His Grace Mar Meelis Zaia, Bishop of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand of the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East and General-Secretary of the Holy Synod was today included in the honour roll and was made a 'Member of the Order of Australia' one of the civilian achievements bestowed upon Australians.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Reigning Monarch of the countries of the Commonwealth and Queen of the United Kingdom and Head of the Anglican Church of the England as is the tradition every year on Australia Day bestows an honour role of Australians who are and should be shining examples of success and achievement through a range of different areas. The Order of Australia was instituted by Her Majesty the Queen on 14 February 1975, and was established as "an Australian society of honour for the purpose of according recognition to Australian citizens and other persons for achievement or for meritorious service".
On the Australian Government's official website for this purpose one may find the name of His Grace and information regarding the Governor-General and Queen Elizabeth II's awards:
His Grace Bishop Mar Meelis ZAIA
For service to the community through the Holy Apostolic Catholic Assyrian Church of the East and through the development of a range of educational facilities.
We praise the Holy Name of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, for His everlasting guidance and strength bestowed upon such people as His Grace Mar Meelis who are tirelessly working for the Glory of our blessed holy Church and great Assyrian Nation.