Ordination of Bishop Silouan of Sinope

Ordination of Bishop Silouan of Sinope

College alumnus and Faculty member, His Grace Bishop-elect Silouan (Fotineas), was ordained to the holy episcopate as Bishop of Sinope in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Theotokos (Redfern, NSW) on today’s feast day of our holy father Makarios the Great of Egypt. Presiding at the divine liturgy was His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia who also celebrated his name day festivities. He concelebrated together with Their Eminences Metropolitans Seraphim of Sebasteia, Ambrosios of Korea, Nektarios of Hong Kong, Konstantinos of Singapore, Myron of New Zealand, Ignatios of Madagascar, and Nathanael of Chicago, and Their Graces Bishops Ezekiel of Derbe, Iakovos of Miletoupolis, Emilianos of Meloa, and Elpidios of Kyaneon.

His Grace Bishop Silouan of Sinope will serve as the assistant bishop in Adelaide to His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Australia and the archiepiscopal representative for South Australia and the Northern Territory.

As the Very Reverend Archimandrite Fr Silouan Fotineas (Bachelor of Theology, 2001), he was elected Bishop of Sinope (a city of northern Turkey) on 28 November 2019 by the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, presided by His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I. From 2002-2006 he served as deacon and then priest at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Brisbane. Thereafter, he was assigned as the parish priest of the Holy Monastery of St Nectarios in Adelaide where he served until his recent election.

His Grace Bishop Silouan completed a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Queensland in 2003, followed by a Graduate Diploma in Language (Modern Greek) and a Bachelor of Theology Honours degree in early Church history and patristics in 2010, both from Flinders University. He has also lectured in patristics at his alma mater St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College since 2017, having completed his doctoral dissertation that same year through the Australian Catholic University with the topic “The Letters of Bishop Basil of Caesarea: Instruments of Communion”.

ΑΞΙΟΣ! May he be worthy!