Silouan (Fotineas) of Sinope

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His Grace Bishop Silouan (Fotineas) of Sinope is a hierarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, within the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.

He was born in Brisbane, Australia, graduating from Brisbane State High School before graduating from Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College in 2001. In 2002, he was ordained to the priesthood in Brisbane, serving at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos, Mt Gravatt. Then, in 2006, he was elevated to the dignity of Archimandrite and appointed parish priest of the Holy Monastery of St Nectarios, Adelaide.

He serves on the executive council of the South Australian Council of Churches, and is a board member of the Greek Welfare Centre S.A.

Soon after the enthronement of Archbishop Makarios of Australia, Fr Silouan was appointed Archiepiscopal Vicar of South Australia and the Northern Territory. In December 2019, he was elected assistant bishop of the Archbishop of Australia, with the ancient title of 'Bishop of Sinope'.[1] On 19 January 2020, he was consecrated to the episcopacy in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Annunciation, Sydney. In this, he becomes the first Eastern Orthodox hierarch to have been born in the state of Queensland.


  • 2001: Bachelor of Theology (SAGOTC, SCD).
  • 2003: Bachelor of Social Work (UQ).
  • 2010: Diploma of Languages (Flinders); Bachelor of Theology (Honours) (Flinders)
  • 2017: Doctor of Theology (ACU)
  • Thesis: The Letters of Bishop Basil of Caesarea: Instruments of Communion. [2]
  • 2018: Lecturer in Patristics at St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College (SCD)

His research interests include Patristics, Ecclesiology, and Church History of Late Antiquity.


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Silouan (Fotineas) of Sinope
Preceded by:
Athenagoras (Peckstadt)
Bishop of Sinope
Succeeded by: