The members of the 7th Episcopal Assembly of Oceania met in Sydney in the Central Offices of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia on Thursday 8th February, 2018 under the ex officio chairmanship of His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia.
Once again, the opportunity was given for the Hierarchs of this Assembly to affirm and reinforce their unity in the Orthodox faith.
Present were: His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos (Ecumenical Patriarchate); His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios (Antiochian Church); His Grace Bishop Siluan (Serbian Church); His Grace Bishop Mihail (Romanian Church); His Grace Bishop Ezekiel (Assistant Bishop); His Grace Bishop Seraphim (Assistant Bishop); His Grace Bishop Iakovos (Assistant Bishop); Fr Amphilochios Vasiltsotelis (Ecumenical Patriarchate, New Zealand); Fr Michael Protopopov (Russian Church) and Fr Michael Solomko (Ukrainian Church).
In the opening session, the Chairman, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia welcomed all Hierarchs οn behalf of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew. He noted the contribution and support, towards the work of the Assembly, of His Eminence Archbishop Paul (Saliba) (Antiochian Church), who reposed in the Lord, after a long and blessed episcopal ministry.
His Eminence Metropolitan Basilios, from the Antiochian Church, who attended the Assembly for the first time, was also welcomed and congratulated for his recent elevation to the episcopacy.
Following this, all Hierarchs were provided with the opportunity to raise common concerns confronting the Orthodox Churches in Oceania and benefit from the experience of fellow bishops.
The Assembly deliberated οn the following pastoral challenges confronting the Orthodox Churches of Australia and New Zealand, and in light of the discussions that ensued, rendered the following decisions: