Every year, the Darebin Community Awards highlight the wonderful and impactful contributions our community members make to the City of Darebin.

The Very Reverend Fr George Nasr has been the Parish Priest at St George’s Cathedral, Thornbury for nearly 50 years and has performed over 30,000 ceremonies for the Antiochian Orthodox community including christenings, weddings and funerals.

Fr George Nasr has served and lived in Darebin since migrating to Australia from Lebanon. Some of the key work performed by Fr George included helping migrants settle in Australia, including Lebanese in the early days and more recently, the newly arrived Syrian refugees.

Fr George Nasr started the congregation with a small number of families and it has grown to over 1000. Fr George mentored many Priests who have now established new Churches, and recently had his parish elevated to Cathedral status. This is the only Antiochian Orthodox Church in Victoria with this status and only the second in Australia.

Fr George Nasr’s contribution to humanitarian work has not been limited to his religious community, and many dominations know the work Fr George Nasr has done.

In the next few weeks, Fr George Nasr will be celebrating 50 years as an Antiochian Orthodox priest.

The awards were held at Darebin Arts Centre, Cnr Bell and St Georges Road Preston, on Thursday 18 March. A COVID safe and limited number of guests have been invited for this year’s presentation night.

Congratulation to the Very Rev. Fr George from the Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese & community.