The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, on the three-year anniversary of the passing of the late Archbishop of Australia Stylianos (2019-2022), is presenting a Literary Memorial in order to honour the eminent personality and work of the venerable and enlightened Archbishop, who ministered successfully the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia for 44 years.

The Archbishop, apart from a leading theologian, was also a charismatic poet, with a theological and literary, as well as essay and critical work.

He had published extensive work on Andrew of Crete, Gregory the Theologian, Maximus the Confessor, Nikos Gavriel Pentzikes, Pandelis Prevelakis, Yiannis Ritsos, Nikos Kazantzakis and George Seferis.

The late Archbishop Stylianos with Dr John Vasilakakos back in 1996. Photo: Supplied

The lecture in honour of the late Archbishop Stylianos and, mainly, the poet and ordinary man Stylianos Charkianakis, will be delivered by his close friend, scholar and correspondent, academic and acclaimed writer, critic and translator Dr John Vasilakakos. He will be presenting some key highlights from their long-lasting friendship and fruitful spiritual and intellectual relationship which shed light upon unknown aspects of the multifarious personality and intellectual/artistic concerns and quests of Stylianos Charkianakis.

The lecture will be followed by a book launch of the short story collection by Dr John Vasilakakos entitled: With Borges at the Eurotas River, published by Odos Panos, Athens 2022. This book will be presented by the well-known poet-journalist Mr Dimitris Troaditis.

Archbishop of Australia Makarios, will honour the Literary Memorial with his presence and will also address the gathering.

When: Sunday 7 August, 7pm

Where: Coburg on Victoria Hall of the “Presentation of Our Lord” Parish, 23-29 Victoria St., Coburg, VIC