Serbian Orthodox Church
On 29 August 2015 there was a solemn consecration of the church of Venerable Mother Parascheva – Saint Petka in Rockbank after 25 years of existence of this church community.
This solemn event prayerfully commenced on Friday, 28 August 2015, with the Vesper service attended by Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand with priests and deacons from the Deanery of Melbourn. The consecration of the church was performed next day at 9 a.m., followed by the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy. Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand officiated the Liturgy with the concelebration of Bishop Michael of the Romanian Orthodox Church and Bishop George of the Russian Orthodox Church. The clergy of the Serbian, Russian and Romanian Orthodox Churches concelebrated .
The 6th annual Metropolitinate Day celebration is taking place in on the banks of the Yarra River right in the heart of Melbourne this year, continuing on the tradition which began in Adelaide. Melbourne is home to about 40,000 people of Serbian Origin. Representatives from all Australian states and New Zealand will attend the function.
The exhibition is curated by Bojan Pajic and Richard Cooke who have collaborated in researching the experience of their relatives in the Great War. Richard's grandmother, Ethel Gillingham, from Geelong, Victoria, served with the British Red Cross in Serbia in 1915-16, whilst Bojan's grandfather, Lazar Stefanovic, and great uncle, Dragomir Profirovic, served in the Serbian Army throughout the war.
Exactly five years ago, on the eve of the Lord's great Feast of the Holy Transfiguration in 2010 the great man and respected hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Christopher Kovacevic reposed in the Lord. He spent his last days at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville. He lived in this monastery for over twenty years. He passed away in his room, on his bed, surrounded by his children and grandchildren.
In late afternoon hours on 18 August 2015, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, was solemnly welcomed at the Krka Monastery of Holy Archangel Michael.
After the solemn feast day’s Vesper service in the monastery church in prayerful presence of bishops, priests, monks and faithful people of Dalmatia, His Holiness Irinej delivered san opening address at the solemn academy on the occasion of four centuries since the founding of the Seminary of Holy Three Hierarchs.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, payed a canonical archpastoral visitation to the Diocese of Dalmatia, Croatia, starting from 18 August 2015. The Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church accompanied by many bishops was welcomed at the entrance of the city of Zadar by the head of the Orthodox Church in Dalmatia, His Grace Fotije.
His Holiness was accompanied by His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana and Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Irinej of Backa, Jovan of Sumadija, Pahomije of Vranje, Sergije of Frankfurt and All Germany, Marko of Bregalnica, Vicar Jeronim of Jegar and Bishop emeritus Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina.