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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!
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
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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.
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.
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.
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.