Dear readers,

Ordination of Fr Nicholas Despinoudis by His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Doryleon

Ordination of Fr Nicholas Despinoudis by His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Doryleon

This week is a great week, and one that will be well remembered in the history of the struggle against the local schism and our fight for unity for all Orthodox of Greek descent in this great and blessed city of ours.

Wednesday morning (24th of October 2013), at a Divine Liturgy commemorating the Brother of our Lord, the Holy Apostle James, with the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia and by the grace of God, Mr (now Fr) Nicholas Despinoudis was formally received into the ranks of the clergy of the Orthodox Church and of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, when he was ordained a deacon by His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Doryleon at the parish of St Panteleimon (the headquarters of the Archdiocese). The next day he was ordained an Orthodox Priest at the same place. This was announced in an encyclical that was read in all parishes of the Archdiocese this weekend. May he be worthy (axios)!

Vesting of Fr Nicholas Despinoudis at his ordination to the priesthood. Axios!

Vesting of Fr Nicholas Despinoudis at his ordination to the priesthood. Axios!

It is possible that our readers may not have known who Fr Nicholas is, as we have not had cause to mention him much on this blog. In brief: until very recently, Fr Nicholas was the long-serving parish “priest” at GOCSA’s central parish – the Cathedral of the Archangels. According to our information he is quite well respected in the community (and the fact that we haven’t had cause to mention him on this blog is probably a reflection of his good standing!) As of Thursday, he finally received the legitimate Orthodox priesthood that he has longed for all these years. Sadly for him, GOCSA – the organisation that he loved & served – has not (as yet) come with him (though of course many of his faithful followers from the community are likely to do so). We pray that this day will come soon.

This unexpected move is obviously further evidence (as we have said) that all is not well within GOCSA. However, rather than turning this into a post of criticism, for now we’d rather focus on the positive, joyous occasion that this is. To Fr Nicholas: we gladly & wholeheartedly welcome him into the bosom of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church. May God bless you in your new calling.

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