Serbian Orthodox Church
The annual meeting for the St. Petersburg Deanery was held Thursday March 19 through Saturday March 20, 2015. This meeting consists of the parishes in the Deanery giving their reports for their church and Sunday school activities from the past year. This is an annual meeting that travels to different parishes every year.
On Friday, March 28th, the annual Washington-New York Deanery Christian Education meeting was held at St Sava Cathedral in Manhatten. Immediately following Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, participating educators and clergy gathered for a wonderful presentaiton by Rev Christopher Rocknage of St Nicholas in Steelton, PA.
In addition to clergy and educators from the Washington-New York Deanery, His Grace Bishop Dr Mitrophan and V Rev Rodney Torbic, the dicoesan coordinator for Christian education, were in attendance.
His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan came to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Elizabeth, New Jersey for the beautiful and inspiring Akathist to the Mother of God served on Friday evening during the Fifth Week of Great Lent.
On Wednesday, March 25th, 2015, His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana was in his first official visit to the newly elected President of the Republic of Croatia Mrs. Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic.
Metropolitan Porfirije congratulated Mrs. Grabar-Kitarovic for the election as Presiden of the Republic and wished her a blessing of God and the success at this responsible duty. They both expressed a readiness for all neccessary cooperation, in the service of the common good of all citizens of the Republic of Croatia. Future regular meetings were also agreed, while President Grabar-Kitarovic and Metropolitan Porfirije, in the spirit of the Christian values, democratic principles and competencies, will be of service and help to each other.
Upon the invitation of His Eminence Metropolitan Ignatius of Larissa and Tirnava His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa visited the city of Larissa in Greece on 21 and 22 March 2015.
His Grace Bishop Irinej was accompanied by Bishop Jeronim of Jegar, Archimandrite Jovan Radosavljevic and Aleksandar Bilic, Diocesan clerk. On Saturday, 21 March, after the Vesper service, Bishop Irinej held a lecture on the topic The Meaning of fasting, particularly during the Great Lent at the church of Saint Nicholas the Myrrh-Gusher.
On the occasion of the Greek National Day, the Liberation Day from Turkish yoke, and in remembrance of Greek liberation uprisings in1821, His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Vicar Bishop of the Serbian Patriarch, officiated Hierarchal Liturgy in the chapel of Saint Symeon the Myrrh-Gusher at the Serbian Patriarchate yesterday on the 4th Sunday of Lent.
The Holy Liturgy was attended by His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, Ambassador of Greece Mr. Konstantinos Ikonomidis, Ambassador of Cyprus Mrs. Nasfika Krusti, Greek military attaché Colonel Antonios Kostakis, representatives of the Greek-Serbian Friendship Association and members of the Greek community in Serbia.