With the grace of God this site is dedicated to witnessing to the truth about the Greek Orthodox Church in Adelaide, South Australia.

Our Lord Jesus Christ, before his crucifixion, prayed to His heavenly Father asking that His disciples be one, just as He and His Father are one (John 17:20-23). This is the prayer of all true Christians. It is for this reason that we confess in our Creed that we believe “in One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church” in which we are saved.

Icon of the Church

The Church as the body of Christ

All faithful Orthodox Christians blessed to be living in the “City of Churches”, Adelaide, are a continuation of the Church established by Christ and kept alive by the presence of the Holy Spirit. In Adelaide this Church is manifested in a communion of local Churches that are headed by a bishop that is in communion with all other Orthodox bishops across the world. In Adelaide the only current canonical Greek Orthodox bishop is His Grace Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaeon, who is an assistant bishop to His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. Archbishop Stylianos is in turn under the spiritual jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople whose Primate is His All-Holiness the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. Through His All-Holiness they and the Churches they represent are also in communion with other canonical Churches in Adelaide, the rest of Australia and throughout the world – such as the Antiochian Orthodox Church, Russian Orthodox Church, Serbian Orthodox Church, Romanian Orthodox Church, etc.

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia

His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia

His Grace Assistant Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaeon

His Grace Assistant Bishop Nikandros of Dorylaeon


In Adelaide all the canonical Greek Orthodox Churches are under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia. These parishes as listed in the directory of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia are:

  • The Holy Monastery of St Nectarios – Croydon Park
  • The Greek Orthodox Parish of St Panteleimon – Glenelg
  • The Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of Prophet Elias – Norwood
  • The Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of St Spyridon – Unley
  • The Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of St George – Thebarton
  • The Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of the Nativity of Christ- Port Adelaide
  • The Greek Orthodox Parish and Community of St Anthony – Prospect
  • The Greek Orthodox Parish of St Demetrios – Salisbury
  • The Greek Orthodox Parish of St Andrew – Noarlunga
  • The Greek Orthodox Parish of Sts Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene – Athelstone

Unfortunately, within Adelaide there are also some Greek churches that claim to be Orthodox but in fact are not in communion with any of the canonical Orthodox churches in Adelaide and hence anywhere else in the world. On Sunday the 18th of October 2010 a resolution was reached by an assembly of all canonical Orthodox Bishops of Australia and Oceania under the chairmanship (ex officio) of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia in which the following was unanimously proclaimed: “…we strongly condemn all of those who attempt to destroy the precious unity of our Church through adherence to new or existing schismatic groups and sects in our region.” 

Quite often we are confronted by many people wishing to find the truth about the fifty-year-old schism plaguing the Greek Orthodox Church in Adelaide.  This current blog will seek to answer questions and to make the local Greek community of Adelaide aware of the canons, traditions and teachings of the Orthodox Church.  Furthermore, it will endeavor to clarify the differences between the Greek Orthodox Church and the schismatic “Greek orthodox churches” that profess to be Orthodox but remain outside the communion of the worldwide Orthodox Church.

One of the main issues of contention is the ecclesiastical validity of the so-called clergy who serve in those “churches” that are not part of the body of the canonical Church.  Such so called “clergy” have either not been canonically ordained or have been defrocked by the canonical Church.  These include:

  • Mr Nikolaos Despinoudis
  • Mr John Pokias
  • Mr Petros Tsekas
  • Mr Andreas Kollas
  • Mr Panagiotis (Prokopios) Kanavas
  • Mr Efstratios Vasilaris

In order to provide better understanding further information will be presented in due course comprising copies of  documents that reveal canonical anomalies pertaining to some of these individuals. In addition, the names of the “churches” that they are serving are:"Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (Inc.)"

  • Church of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel – Adelaide
  • The Dormition of Theotokos Church – Croydon
  • Saints Constantine and Helen Church – Goodwood
  • Saint Nicholas Church – Thebarton

By way of interest the Greek Government recognises  only the Church of Greece and those Orthodox Churches in communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate as being canonical. Consequently this is not the case with that community in Adelaide titled “Greek Orthodox Community of South Australia (Inc.)” which remains outside of the Greek Orthodox Archidocese of Australia and whose  rites are not recognised by the Greek Government as religious sacraments but at best only as civil ceremonies.

All Orthodox faithful will appreciate the necessity of this site in informing them of the issues and values of their Church.  Its purpose is to avoid any misunderstanding and confusion amongst the Orthodox faithful and to enlighten them with the true Orthodox doctrine on which the Greek Orthodox Church is founded.