n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Nicodemos Sarikas : a pioneer Greek Orthodox missionary in Africa : research article

Volume 94, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



The article attempts to tell the story of a pioneering Greek Orthodox missionary in Africa, Archimandrite Nikodemus Saricas, born in Asia Minor and a traveller through Africa during his lifetime. After exploring briefly a socio-historical portrait of Greek immigration to Africa and South Africa the article deals with the travels, efforts, failures and achievements of a visionary religious traveller whose main aims were to unite the immigrant Greeks under the eternal messages of Greek Orthodoxy and expand the religion's message of peace and love to indigenous African populations. The narrative takes us from the then Transvaal to Southern Rhodesia, Alexandria, Egypt, and Tanganyika where the tireless Servant of God deeply committed himself to serving Greeks and indigenous Africans simultaneously through schooling, religious services and welfare. His message of God, Humanity, Peace and Prosperity has been a beacon of Hope and has been continuously pursued at present by the Patriarchate of Alexandria.

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