|L to R: Reader Sherry Angelis, Fr Geoffrey, Fr Joseph, (me), Reader Christine Saccali, the Revd Pam Nicholson (PtO priest) and Canon Malcolm Bradshaw (Chaplain, St Paul's)|
We were joined by Fr Joseph, a priest of the Syrian Orthodox Church. Fr Joseph, a native of Lebanon, is studying for a PhD in Athens. Fr Joseph also joined for the Great Vigil of Easter the next day. His own Church observes Easter according to the Eastern date so he was free to be part of our own celebrations on the Western date.
Fr Malcolm arranged for some ecumenical discussions with Greek Orthodox authorities during my visit, including with Bishop Gabriel Papanicolaou (below), and with Drs Constantine Dimstas and Vassi Leontari of the Archdiocese of Athens Apostoli or social outreach programme. 10,000 meals are distributed each day to the needy in Athens, one of many programmes coordinated by Apostoli. Fr Malcolm and our Anglican parish work closely with Apostoli.