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Vale Father Nicholas Bozikis

Hansard ID: HANSARD-1323879322-139142

Hansard session: Fifty-Eighth Parliament, First Session (58-1)

Vale Father Nicholas Bozikis

Mr MARK COURE (Oatley)

—Speaker, I rise to recognise and pay my condolences to Father Nicholas Bozikis, who sadly passed away at the age of 79. Father Nicholas was a champion for the Greek Orthodox community in New South Wales, serving within the Archdiocese of Australia in Sydney for more than 50 years. After emigrating to Australia from Greece in 1964, he began his service with the Archdiocese in 1970, at the invitation of late Archbishop Ezekiel of Australia. Father Nicholas served all throughout New South Wales, including in Wollongong, Kingsford, Hurlstone Park and many more parishes based in the Sydney area. During my time as the Minister for Multiculturalism, and now as Shadow Minister, I have the pleasure of working closely alongside the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese. The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese are proof that no matter who you are or where you come from, we are all stronger together. Father Nicholas ensured that this belief echoed through the entire community. I offer my condolences to Father Nicholas' family and friends during this difficult time - his Presbytera, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Vale Father Nicholas Bozikis.