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As is the pious custom amongst Orthodox Christians, we begin all undertakings with prayer. The appointment of Mrs Anne Nicolaou as founding principal of St.Sava College, is the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Australia, and for this reason His Grace Bishop Siluan invited Anne and members of the College Board to bow their heads in prayer, specifically for Anne, at the Principal Commissioning Service last night at our cathedral in Cabramatta.

In his instructive yet touching words at the conclusion of the service His Grace imparted the following: “It is a well-known fact that a good school rests on the shoulders of a capable principal, good educators, and a competent board of directors. St Sava’s College, being a startup school, brings with it excitement and motivation, but also its own challenges. For this reason, we have initiated this journey with a prayerful petition to God, to grant His blessings and holy commission to you for the work you are about to begin. Your task will not be an easy one, however, you will not be alone. You will have the full support of myself as bishop, the clergy, teachers and the Board of Directors, but more importantly, you will have Christ, the Holy Theotokos, St Sava and all the saints looking over you.”

We wish Anne Nicolaou every success and pray that God grant her many years!