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Clayton Community surrenders property title in return for ecclesiastical canonicity
 

January 2020

The Greek Community of Clayton in Melbourne is now under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.
A meeting of the parishioners of the St Spyridon church, held in October 2019, had accepted a demand by the new leader of the Greek Archdiocese of Australia, to hand over the land title where the church is situated to the archdiocesan property trust.
That was the main condition set by Archbishop Makarios in return for ecclesiastical canonicity under the auspices of the ecumenical patriarchate which is based in Istanbul, Turkey.
Makarios officiated over a ceremony held at the St Spyridon church in Clayton on 12 December, where he officially welcomed the local parishioners in the Archdiocese, including the president of the Community - Parish, Athanasios Mandalos, and priest George Athanasiadis - who had previously served under the Autocephalic Church as a priest at the Adelaide Croydon Koimissis church .
According to an announcement by the parish, at the end of the church liturgy on 12 December, Makarios held a prayer for the forgiveness of all those who had passed away and were given “uncanonical” funerals.
At the end, Makarios sealed the “spiritual victory”, by the unveiling of a memorial plaque placed at the entrance of the Clayton Church.
Addressing the faithful, Archbishop Makarios said that “you have succeeded, despite the difficulties, the hatreds and the selfishness, to leave the schism and the division and come to the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.”
“The Archdiocese today welcomes the beautiful souls, who make us all richer”, he said.
Under the new arrangement, the archdiocese will have the ownership of the property title, however the local parish committee will have the responsibility to raise the funds through various activities to pay the priest (usually the salary stands around $75,000), cover all the costs for the running of the property such as insurance, power, candles etc as well as pay for on going maintenance costs.

 

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