His Holiness Patriarch Irinej (Gavrilovic) of Serbia was born in the village of Vidova, near Cacak in 1930 by his father Zdravko and mother Milijana. When he was baptized he was named Miroslav. He finished the elementary school in his village, and then in Cacak he completed the high school. After the end of the high school he enrolled and completed a seminary in Prizren, and then he finished the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade. Upon graduation, he went into the army. Following his return from the army he was soon appointed a professor of the Prizren seminary. Before taking the office of the professor in October 1959, at the Rakovica monastery he was tonsured by His Holiness Patriarch German, gaining the monastic name of Irinej.
Today's holiday of Saints Julian and Basilissa, Venerable George Chosebite and St. Gregory of Ohrid was formally celebrated with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy which was served His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral , Locum tenens of the Patriarchate throne, at the Patriarchate chapel of St. Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher.
On the feast day of the Synaxis of the St. John, the Prophet, the Forerunner and the Baptist at the Church of St. Greatmartyr George in Novi Sad, His Grace Irinej of Bachka served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje and Their Graces Bishops Pahomije of Vranje and Porfirije of Jegar.
On the feast of Epiphany, January 19, 2010 His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje and Niksic served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with priests at the Djurdjevi Stupovi monastery near Berane. During the service a great number of the faithful received the Sacrament, and afterwards there was the sanctifying of Epiphany water.
Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik and Tuzla served on the feast day of Sts. martyrs Theopemptus and Theona - Feast of Holy Cross, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of St. Greatmartyr Kyriaki in Brcko.
His Grace served with the concelebration of protopresbyter-staurophor Branko Djuric, protopresbyter Miodrag Tosic, protodeacon Slavoljub Milosevic and deacon Velibor Simic.
The feast day of Sinaxis of Saint John the Baptist - St. John's Day was formally celebrated with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral Church in Belgrade. His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Locum tenens of the Patriarchate throne, served the Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of seven priests and five deacons.