Eparchial (Diocesan) News

50th Anniversary of the Consecration, 1969-2019, St. George Church in San Diego, California

50th Anniversary of the Consecration, 1969-2019, St. George Church in San Diego, California
50th Anniversary of the Consecration, 1969-2019, St. George Church in San Diego, California
50th Anniversary of the Consecration, 1969-2019, St. George Church in San Diego, California
50th Anniversary of the Consecration, 1969-2019, St. George Church in San Diego, California

A jubilant celebration took place at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, San Diego, CA, on Saturday and Sunday, August 3rd and 4th

A festive gathering of parishioners, supporters and friends with their Hierarch, visiting and local clergy in honor of the 50th anniversary of the consecration of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego, CA, took place on August 3rd and 4th of this year.

Remembrance Day of the Victims and Exiles of the Serbs in the Operation “Oluja” (Storm)

Remembrance Day of the Victims and Exiles of the Serbs in the Operation “Oluja” (Storm)
Remembrance Day of the Victims and Exiles of the Serbs in the Operation “Oluja” (Storm)
Remembrance Day of the Victims and Exiles of the Serbs in the Operation “Oluja” (Storm)
Remembrance Day of the Victims and Exiles of the Serbs in the Operation “Oluja” (Storm)

The central state event to commemorate the Remembrance Day of All Victims and Exiles of the Serbs in the Croatian armed operation "Storm" was held on August 4, 2019 in the Krusedol Monastery in Fruska Gora, Syrmium.

The parastasis rite for the repose of souls of the victims was served by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej in the prayerful presence of the President of the Republic of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic, President of the Republic Srpska Zeljka Cvijanovic, Prime Minister of Serbia Ana Brnabic, prime minister of the Republika Srpslka, ministers in both governments, high representatives of the governments and national assemblies of the Republic of Serbia and Republika Srpska, political representatives of the Serbs from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Slovenia and Northern Macedonia, representatives of the Serbian Armed Forces, members of associations for promoting  traditions of Serbian liberation wars and a huge number of citizens.

Raška-Prizren Diocese Appeal

Raška-Prizren Diocese Appeal
Raška-Prizren Diocese Appeal
Raška-Prizren Diocese Appeal
Raška-Prizren Diocese Appeal

Raška-Prizren Diocese Appeal for аssistance to vulnerable people in the north of Kosovo and Metohija

The Bishop of Raška-Prizren Teodosije served today holy liturgy at St. Demetrius in Kosovska Mitrovica thus providing spiritual support to the faithful people in this area. In a conversation with the clergy and the believers, the Bishop was briefed on the latest humanitarian situation, which, according to the testimony of the faithful, is the worse since the 1999 war. On the basis of a direct conversation with the faithful people, the Bishop published the following appeal, which we transmit:

Traditional procession in Berane on St. George’s

Traditional procession in Berane on St. George’s
Traditional procession in Berane on St. George’s
Traditional procession in Berane on St. George’s
Traditional procession in Berane on St. George’s

Traditional procession on St. George feat-day led by His Eminnce Mark, Archbishop of Berlin and of all Germany, and the Diocesan Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Nikšić, in honor and glory of the Holy Great Martyr and Victorious George, went along the city of Berane, Montenegro.

The procession with a huge number of faithful people, clergy, monastics and guests of this ceremony started from the church-yard of the Cathedral monastery church of the Diocese of Budimlje-Nikšić, an ancient Nemanjic endowment, the Đurđevi Stupovi monastery, and while chanting troparia and reading Gospel portions, the festal procession passed through Berane and returned to the monastery itself.

Mr. Ahmed Shaheed: Freedom of Religion or Belief

Mr. Ahmed Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief

A very warm welcome to you all in Montenegro at this Roundtable on Freedom of Religion or Belief! My apologies for not being be able to be with you in person at this
roundtable. I know you have all undertaken an important endeavour today, coming together, to assist relevant stakeholders to understand better the right to freedom of religion or belief and to review the current draft law on the Legal Position of Churches and Religious Communities prepared by the Government of Montenegro in 2015. I have also heard the concerns of various religious communities regarding the re-registration requirements under the draft law, which are cumbersome in process and discriminatory in nature. Besides, there is genuine fear that the draft law may further restrict many aspects of the right to manifest one’s religion or belief.

The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago

The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago
The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago
The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago
The Sunday of Orthodoxy in Chicago

The first Sunday of Great Lent – the Sunday of Orthodoxy, was prayerfully and festively celebrated in Holy Resurrection Cathedral in Chicago. 

Divine Liturgy was served by all of the parish priests: Archpriests Darko Spasojevic and Dobrivoje Milunovic and Priest Nikolaj Kostur. S.S.S. Branko Radichevich Choir, directed by Jelena Stojakovic, sang responses at the liturgy. Also, many servers participated in the Altar. After the Prayer behind the Ambo, the clergy, servers and a large number of children with icons in their hands participated in a procession, in that way showing the triumph of the true faith over heresies, schisms and all temptations which the Orthodox Church has encountered from the beginning to the end of the world.

Nis: Scientific Conference on “Orthodox Monasticism”

Nis: Scientific Conference on “Orthodox Monasticism”
Nis: Scientific Conference on “Orthodox Monasticism”
Nis: Scientific Conference on “Orthodox Monasticism”
Nis: Scientific Conference on “Orthodox Monasticism”

With the blessing of His Holiness the  Serbian Patriarch Irinej and of His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Nis a two-day conference  with the theme “Orthodox monasticism” was opened in Nis under auspices  of the Centre for Church Studies of Nis on 7 March 2019.

The scientific conference was opened by Patriarch Irinej who evaluated development of monasticism in Christian Church and particularly in Serbia, ”where monasteries are not empty, people visit them in order to experience a real Christian life observing the Gospel teaching…”