Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Melkite parish is helping Syrian refugees to settle in Hampton Park. Parish Priest, Fr Elias Matta says that the families are very happy to be in their new country, arranging for their children to be enrolled at school and are facing up to all the challenges of settling in. Although the families are receiving rental assistance from the Australian Government, they are having difficulty meeting high rents and need additional financial support.
Who are the Melkites? Melkite Catholics are an autonomous Church which was reunited with Rome in the 18th century, after having been separated as part of the Orthodox schism in the 11th Century.