Serbian Orthodox Church
His Beatitude Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje kyr kyr Jovan defended on October 31, 2011 a doctoral thesis on theme Unity of Church and the modern church problems: Comparative presentation of theology of Saint Maximus the Confessor, at the Faculty of Theology of the University in Thessaloniki. The seven-member committee of professors Chrysostomos Stamulis (as a mentor), Georgios Marcelos, Demetrios Tselengidis, Petros Vasiliadis, Yanis Kurembele, Stylianos Tsobanidis and Nicholai Mangioras, graded the work and the defense with an excellent mark.
As a permanent testimony to the end of his visit to the Church-school municipality of Saint Sava in Johannesburg in 2011t, Bishop Vasilije left a following note: With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch I visited the Church community of St. Sava in Johannesburg, after 30 years. Since as a Bishop of Australia and New Zealand and South Africa I was last time here in 1983. I thank warmly archimandrite Pantelejmon for a hospitality. I am glad to see my old and former eparchiots, as well as a huge progress and a great management of this Serbian community and the sanctity on the African soil.
Yesterday the feast day of St. Peter of Cetinje and the feast day of St. Apostle and Evangelist Luke was celebrated in Cetinje with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cetinje monastery which was served by Bishops of our local Church, holiday's spiritual academy and the slava's table of Christian love.
On the occasion of the feast day of Venerable mother Parascheva - Saint Petka, His Grace Bishop Pahomije of Vranje served the Divine Liturgy in the church of St. Petka in the village of Ribarci, the municipality of Bosilegrad, with the concelebration of priests Zoran Stojadinov from Surdulica and parish of Bosilegrad, priest Zoran Stojanov and Michael Stancev and deacon Dusan Dzonic from Surdulica.
On the occasion of the monastery of St. Petka in Izvor near Paracin, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was served by His Grace Bishop Ignjatije of Branicevo with the concelebration of hierarchal deputy protopresbyter-staurophor Mladen Simonovic, head of the Paracin church presbyter Branislav Djordjevic, as well as monks. Lots of people, choir of the church of Paracin ans sisterhood took part in the Liturgy after which Bishop Ignjatije with abbess mother Maria cut the slava cake.
On the Eve of the feast day of St. Peter of Cetinje the Wonderworker and Saint Luke the Apostle and Evangelist in the Cetinje monastery the evening holiday's service was held by His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, with the concelebration of priests and prayerful participation of Their Graces bishops Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Jovan of Lipljan and retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, as well as many believers.