Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria and All Africa expressed his gratitude to the Ministry of Education for the support of the Greek State in the work of Athanasius the Great School during yesterday’s graduation ceremony of the African seminary students.
It was a very moving ceremony, which was the occasion to present the results of a two-year program, which has established a body that educates more and more “ambassadors” of the Greek community and Orthodoxy on the African continent.
Presenting their diplomas to the eight graduate students from various African countries, the Patriarch thanked in the person of the Consul General of Greece in Alexandria, Athanasios Kotsionis, the Ministry of Education of Greece and the General Secretariat for Religions and Religions, providing teachers so that the academy can function properly and provide knowledge to students.
The diplomas were awarded to the graduates by the Patriarch of Alexandria, in the presence of the Patriarchal Vicar of Alexandria, Metropolitan Narcissus of Naucratis, and the Director of the School, Bishop Germanos of Tamaitheus.
Also present were the Secretary-General of the Greek community of Alexandria, Dimitris Kavouras, and the President of the Lyceum Club of Greek Women of Alexandria, Aliki Antoniou.
The graduates warmly thanked the Patriarch for his love, blessing and financial, social and spiritual support. On his part, the Primate of the African Orthodox Church stressed that “Africa is the future and is the most valuable thing we have to show as a Patriarchate.” He wished them good progress so that they could transmit the light of Orthodoxy and Hellenism to their homelands in Africa.
The ceremony closed with songs and hymns in the courtyard of the Holy Monastery, with Byzantine sounds and African melodies.