Τρίτη, 6 Φεβρουαρίου 2018

ESTABLISHMENT OF THE FIRST ORTHODOX MONASTERY IN SOUTH AFRICA


 
Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa, Romfea 
Orthodox Mission

On 19th January 2018, Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa Theodoros II, arrived in South Africa, to participate in the celebrations of the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Holy Metropolis of Good Hope (1968-2018) and then to go on a great missionary journey to Namibia and Kenya.

On the afternoon of his arrival, His Beatitude the Patriarch, accompanied by the local Metropolitan His Eminence Damaskinos of Johannesburg and Pretoria, His Grace Nikodimos Bishop of Nitria and the Reverend Protopresbyter Fr. Athenodoros Papaevripiades, Exarch of the Patriarchate of Alexandria in Cyprus, visited the newly-established Holy Monastery of Saints Nicholas of Myra, Nektarios of Aegina [& Pentpolis of Libya] and Paisios of Mount Athos, in the Hartebeespoort area.

Present during the visit were the Ambassador of Greece to South Africa Mr. Eleftherios Kouvaritakis, the Consul General of Greece Mr. Ioannis Hatzantonakis, both of whom are from Crete, Mr. George Baladakis Chairman of the Office Bearers of the Throne in South Africa, Mrs. Ariadne Psillos, Lady of the Churches from Zimbabwe, Clergy from the Holy Metropolis and many faithful.




The Holy Monastery was founded through the concern and efforts of Metropolitan of Johannesburg and Pretoria Seraphim (now of Zimbabwe and Angola), in a quiet area, one hour from Johannesburg on a verdant hill with a beautiful view.

With the assistance of His Beatitude Patriarch Theodoros II, and during the Hierarchal tenure of His Eminence Damaskinos of Johannesburg and Pretoria, under the spiritual guidance of the Very Reverend Archimandrite Apostolos Apostolakis, who has also founded two other convents in Kenya and Tanzania, an Sisterhood was established comprising five sisters. The Reverend Protopresbyter decisively assisted the entire effort.

The Alexandrian Primate, at the end of Vespers, conducted the enthronement of the first Abbess of the Holy Monastery, Sister Orthodoxia, who is also from Crete.


In his homily, His Beatitude thanked all who had contributed to the establishment of the Monastic complex, His Eminence Seraphim Metropolitan of Zimbabwe and Angola, His Eminence Damaskinos Metropolitan of Johannesburg, Fr. Athenodoros Papaevripiades, the Clergy, the Greeks and South Africans, for their love, protection and care which they give to the Monastery. He emphasized that “Monasticism is not a denial of the world, but a challenge fpr reformation, transformation in Christ and its salvation”. He concluded that the presence and ministry of the Holy Monastery of St Nektarios will in the future become a point of attraction for many young and spiritual people, from South African and Missions in general, who will come to know the ideals of Orthodox Monasticism, contributing to their promotion in the field of African Orthodoxy and becoming a vital and hopeful presence for contemporary mankind.


See also

Orthodox nuns from Sub-Saharan Africa
Orthodox Mission in Tropical Africa
 
Orthodox Monasticism
 
The African Woman & the role of Woman in Orthodox Church: she must become the light of the world   

Oosters-Ortodokse Kerk 
Ortodokse geestelike erfenis 
Ortodokse Christene in Afrika
 

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