Rev. Father Philemon was canonically ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence Metropolitan Dionysios of New Zealand at St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral in Seoul, Korea, on April 2, 1995. On the following Sunday, during the Patriarchal Liturgy, Fr. Philemon was also received by His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I.
"We have found the 'Pearl of Great Price'; we are Home; no more orphans but true brothers and sisters to some 300 million Orthodox Christians worldwide and having the same spiritual father - the fervent supplicant before God - the Ecumenical Patriarch; and I am clothed with a robe of gladness, and I am just beginning to do the tasks properly and orderly," Fr. Philemon said.
- Quotation from the site of the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong and South East Asia, http://www.cs.ust.hk/faculty/dimitris/metro/hkmetropolis.htm.