On Sunday 29 January 2023, H.E. Metropolitan Basilios presided over the Divine Liturgy at St Elias Church – Wollongong. After the sermon, H.E. gave his blessing and best wishes to the parish priest Rev. Archimandrite Ephram Abbassi on the occasion of his Patron Saint’s feast day.

H.E. Metropolitan Basilios also acknowledged the achievements of Professor Samar Aoun who received the Western Australia 2023 Australian of the Year Award.

Professor Samar is the Chairperson Institute of Research in Palliative Care at the University of Western Australia. She is currently visiting Sydney with her husband Dr. Zak Durgham, a long-standing member of the Archdiocese B.O.T.

Professor Aoun is a highly respected international research leader who champions a community-centred role in end-of-life care and bereavement support.

Congratulations to Professor Aoun on her achievements.

You can read more about Professor Aoun at the following link: https://www.uwa.edu.au/news/Article/2022/November/Australian-of-the-Year