Paphos: a fond farewell and warm welcome

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Paphos parish has bid farewell to the Reverend Andrew Burtt, with a service of Holy Eucharist celebrated by Archbishop Michael on 7 November 2021 at the Orthodox Cathedral of St Theodore.

Fr Andrew began his ministry in New Zealand in 1971, retiring after serving the chaplaincy in Paphos for five years. Much loved and respected by his parishioners as well as the wider community, Fr Andrew and the large congregation were honoured to be joined by Orthodox Bishop George, who presented Fr Andrew with a plaque representing St Paul’s missionary work in Paphos. 

The service was followed by afternoon tea at the Elysium Hotel. A few days later, a group of 75 well-wishers attended a lunch at Gustoso Restaurant in Kato Paphos—a wonderful opportunity for parishioners to show their great appreciation for Fr Andrew’s dedication and kindness to those he worked amongst. The Diocese wishes him a long and happy retirement.

The Diocese also offers warm congratulations to the new Paphos parish interim priest-in-charge (previously Associate Priest), the Reverend Ken Waters, who was licensed by Archbishop Michael on 20 November 2021 at the Church of Ayia Kyriaki, Kato Paphos. 

The service was followed by lunch at the UKCA Club.

Photo credit: Sarah Sait