The local government delegation from Crete, which is visiting Australia, was welcomed at the offices of the Archdiocesan District of Northcote in Victoria, Australia, consisting of the Regional Deputy Governor of Crete Maria Lioni, the Regional Councilor in the area of Hellenes Abroad, Mr. Konstantinos Fasoulakis, Mayor of Malevizi Mr. Menelaos Bokeas, Secretary of the Regional Council Mr. Georgia Milakis, Regional Councilors Mr. Costas Dandoulakis and Mr. Nikos Manousakis, Deputy Director of the Historical Museum of Crete Mr. Agisilaos Kaloutsakis, and the screenwriter of the documentary “Krousonas: In the footsteps of Captain Satan”, Katerina Bikaki.
The delegation was welcomed on behalf of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia, by Their Graces, Bishop Kyriakos of Sozopolis and Bishop Evmenios of Kerasounta.
During the visit, Their Graces and their associates guided the visitors through the premises of the Holy Monastery of Axion Esti, and in particular in the offices of social assistance (Pronia), where the coordinator, Mr. Ioannis Pilalidis, briefly presented the programs and activities of the Centre.
A tour of the Holy Archdiocese’s Library followed, while Their Graces shared with members of the delegation the vision of the Archdiocese and His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia for the further use and development of the Holy Axion Esti Monastery.
Their Graces also informed the visitors about the annual celebration of the memory of the Holy Four New Cretan Martyrs which takes place at the Monastery of the Archdiocese of Axion Esti. The Holy Icon of Saints, donated to the Archdiocesan Church by the Cretan community, was placed for veneration.
On behalf of the Archbishop, Their Graces hosted a dinner for members of the delegation from Crete, during which gifts were exchanged, in remembrance of the visit.
It should be noted that the Consul General of Greece in Melbourne, Mr. Emmanuel Kakavelakis, was present during the visit as well as the President of the Victoria Inter-communities Committee and President of the Cretan Federation of Australia and New Zealand, Mr. Antonios Tsourdalakis