St. John

The Holy Monastery of St. John of the Mountain is half an hour from the centre of Perth in Western Australia. The devout brothers Stavros, Michael and Iraklis-George Kakulas nobly donated the 10 acres comprising the grounds of the Monastery to the Holy Archdiocese of Australia on the 15th of May 1974. It was named Holy Monastery of St. John of the Mountain at the wish of the brothers who originated from the border island of Kastelorizo, where the Monastery of St John of the Mount is also located. Saint John of the Mountain is no other than Saint John the Baptist who is celebrated on the 24th June the feast of the birth of the Honest Precursor.

His Grace, Bishop Iezekiel of Derbi, being then an Archimandrite and a fervent supporter of the idea of establishing a Holy Monastery in Perth officiated the first outdoor Divine Liturgy on the grounds on Monday the 11th of October 1976. Two years later, on Monday the 28th of January 1980, His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, the Primate of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia, placed the foundation stone of the Church (which was yet to be built).

Seeing the importance of establishing an Orthodox Christian Monastery in Perth in spirit of the people of Perth was invigorated by the possibility of seeding a holy centre of prayer with a group of ladies organised lunches in the hall of the parish-community of Saints Constantine and Helen every first Tuesday of the month to raise funds for the building on the Church. These gracious women and many of our fellow Christians worked hard for the construction of the church the names of whom have being recorded in the “Book of Eternal Life” by the Lord our God who sees all things.

After the completion of the Church, the Monastery operated occasionally. In January 1984 the supervision of the Monastery and its development was assigned to Very Rev. Fr George Litas and a Church committee was formed to assist him.

With the encouragement and blessing of his Eminence Archbishop Stylianos, and the great dedication of his Grace Bishop Nikandros of Dorileou, the Monastery of brotherhood was manned on January 7, 2005 with Fr Evagrios Koutouzis, a monk from the Monastery of the Simonopetra on Mount Athos.

Since 2005, the Holy Monastery of St John of The Mountain offers its ministration to the fellow man and its worship and devotion to the Triune God. In addition to the buildings and other facilities offered, the Holy Monastery strives effortlessly for the religious and spiritual education and training of people in Christ. The teaching of the Greek language through the texts of Divine Worship, courses of Bible study, Church services in English, intensive courses of Byzantine Music and Iconography, holy confession and ministration of social work (chaplaincy) are some of the activities offered by the Holy Monastery.  All of these activities are interwoven with the prayer, remembering Saint Gregory Palamas words, ”all labours compares to nothing to the Prayer”. These words summarise the seeding of the spirit of monasticism growing in the remotest capital city in Australia, thanks to God.

280 Holmes Road, Forrestfield, W.A. 6058
Tel. & Fax: (08) 9359 2988
Website: http://members.optusnet.com.au/~goawa/stjohnoros.html
Abbott: Heiromonk Evagrios Koutouzis
Monks: 3
Feast Day: June 24th

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