let your light shine


29 FEBRUARY 2020


Connection. Encouragement. Truth.

One day.


You’re invited to a new experience. 

One that dissolves myths and reveals the Truth; where youth and young adults come together and can speak freely and share with likeminded people.

“I want to give youth the opportunity to speak… I want to hear the youth.”

Archbishop Makarios

You’re invited to learn.

How can we practice what we preach without first knowing what we preach? Curated for those in their mid-to-late teens, 20s and 30s, Assemble 2020 is designed to inform, strengthen, inspire and equip you along your path, every day.

You’re invited to be you.

Come as you are. Whether that’s alone or with your friends, all youth and young adults are welcome. We’ll provide everything you’ll need on the day.


‘Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when brought to our attention by external opportunities.’

William Throsby Bridges

You’re invited by His Eminence, Archbishop Makarios.

Whether you're in high school, at uni, working, married, or single: if you're in your mid-to-late teens, 20s or 30s and you're seeking strength, inspiration, rest - if you're seeking Christ - this event is for you.


Join us for this fun and functional one day event, designed to inspire thought, friendship, discussion, faith and leadership.

His Eminence Archbishop Makarios will open Assemble 2020 by serving the Divine Liturgy.  Following this and his official on-stage greeting, insights and blessing, he will join us for the entirety of the day, sharing in meals and our sessions, creating the platform for you to comfortably share your thoughts and ideas with him.


"There is no better education than to search “as one body, and with one heart” for spiritual goals that will assist not only in this life, but also in the next. It is not a blind search, as Orthodoxy has accumulated much wisdom throughout 2000 years.

This conference combines youthful searching with God’s wisdom, which is the ‘salt and light’ of the world. For this reason, I am sure we will all look back on this event in years to come as a unique opportunity for growth in our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ."

Dr Dimitri Kepreotes

Meet your Session Speakers


Dr Dimitri Kepreotes joins us at Assemble 2020 to captivate us again with his incredible ability to connect our rich heritage meaningfully with the broader society.
He brings with him knowledge and experience from having studied Philosophy and Political Science at UNSW, at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College, and a PhD on the continuity of Greek education (paideia) from Plato through to St Photios the Great (9th C) and St Nicodemos the Athonite (18th C) at Macquarie University.
Dimitri has also served as the Personal Secretary to the late Archbishop Stylianos of blessed memory, and as a staff member of St Andrew’s Theological College.
Based in Greece recently with his wife Eleni, he is working on translations of Orthodox material into English.

Mr denne cruz

Possibly recognisable from the 2019 coverage that SBS broadcasted on his incredible story, Mr Denne Cruz joins us at Assemble 2020 to share his personal journey of hardship, adversity, self-reflection, strength, courage and conversion - one that started with a humble and homeless beginning in Lexington, Kentucky, and brings us through to being the Founder and Director of Sydney-based Divinity Funerals today.  Denne will walk us through what it was like living alone on the streets up until the age of 16, what turned his life around and how he came to be in Australia.

“I am so excited to have the opportunity to share my story at the Greek Orthodox Youth and Young Adults Conference. The conference is themed “Salt and Light”. The idea of how youth and young adults can add salt and in turn add flavour and give light to our Orthodox beliefs are essential to the continued growth of our Orthodox faith."

MR andrew psarommatis

When we see his name, we hear his voice. Andrew's 30 year commitment to the chanting stand and place in the Australian Byzantine Choir are responsible for his sound being one of the most recognisable in Australia. A man with many gifts and contributions to match, this Sydney-based physio-by-day has been translating the works of His Eminence Archbishop Makarios from Greek to English, some of which he'll be presenting at Assemble 2020, providing yet another dimension of what 'Salt and Light' means to us as the youth and young adult community, in 2020.

Meet your Panellists

What better way to give you a voice and bridge the gaps in our understanding, than with a panel comprised of hierarchy, clergy and respected laypeople?

Meet your Panellists

What better way to give you a voice and bridge the gaps in our understanding, than with a panel comprised of hierarchy, clergy and respected laypeople?

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Having spent 14 years at the Holy Monastery of Simonopetra on Mount Athos before relocating to Australia to establish and lead the Holy Monastery of St John of the Mountain in Perth, our Vicar General and His Grace, Bishop Emilianos, so named after his renowned Elder on the Holy Mountain, brings both a monastic and hierarchical angle to our panel.


Fr Athanasios Giatsios is the Parish Priest at St. Catherine's Greek Orthodox Church in Mascot.
He is a graduate of St. Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College. He holds a Masters in Modern Greek from Sydney University and is currently completing a Masters of Research in Byzantine history at Macquarie University.
Fr Athanasios is a registered Greek Orthodox Chaplain at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Randwick and at the University of NSW.


Dr Philip Kariatlis is a lecturer of theology at St Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Theological College in Sydney. In 2010 he received his doctorate in ecclesiology (the study of the church). He has translated many works for the late Archbishop Stylianos and is a member of the Faith and Unity Commission of the National Council of Churches in Australia.

Meet the entities that are making it happen

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Assemble 2020 Schedule

Each segment of Assemble 2020 is themed 'Salt and Light', exploring the meaning of Christ's words in the Holy Gospel of Matthew.

Content from each of our speakers has been tailored for youth and young adults in their mid-to-late teens, 20s and 30s.


7:30am - Matins + Divine Liturgy

10:00am - Registration + Morning Tea

10:45am - Conference Opens

11:15am - Session 1: Led by Dr Dimitri Kepreotes

12:15pm - Lunch

1:15pm - Session 2: Led by Mr Denne Cruz: A Conversion Story

2:15pm - Session 3: Dr Philip Kariatlis

2:30pm - Activity

2:45pm - Session 4: Mr Andrew Psarommatis: On The Works of His Eminence

3:45pm - Break

4:15pm - Panel with His Grace Bishop Emilianos, Father Athanasios, Dr Philip Kariatlis

5:15pm - Paraklesis

5:55pm - Formal Conference Close

6:15pm - Dinner


Assemble 2020 will be held on 29 February 2020 at St Euphemia Greek Orthodox Church Conference Hall in Sydney's Bankstown. We commence our day at 07:30 in the church with formalities closing at about 6:00pm, before a casual dinner on the grounds.


Admission to Assemble 2020 is free.

While admission is free, registration is necessary so we can ensure your meals, take home kits, seats and pre-event news and tips are accounted for. 


Have a question about Assemble 2020 before you register?

Have a read through our Frequently Asked Questions. If there's something else you'd like to ask, let us know.


Salt and Light

MATTHEW 5:13-16

13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.


Join Archbishop Makarios, Clergy and guest speakers as NSW youth + young adults come together on 29 February 2020 for this one day event.

Kindly note registrations are open to those aged 15-40.


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