fr Theoklitos, and Fr Emmanuel.
His Eminence ordained Fr Thalassios Deacon with the proclamation! "Axios" (He is worthy), and everyone in the Church responded enthusiastically "Axios!"
At the end of the Liturgy, Fr Thalassios assisted Archbishop Stylianos in distributing Holy Communion, while Fr Emmanual assisted Bishop Nikandros. We all pray that Frs Evagrios and Thalassios receive God's blessing in their service for Christ in their work at the Monastery of St John in Perth.
Ordination as Priest
The spiritual life of Perth, Western Australia is being enriched by the growth of the Monastery of St John of the Mountain.
On Saturday 17 March 2007, His Grace Bishop Nikandros, ordained Deacon Fr Thalassios, a monk at the monastry, a Priest for the services of the Church in Australia.
The Church at the Monastery was filled with clergy and parishioners as His Grace Bishop Nikandros officiated at the Divine Liturgy and was joyfully concelebrated with Fr George, Theoklito, Fr Sotirio, Fr Emmanuel, Fr Evagrios, and Deacon Fr Elpidios. The ordination was by Bishop Nikandros with "Axios!" (He is worthy), and everyone enthusiastically and justly responded "Axios!"
Following the ordination, Fr Thalassios administered the Eucharist with the assistance of Abbot Fr Evagrios.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, the gathering approached Fr Thalassios to receive the Antidoron and his blessing.
All the faithful in Perth pray that Fr Thalassios receive God's blessing that he may serve Christ for many years and that his service be fruitful and full of hope for the growing Church in Australia. Soon afterwards, he travelled to Cooper Pede in South Australia to serve during the Paschal period.