Eparchial (Diocesan) News
In a letter of 4 January 2011, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand expressed his heartfelt prayers and extended the deepest sympathies of his clergy, monastics and faithful to His Grace Coptic Orthodox Bishop Suriel of Melbourne and Affiliated Regions and to Bishop Suriel's faithful flock which, in anticipation of the Nativity of Christ, is now in deep mourning.
Metropolitan Amfilohije, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija until recently, along with sisterhood of the monastery of Gracanica and clerks of the Diocese solemnly welcomed yesterday in the monastery of Gracanica newly-enthroned Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren.
On the occasion of twentieth anniversary of service of Bishop Irinej on the throne of Bishops of Backa, on Thursday, December 23, 2010, a celebration was organized at Studio M in Novi Sad. This significant jubilee was marked with a retrospective of last two decades of life of the Church of God in Backa, sermon of Bishop Porfirije of Jegar and nice program.
With the blessings of His Grace Maxim, Bishop of the Western American Serbian Diocese, V. Rev. Fr. Ilija Balach Dean of the Butte Deanery, conducted small church consecration service in Lakewood, Colorado. On the feast day of St. prophet Zachariah and Righteous Elizabeth (parents of St. John The Baptist) the first Serbian Orthodox church in Colorado, dedicated to St. John the Baptist, was opened.
After celebrating the Feast of the Entrance of the Mother of God on December 4, 2010, at the Stavropigial Monastery of the Nativity of the Mother of God in New Carlisle, Indiana, His Grace Bishop Longin traveled to Galveston, Texas, to take part in the ground-breaking of the new parish hall. The old hall, as well as many homes of the Parishioners of the Galveston Parish dedicated to Sts. Constantine and Helen, was destroyed by Hurricane Ike in September of 2008. After two years, more land has been purchased and the building of a new hall is planned.