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Pleasant News: Our new Archbishop of Australia

Bishop Makarios of Christoupolis

Bishop Makarios of Christoupolis was unanimously voted the new Archbishop of Australia, ending more than a month of speculation since the death of Archbishop Stylianos on 25 March.


The Holy Synod unanimously voted for Bishop Makarios among a number of other candidates, viewing him as the most suitable for the role.


Watch Video of the Holy Synod Election here

Watch Video of Archbishop Makarios' Great Proclamation at the Ecumenical Patriarchate here



Born in Heraklion, Crete, in 1973, he studied at the Higher Ecclesiastical School of Athens and the Theological School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Highly educated in ecclesiastical matters, he has a Master of Sacred Theology at the University of Boston, a Master of Arts in History of Science at Harvard and a Master of Bioethics at Monash University.


His doctoral dissertation was received and passed with an “Excellent” score from the Medical School of the University of Crete. The work was published under the title, Cloning: Social, Ethical and Theological Components.


He has an interest in science and theology, and founded and currently runs the publishing series, “All About Bioethics”, under the auspices of the Church of Constantinople.

Since 2003 he has been teaching at the Higher Ecclesiastical Academy of Heraklion. He has occasionally taught courses at various universities, including Hellenic College, the Medical Schools of the Universities of Crete, Thessaly and Athens.


In May 2015 he was elected First Dean of the Theological Seminar of the Autonomous Church of Estonia.


He held numerous positions as a cleric, before the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew appointed him Archimandrite of the Ecumenical Throne of the Phanar. He served many senior positions in the Holy Archdiocese of Crete before being elected bishop.


Source: Neos Kosmos

Welcome to the Pantanassa Monastery web-site 

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The Holy Monastery of the Mother of God ‘PANTANASSA’ is a coenobitic monastery for men located on the Central Coast of N.S.W. Australia. The monastery was established in 1976 with the blessing of the late Archbishop Stylianos, Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church (1975-2019).  It may come as a surprise to many that a monastic community founded on traditional Athonite monasticism exists in Australia. This is why, after many years of hesitation, prayer and humble reasoning, Pantanassa Monastery decided to create its own web-site. We pray that we will be able to respond to the magnitude of this task, and ask you to keep us in your prayers.

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With the blessing of the late Archbishop Stylianos, Pantanassa Monastery was founded in 1976 by the former abbot, Archimandrite Stephanos in Sydney, under its previous name, Holy Monastery of the Transfiguration of our Lord. The monastery remained in Earlwood, Sydney, until 1995, even though suitable land for the monastery was purchased at Mangrove Mountain on the central coast of NSW, in 1980. By 1995, a small dwelling had been constructed at Mangrove Mountain. With the blessing of His of Eminence the brotherhood later moved to this new site in the same year. Simultaneously, His Eminence renamed the monastery Pantanassa Monastery. The word, Pantanassa is from the Greek panta ‘all’ and anassa ‘queen’, hence the ‘Queen of All’.


On 20 December 2010 the founder and first Abbot of Pantanassa Monastery Elder Stephanos retired and on the same day the brotherhood unanimously elected Elder Eusebios as Abbot. On 17 September 2011 Elder Eusebios was enthroned as Abbot by the late Archbishop Stylianos.

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There are currently three priest-monks (including the abbot and former abbot), three monks and two novices living there. Daily services are held in the chapel of Saints Ephraim (d. c. 373) and Isaac (d. c. 700) the Syrians, both pillars of Orthodox spirituality to this day.

The current monastic dwelling is located on the side of a mountain below a 200 metre cliff edge. It is surrounded by virgin forest overlooking a small valley and river.

In May 2005 construction of the full monastic complex began in earnest on top of this cliff, which overlooks the Dubbo Valley and nearby National Parks.

The monks support themselves by making prayer ropes, pure bees’ wax candles, handmade incense, hand painted icons in the Byzantine style, and by mounting icon prints on timber, as well as other liturgical products.

    'Our eyes must acquire a gentle glance, and so convey the mercy from on high.'

                                                  Saint Gregory Palamas