In the late evening, on February 16, 2011, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch arrived in Chicago accompanied by protodeacon Prof. Dr Stanimir Spasovic. Besides His Grace Bishop Longin of Nova Grachanica and Midwestern America and local priesthood, His Holiness was welcomed also the representatives of the diplomatic cord of Serbia, led by Consul General Mr. Desko Nikotovic.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej served the Divine Liturgy in the church of Ruzica in Belgrade. His Holiness Patriarch was concelebrated by priests and deacons of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac. His Holiness, priests and all the gathered celebrated prayerfully the feast day of the Meeting of the Lord and then a memorial service for the Serbian soldiers who lost their lives in the defense of their Homeland.
On Sunday, January 30, 2010, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Divine Liturgy in a church of the Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Belgrade on the occasion of the feast day of Venerable Anthony the Great, with the concelebration of Belgrade priesthood, hieromonks from Hilandar and the head of the Representation protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasjhev. The Divine Liturgy was attended by His Excellency Alexander V. Konuzin, the ambassador of the Russian Federation in Belgrade.
According to the Cooperation Agreement of the Committee for religious education of the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovac and the Military Academy, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch hosted on Friday, on January 28, 2011, a reception at the Serbian Patriarchate for the officers and cadets of the Military Academy.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch exchanged Christmas greetings with all heads of Orthodox autocephaly and autonomous Churches, many archbishops, metropolitans and bishops. Serbian Patriarch Irinej has received lots of greetings from higher and secondary education institutions of the Serbian Orthodox Church, administrations of monasteries and many believers in the country and from the diaspora.
Not being able to individually thank everyone, he does in this way, with best wishes for every good of all the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church, by sending them a fatherly greeting and patriarchal blessing.