Serbian Patriarch Irinej solemnly welcomed in Banja Luka

Serbian Patriarch Irinej solemnly welcomed in Banja Luka
Serbian Patriarch Irinej solemnly welcomed in Banja Luka
Serbian Patriarch Irinej solemnly welcomed in Banja Luka
Serbian Patriarch Irinej solemnly welcomed in Banja Luka

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch was welcomed in front of the church of Holy Trinity in Banjaluka by His Grace Bishop Jefrem of Banjaluka with hierarchs, clergy and the faithful in the afternoon on 24 July 2017.

Then the solemn rite of doxology followed, which was attended by His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and Their Graces Bishops Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac and Sergije of Frankfurt and All Germany, as well as Mileta Radojevic, PhD, Director of the Bureau for Cooperation with Churches and Religious Communities of the Republic of Serbia.

Serbian Patriarch concluded his Patriarchal visitation to the USA

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, returned from the USA where he had presided over the prayerful celebrations in the Diocese of New Gracanica-Midwestern America on the occasion of the glorification of new-shown Saint Mardarije of Libertyville and All-America on 24 July 2017.

On behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Holiness was welcomed at the airport Nikola Tesla by His Grace Bishop Milutin of Valjevo, member of the Holy Synod. The Patriarch was also greeted by His Grace Arsenije, Vicar Bishop of Toplica and elected Bishop of Nis, with clergy at the main entrance to the Patriarchate Palace.

Patriarchal Liturgy in New Gracanica

Patriarchal Liturgy in New Gracanica
Patriarchal Liturgy in New Gracanica
Patriarchal Liturgy in New Gracanica
Patriarchal Liturgy in New Gracanica

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at New Gracanica Monastery on 22 July 2017.

The service was prayerfully attended by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America. After the Liturgy, His Holiness Irinej served a memorial service to Metropolitan Irinej of New Gracanica of blessed repose.

Meeting with Serbian youth in the New Gracanica Monastery

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, visited children's summer  camp in New Gracanica Monastery in the afternoon on 21 July 2017.

The Patriarch was accompanied by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America.

Festal Liturgy at Saint Sava monastery in Libertyville

Festal Liturgy  at Saint Sava monastery in Libertyville
Festal Liturgy  at Saint Sava monastery in Libertyville
Festal Liturgy  at Saint Sava monastery in Libertyville
Festal Liturgy  at Saint Sava monastery in Libertyville

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the monastery of Saint Sava in Libertyville on the feast day of Saint Great Martyr Procopius, 21 July 2017.

His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral concelebrated in the prayerful presence of His Grace Bishop Longon of New Gracanica-Midwestern America. Students of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Libertyville sang responses.

Biography of the newly-elected Bishop Atanasije of Milesheva

His Grace Bishop Atanasije (Rakita), elected Bishop of Mileshevo, was born on 7 November 1957 in Janje near Sipovo.

His got the baptismal name Svetko. After finishing primary school in Babici, he absolved  the Orthodox Theological Seminary at Krka monastery. He was tonsured in the same monastery as a graduate of the Seminary on 7 May 1977;  ordained a deacon on 9 May and as presbyter  on 18 December of the same year. He visited father Justin Popovic at Celije Monastery on 1 January r1978 and on 2 January he left for America, where he finished two intensive English language  courses  at the Cathedral of Learning in Pittsburgh.  In September of the same year he enrolled the Saint Vladimir Orthodox Theological Academy in New York. His Professors were Alexander Schmemann and John Meyendorff, world-famous theologians. In September 1981 he began with a teacher’s career at the Krka Monastery Seminary. Two years later, in 1983, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church transferred him to the St. Cyrill and Methodius Seminary in Prizren, where he was teaching eleven years, until 1994. There he got better acquainted with  the then Bishop Pavle of Raska-Prizren, later Serbian Patriarch.