Serbian Orthodox Church
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, and with the organization of the Steering Committee of the Patriarchate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Saint Sava Special Hospital for Cerebrovascular Diseases, andunder the auspices of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia, a humanitarian gathering in the crypt of the Memorial Cathedral of Saint Sava was held on 10 December 2015.
By the number of strokes Serbia is among the leading countries of the world. Nowadays in the world in every twenty minutes one stroke happens, and in every sixty minutes someone dies. The Saint Sava Hospital provides care for about 80 percents of all strokes that occur in a wider territory of Belgrade. In addition to it, this hospital is specialized for treatment of the stroke; every minute counts, and the very first three hours since the stroke have been most important for a patient.
His Eminence Amfilohije, Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, as the administrator of the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America of the Serbian Patriarchate, visited the Argentinian province of Chaco from 27 until 30 November 2015.
The Metropolitan was accompanied by Venerable Archimandrite Kirilo (Bojovic), Bishop\s deputy of His Eminence; protodeacon Nikola Radis from Buenos Aires and protodeacon Igor Balaban. They were welcomed by the parish priest of the church of Saint Nicholas in Machagai Branko Stanisic and few Orthodox believers at the airport in Resistencia, on Friday, 27 November 2015.
Accompanied by Kiril Bojovic, Bishop’s deputy, presbyter Stefan Jovanovic and Mr. Sebastian Gvozdenovic, Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral visited General Madriaga in late afternoon, on 26 November 2015.
The Metropolitan was welcomed by the faithful from this town, although they have not had their church so-far. However, they have the National house of the Yugoslav Society “Njegos”, where the congregation gather and sometimes attend the liturgies, performed by local parish priest Stefan Jovanovic. This vesper service was celebrated at this place as well. Metropolitan Amfilohije held a sermon speaking about the significance of the church in life of each believing Christian, and called upon the present to personally engage in mission of erecting an Orthodox church in General Madriaga. After the dinner the Metropolitan returned to Buenos Aires.
The Central Church Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America held its annual meeting on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago and continued the following day with the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, on the feast of St. Mardarije of Libertyville and America and Canada.
This was the first Divine Liturgy in which the first Bishop of America and Canada, Mardarije, was commemorated after being added to the list of Saints at the regular meeting of the Holy Assembly of Bishops held in May.
On the occasion of the monastery slava, Serbian Patriarch Irinej, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Dechani Monastery on the feast-day of Holy King Stephen of Dechani, on 24 November 2015.
The Patriarch was concelebrated by Bishops: Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Ilarion of Timoj and Sergije of Frankfurt and All Germany, along with many priests and monks from many dioceses of our local Church. There were 800 believers who came from all parts of Serbia and from Montenegro to attend the Liturgy. Patriarch Irinej ordained teacher of the Prizren Seminary, Mr. Dusan Djakovic, a deacon, whereas he awarded Orthodox priest Nektarios Serphes from USA with the order of Saint Sava, since Fr. Nektarios is a great friend of the Serbian people who had collected aid for the impoverished families on Kosovo and Metohija for years.
Protopresbyter-staurophor Miladin Garic reposed peacefully last night about 1 AM, November 24.
Fr Miladin passed away on the day of St Stefan Decanski.
His wishes were to have a funeral service in the Church of the Holy Assumption and final burial in Jackson at St. Sava beside his wife Protonica Nina.
No funeral plans yet. They will be posted as soon as they are available.
My the Holy Spirit equip him with His breath!