Saint Joannicius of Devic (+ 1430)

Commemorated on December 2 / December 15

Joannicius was a Serb from Zeta. As a young man he was overhelmed with love for Christ. He left his home and family and withdrew to the region of Ibar at the mouth of the Black River into a narrow cave in which, according to tradition, before him, St. Peter of Korish lived a life of ascetism. When his fame began to spread among the people, he fled to Drenica and hid in the thick forest of Devich. Here St. Joannicius spent years of solitude, in silence and in prayer. According to tradition, the Serbian Prince George Brankovich brought his mentally ill daughter to him whom the Saint healed. Out of gratitude, George built a monastery on this spot, known today by the name of Devic. The holy and wonder-working relics of Joannicius repose in this monastery. In this monastery, more recently, the nun Euphemia, the famous and God-pleasing hermitess lived a life of ascetism in Devic. The nun Euphemia is better known in the area of Kosovo by the name: The Blessed Stojna. She died in the Lord in the year 1895 A.D.

Patron Saint’s Day of the Royal Family of Serbia

The Royal Family of Serbia celebrated today its Patron Saint’s Day – St. Andrew the First Called, at the Royal Palace in Belgrade.

The hosts are Their Royal Highnesses Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine, and the celebration was attended by religious leaders, members of the Advisory Bodies of the Crown, as well as by the friends of the Royal Family.

The First Orthodox Grammar School in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The First Orthodox Grammar School in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The First Orthodox Grammar School in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The First Orthodox Grammar School in Bosnia and Herzegovina
The First Orthodox Grammar School in Bosnia and Herzegovina

On 13 January 2017, in a hall of the Saint Sava Parish House in Srpska Varos in town Brcko, Republic of Srpska, there was held a meeting of Bishop Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla with representatives of the Brcko District authorities, headed by Mayor Mr. Sinisa Milic, as well as with representatives of educational and other institutions of the District.

Two topics  were discussed: first – establishing of an Orthodox Grammar school in Brcko, and the second one– considering  a projectof the internal design of the Cultural and Administrative Centre of the Serbian Orthodox Church-School Community of Brcko. The meeting was opened by protopresbyter-staurophor Nebojsa Draskic, principal of the Cathedral church of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in Brcko, who reported on the projects and phases they might be implemented.

Metropolitan’s evangelic mission in Colombia

Metropolitan’s evangelic mission in Colombia
Metropolitan’s evangelic mission in Colombia
Metropolitan’s evangelic mission in Colombia
Metropolitan’s evangelic mission in Colombia

Like the first Apostles, their disciples and new enlighteners, Metropolitan Amfilohije heard the voice of Jesus that echoes: “Go forth and baptize all the peoples”, while continuing his evangelic mission in South America.

This distant South American country, which bears the name of Christopher Columbus, the man who discovered America, got its Orthodox missionaries in recent years.

The Serbian Orthodox Church in Central America got a new monastery

The Serbian Orthodox Church in Central America got a new monastery
The Serbian Orthodox Church in Central America got a new monastery
The Serbian Orthodox Church in Central America got a new monastery
The Serbian Orthodox Church in Central America got a new monastery

His Eminence Amfilohije, Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral and the Administrator of South-Central America, paying a canonical visitation to this Diocese,arrived to the monastery of Holy Trinity in Guatemala on 5 November 2017.

His Eminence was welcomed by abbess of the monastery mother Ines with the sisterhood, protopresbiter-staurophor Alexios Pena Alfaro, Bishop’s deputy of Brazil as well as by monastery spiritual Fr. Ignatius.

A visit to Antiochian Metropolitan and the parish in Madriaga

A visit to Antiochian Metropolitan and the parish in Madriaga
A visit to Antiochian Metropolitan and the parish in Madriaga
A visit to Antiochian Metropolitan and the parish in Madriaga
A visit to Antiochian Metropolitan and the parish in Madriaga

Metropolitan Amfilohije visited the seat of the Church of Antioch in Buenos Aires and a parish in General Madriaga

On 30 November 2017 His Eminence Amfilohije, Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral and the Administrator of South-Central America, escorted by parish priest Esteban Jovanovic and protodeacon Vladimir Jaramaz, upon the invitation of Metropolitan Silouan of Buenos Aires, visited his Cathedral church of Saint George and the seat of the Diocese of the Church of Antioch in Buenos Aires.