The Coptic diocese of Sydney said in a statement that it offered to sell three adjacent plots of four purchased by the Coptic Church in 2014 for the purpose of building a cathedral and the residence of the bishop and some facilities and services buildings. This project was blessed by His Holiness Pope Tawadroas II who laid the foundation stone during his historic visit to Australia two years ago.
Statement added that there was a need for developing the faculty of the Virgin Mary and St. Mina high School in the Rockdale area. After many meetings, the Archdiocese and its committees saw the importance of the college for the future of our children. It was decided to postpone the bishopric project again because the conditions of service and priorities and the material benefit from the sale requires attention to Coptic colleges and the abdication of the Bishop for the existence of the headquarters of the bishopric and preferred to develop school buildings in the Rockdale area to serve our children and the future of Coptic Christian education.