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A Greek Church on Bribie Island

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by Di Hill (subscribe)
I love writing, taking photos, travelling and enjoying life. I have a BA of Adult and Vocational Teaching and a Master of Arts (Writing). My business card says Writer, Traveller, Camera Addict, and Bamboo Fan www.dihill.com.au
Published July 18th 2015
Greek Surprise on Bribie Island
A Greek Church at Bribie? Yes, there is such a church at Woorim on the island, a church with a fascinating story beside a retreat that is visited by many groups. As well, there is a Paniyiri (Greek Festival) so watch for the next one in 2016!
Greek Orthodox Church,

The story is told that some 40 years ago, a gentleman from the island of Limnos in Greece, who lived at Wellington Point in Queensland, had a dream about dedicating a monastery to the
id="ccblink" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Panagia, or Mary, the mother of Jesus.
Plaque on Greek Church
The Story of the Church

This man was Tom Lemnos, who passed away in May 1971, but left a legacy to be used to create his wish. His property, which he had hoped to be the site for his dream, was not considered suitable, and eventually the property at Bribie Island became the home of the Church and a youth retreat and recreation centre.
retreat, Bribie Island
Cabins at the Retreat

Recently it was the venue for the Greek Paniyiri Festival, but mostly the facility, known as Bribie Island Retreat and Recreation Centre is used as a training facility for young people, with modern cabins and facilities.

Visit the website for more information.
Retreat, Bribie Island
Main Building

The lovely white typical Greek Church overlooks the cabins and facilities, flanked by the bush behind the Bribie Island Caravan Park. There is plenty of space for sporting activities, with open spaces on the 12 acres in front of bushland, and close by to the beach at Woorim.
church bell
Church Bell
Being an hour north of Brisbane, with close proximity to the beach and other interesting sites to visit on the island including the Bribie Island Seaside Museum, and not far from two other great places to visit, the Caboolture Historical Village and the Abbey Museum.
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Why? Retreat
Phone: 07 3475 3000
Where: Third Avenue, Woorim
Your Comment
I am a member of the Greek Club
on the Sunshine Coast

It really is good to see it expand to Bribie
by oldies (score: 2|197) 1461 days ago
Thank you Di, I am Greek Cypriot and have enjoyed reading about this. We love Bribie so we will definitely look out for this next time we are visiting. Marina
by Marina Marangos (score: 2|700) 1458 days ago
This is a lovely site and church, literally across the road from the beach. The Paniyiri held there for the past few years is wonderful. The area has a nice mix of cultural things to do, as mentioned, but also the Caboolture Regional Art Gallery, which is great.
by Clair (score: 0|2) 1460 days ago
Does anyone know why a monastery could not be built at Wellington Point? Was it rejected by Redland council? Shame on them if it's the case.
by johnr (score: 0|2) 1179 days ago
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