On Monday, July 19, Bishop Elpidios of Kyanea warmly welcomed Father Abram Abdelmalek, from the Coptic Orthodox Church, at the Archdiocesan District of Perth offices as reported by vema.com.au.
Fr. Abram, who was born in Egypt and migrated to Sydney in 1993, engaged in a two-hour fruitful conversation with Bishop Elpidios while enjoying each other’s company over Greek coffee.
The Bishop presented Fr. Abram with a book “Lord and Master of my Life” by Archbishop Makarios of Australia.
In return, Fr. Abram gifted the Bishop an icon of Christ that will be housed in the Archdiocese Exhibition area at the entrance of the offices on Level One.
A tour of the entire Archdiocese building then followed as this was Fr. Abram’s first official visit to the Archdiocese offices in Perth.
In the evening of the same day, the Bishop invited all the WA clergy and their presvyteras to the Archdiocesan District of Perth offices for Pizza. The Abbot of the Holy Monastery of St John, Fr Prodromos, was also present.
Everyone enjoyed the common meal and coming together in Christian fellowship and emphasised the importance of repeating similar gatherings in the future.