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Metropolitan's Message

amfilochios kisamou“We replaced wisdom with knowledge and now we have replaced knowledge with information”, writes Thomas Eliot in “Waste Land”. Could we possibly make the Internet an important pastoral tool in the hands of the Church? Could the millions of people who daily surf the cyberworld palpate hope and discover the wonders of God and people via the Internet?" Believing that the Church's mission is to offer this world the opening of Heaven and to give man the prospect of salvation, which is Christ Himself, the question arises...  



Cornerstone of the Holy Temple of St. Nikephoros the Leper

osios nikiforos 2Our Metropolis announces that on the evening of Thursday, 31st July at 7.00pm, in Syrikari of Kisamos, birth land of our Holy Father St. Nikephoros the Leper, His Eminence our Metropolitan Mr. Amfilochios will officiate the ceremony of Sanctification and will also place the cornerstone of the first church which will be erected in the name of our Blessed Father Nikephoros the Leper. Upon completion of the Sanctification, he will distribute icons of Saint Nikephoros for blessing. All the people of God are invited to participate in this historic and sacred event.
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The Holy Temple of Saint Nikephoros the Leper in Syrikari, Kisamos (Photorealistic Drawing)


Spiritual Speech 2/9/2014

koimisi-gonia-mikriOur Holy Metropolis announces that on the evening of Saturday, 2nd August, at 8.00 pm, in the multipurpose room of Tsatsaronakeio Multicentre of our Metropolis in Kissamos, there will be a spiritual speech by the Most Reverend Abbot of the Holy Great Monastery of Vatopedi Mr. Ephraim on “the Holy Mountain and Marian presence.” The speech will be adorned with timely Hymns, which will be performed by the Byzantine Choir of the Conservatory of our Metropolis. Our participation in this beautiful and beneficial spiritual soiree can be a wonderful opportunity for a meaningful approach of the person of our Lady Mary and the forthcoming great celebration of Her Assumption.


Blessing of Mobile Medical Unit

Our Holy Metropolis invites you all, on Saturday 2 August at 19.15pm, to the Blessing Ceremony of a Mobile Medical Unit, which was a kind gift of the Holy Great Monastery of Vatopedi. The fully equipped Medical Unit will be incorporated in the actions of Annousakeio Foundation and will operate in co-operation with the Medical Association of Chania, to meet the needs of financially and socially weak fellow citizens.

By the Holy Metropolis


Book Presentation 21/7/2014

In the comfortable, spacious and always hospitable premises of the Orthodox Academy of Crete in Chania, Kolimvari, the Ecclesiastical Bookstore of our Metropolis and “En Plo” Publications presented the book “The Torn Veil,” which was translated at the initiative of His Eminence Archbishop of Crete Eirinaios. It is about the true and breathtaking story of the conversion of a young girl from Pakistan, Esther Gulshan from Islam to Christianity. Esther, being confined in a wheelchair since she was struck by typhoid fever, sought healing and freedom not only of her body but also of her soul, because despite the fact, as she confesses, that for years she had been reading the Quran and praying regularly, yet she had lost all hope that the situation would change.

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“The torn veil” 21/7/2014


New offer of love by the Holy Great Monastery of Vatopedi to our Metropolis 18/7/2014

Annousakeio Foundation-Infirmary of the Holy Metropolis of Kisamos and Selinon received another great offer of love and respect from the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi. More specifically, the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi offered to our Metropolis, in order to meet the increasing needs of our fellow citizens who struggle with poverty, a large quantity of potatoes, dairy products, meat, legumes, frozen vegetables and other goods, which will all be distributed through the social services of Annousakeio Foundation of our Holy Metropolis.

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Feast of St. Marina 2014

July; month of honor and memory for many Saints of our Church. One of the most prominent feasts of this month is that of the Holy Great Martyr Marina. Our Bishop presided over the Vespers and the Divine Liturgy of the feast day at the beauteous homonymous Church of the Parish of Kolymvari. In his short speech, he referred to the martyrdom of St. Marina as well as the many and timely messages of her life for the modern world and man.

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Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2014

Our Metropolis organizes a pilgrimage to the Holy Land – Jerusalem for the feast of the Holy Cross, from 25 September to 1 October 2014, with a direct flight from Heraklion. His Eminence Metropolitan of Kisamos and Selinon Mr. Amfilochios will escort. For more information contact Mr. Emmanuel Botonakis on 28220-22128 (line 5, working hours), or Plymakis Travel Agency: Tel. 28210-43212, 56780 email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Social Solidarity Actions by Annousakeio Foundation 2013

Our Metropolis, in the context of Social Solidarity, offers organised soup kitchens for people who are in need (unemployed, impoverished, economic immigrants, homeless, elderly, etc), as well as packages of food, clothing, medicine and free medical examination, in an effort to help cover the growing needs of our destitute brothers.

More specifically, the offer includes:

  • 67,525 servings of food: 105 servings for inmates of the Foundation and other attendants and 80 portions for people of the surrounding area, thus providing 185 servings total (X 365imeron) on a daily basis,
  • 929 bags with different types of foods: pasta, beans, milk, chicken, etc., an average 13 kg each, total: 12.077 kg, and 300 packets with sweets. This offer is categorized in the following way:
    • 840 bags of food for 130 people registered at the Social Grocery,
    • 59 bags of food and 180 boxes of sweets for those registered at the Aid-at-Home Program of Kisamos
    • 30 bags of food and 120 boxes of sweets for those registered at the Aid-at-Home Program of Selinon
  • For 95 families, medicine and medical supplies
  • For 193 families, clothing items.
  • For 35 families, blankets and various bed covers.
  • Free examination of the community, in particular 156 people, through volunteer work by 13 doctors of different specialties.

Specifically, for the year 2013 Annousakeio Foundation wishes to thank the following physicians: Schiniotaki Irene - ENT, Bouzakis Elias - Gastroenterologist, Tsourounakis Nektarios – Pediatrician, Sillas Dimitris - Physiatrist, Bonatakis Michael - Cardiologist, Voulgaraki Olga – Pulmonary, Paterakis Pantelis - Urologist - Andrologist, Tsouris George - Radiologist, Marakomichelakis John - ENT, Psarakis Eftychios - Surgeon, Moustardas Marios - Vascular, Athanasakis Dimitrios - Dentist, Costas Frangos - Radiologist.


Information - Applications for recording incidents and
document submission provided by the Social Services
of the Foundation.

Contact Tel: 2822022276 Fr. Antonios Aretakis