His Eminence Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, was guest at Holy Saviour School in Greenacre, earlier this month.
STUDENTS and staff at Holy Saviour School have had a visit from the Eternal City, the Old Rome, earlier this month.
His Eminence Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches, was guest of the Greenacre school as part of an official pastoral visit.
Teacher Siham Matar says the congregation, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary, is one of the dicasteries, or departments, of the Roman Curia, the central administration of the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Sandri visited the school for a liturgy of prayer. At the conclusion of the formal service, the Cardinal was presented with a commemorative gift before joining the staff, students and visitors for an 'agape' Middle Eastern breakfast.
"In his present role, His Eminence has a particular interest in the many educational facilities conducted by the Eastern Catholic Churches throughout the world," Mrs Matar said.
"There are now five Eastern Catholic dioceses or eparchies in Australia, with three having formally established communities in New Zealand.
"Melkite Catholics, both clergy and laity, have a long tradition of establishing schools wherever the community settles.
"Holy Saviour School in Greenacre was established in 2000 and continues as an important project of the Melkite Catholic Eparchy."
Mrs Matar says enrolments reflect the great diversity of the Middle Eastern diaspora in Sydney: "Students come from a surprising variety of backgrounds."