His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, arrived in Chicago on Saturday, 7 September 2013. The same day the Patriarch visited the church of Saint George in Rasina accompanied by Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America, presbyter Vladimir Vranic and deacon Nikolaj Kostur.
Following the evening service Patriarch Irinej blessed crosses in front of the church. On this joyful occasion, the congregation prepared an agape feast. Presbyter Petar Sailovic and Bishop Longin delivered welcome speeches. His Holiness delivered a sermon emphasizing the significance of the unity of our Church and our people.
After the meeting with Serbian diplomats at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the visit to Saint Sava church in New York, His Holiness left for Chicago
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, attended evening service at the church of Saint Sava in New York on 5 September 2013. Bishop Mitrophan of East America held a welcome speech, and His Holiness responded. Following the speeches, the faithful approached the Patriarch asking for a blessing. On the same day the Patriarch met with Serbian diplomats at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Serbia to the United Nations.
On the feast day of Holy martyr Agathonicus and Holy Martyr Gorazd of Czech Lands, in the church of Bishop Jovan of Ulpiana celebrated Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in the church of Holy Resurrection in Belgrade; thirteen priests and four deacons concelebrated, in the presence of Rt. Revd. Joanikije, Bishop of Budimlje-Niksic.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac recieved Mrs. Stanislava Pak, Advisor to the President of Republic Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate on 5 September 2013.
Bishop Atanasije informed Mrs. Pak about problems and circumstances in which our people lives in the territory of the Diocese of Bihac-Petrovac, Bosnia and Hercegovina. Mrs. Pak promised that she would do her best to focus attention of the public to that Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
At the initiative of the President of the General Assembly of the United Nations Mr. Vuk Jeremic today at the seat of this world organization in New York "High Level Forum on the Culture of Peace" was held, at which one of participants was Serbian Patriarch Irinej.
This one-day event was a opportunity for UN member states, political and religious leaders, as well as government organizations to consider how one could improve tolerance, culture of dialogue and mutual respect in international community. Besides Serbian Patriarch, the president of the Islamic Society of North America Sayyid Syeed, as well as rabi Eli Abadi also addressed the meeting.
- Патријарх српски г. Иринеј: Култура мира и наша одговорност
- The Patriarch of Serbia Irinej: The Culture of Peace and Our Responsibility
- Патриарх Сербский Ириней: Культура мира и наша ответственность