Serbian Orthodox Church
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. Gela Valiyev, Director of the international company Roslav at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 12 March 2014. Mr. Valiyev was accompanied by Mr. Zahariy Valiyev, priest Aleksandar Obradovic, dean of the church of Sts. Cyrril and Methodius in Ljubljana, as well as f. Dejan Mandic, parish priest of Ljubljana.
The representatives of the company Roslav, already known for their engagement in aiding the Serbian Orthodox Church in Slovenia, on this occasion asked him for a blessing for a further engagement of their company in this region. They also asked His Holiness to bless their intention to help, within their capabilities, the restoration of the Patriarchal residence in Belgrade.
The Sunday of Orthodoxy also this year was solemnly marked in Sidney with Inter-Orthodox concelebration of the Sunday vesper service at the Greek church of Saint Nicholas in Marrickville.
His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos of Australia (Ecumenical Patriarchate) officiated, while Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand (Serbian Orthodox Church) and Vicar Bishop Seraphim of Apolonia (Ecumenical Patriarchate) and lots of priests of the Ecumenical, Serbian and Antiochian Patriarchate concelebrated to the Archbishop. The church of Saint Nicholas in Marrickville, one of the greatest churches in Sidney, was filled with faithful people of different nations and languages, but of the common faith.
Source: Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand
V. Rev. Rade Wimbish was born on December 2, 1955, in Los Angeles, California USA. He finished elementary and high school in Montebello, Los Angeles County, where he lived. He then completed the first level of education at Rio Hondo College, after which he enrolled at the Theological Faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, where he graduated in 1985. After that, he returned to the Diocese of Western America, where he served as a deacon at the Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California, and worked as the Diocesan Secretary. He was elevated to the Royal Priesthood in 1986, and was appointed to the parish of St. Sava in Cupertino, California, and later to the newly established parish of the Holy Virgin in Santa Clara, California, until the year 2005, when he retired due to health problems. Upon retirement he returned to Serbia and lived in Kragujevac until his passing on March 9, 2014. May his memory be eternal.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej had an honour to officiate today at the morning service before mutual service of the Divine Liturgy of the Primates of Local Orthodox Churches.
The Conciliar Holy Liturgy commenced at 10 a.m., at the Cathedral Church of Saint George the Great martyr at the Phanar. Immediately after the Holy Gospel, chief secretary of the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, Archimandrite Bartholomew Samaras, read the Message of the Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches, which was solemnly signed yesterday after the end of the Meeting.
The first day of the Meeting of the primates of the Canonical Local Orthodox Churches, presided by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has been concluded.
Session are held in the church of Saint George - the Cathedral Church of the Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej has arrived to Istanbul (Constantinople) where the synaxis of Primates of Orthodox Churches begins today.
His Holiness, accompanied by Bishop Irinej of Backa, arrived to Istanbul yesterday. Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro-Littoral arrived with protopresbyter Gajo Gajic two days earlier, due to his participation in the Preparatory Commission of this synaxis.