On Saturday, 2nd November, Bishop Iakovos of Miletoupolis was welcomed into the State of Queensland, at the Brisbane Domestic Terminal by the Clergy, Presidents and committee members of all Parish Communities in South East Queensland, as he arrived to take up his new Post as the Inaugural Bishop & Archiepiscopal Vicar for the 4th Archdiocesan District of Queensland and Papua New Guinea.
At the Greek Orthodox Church of St George, Bishop Iakovos was met by hundreds of local faithful, youth and elderly alike, who were eagerly awaiting the arrival of their newly appointed Shepherd. The Bishop conducted the Inaugural Doxology Service at the Church of Saint George in South Brisbane.
That evening, the Greek Orthodox Community of Saint George held a special dinner celebrating the 90th Anniversary since the establishment of the first Greek Orthodox Church in Queensland, the Church of St George. Bishop Iakovos was the Guest of Honour at this event, which was attended by over 400 people including the Deputy Premier and Treasurer of Queensland, Jackie Trad MP, Senator Amanda Stoker representing the Prime Minister of Australia, the Lord Mayor of Brisbane Cr Adrian Shrinner and Mrs Helen Raptis representing the Consul-General of Greece in Queensland, Jim Raptis OBE together with representatives from all the Parish Communities of South East and North Queensland.
On Sunday, 3rd November, being the second feast day for Saint George the Great Martyr in the liturgical calendar of our Holy Church, Bishop Iakovos conducted his Inaugural Official Divine Liturgy as the Archiepiscopal Vicar for the State of Queensland and Papua New Guinea at the Church of Saint George in South Brisbane. The liturgy brought much spiritual joy to the church community as they celebrated the feast day with their new shepherd. At the conclusion of the Holy Divine Liturgy, the faithful joined with Bishop Iakovos to celebrate the feast day at a morning tea, generously provided by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Parish.
Source: Archdiocese of Australia