Serbian Orthodox Church
His Holiness Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovac and Serbian Patriarch Irinej arrived in Geneva on 22 January 2016, where he will participate in the Synaxis of the Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches at the Orthodox Centre of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in the Geneva suburb of Chambesy from 22-28 January 2016.
His Holiness is accompanied, as members of delegation of the Serbian Church, by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa. The delegation is followed by presbyter Vladimir Vranic, Chief Secretary of the Office of His Holiness the Patriarch.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received in separate meetings Mr. Majid Fahim Pour, the ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Mr. Michael Kirby, the ambassador of the United States of America, at the Serbian Patriarchate on 21 January 2016.
The Iranian ambassador was accompanied by the first adviser Mr. Nasser Ehsani Farid and interpreter Mr. Mohammad-Reza Mottaghi. The U.S. ambassador was accompanied by political secretary Mr. Kevin Furey and Mrs. Milenka Ciric, interpreter.
On the occasion of the centenary of the Battle of Mojkovac (1916-2015), which had been previously marked by two magnificent spiritual academies in Mojkovac and Belgrade, the memorial rite (panichida) was served on the grave of the famous General Janko Vukotic at the New cemetery in Belgrade on 18 January.
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic served the memorial rite.
On Wednesday, January 20th, 2015 His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa celebrated his Patron Saint-day by officiating the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Novi Sad.
His Grace was concelebrated by Their Graces Bishops Pahomije of Vranje, David of Krusevac, Andrej of Austria-Switzerland and Jeronim of Jegar, as well as Archimandrites Prokopije Tadzar, Isihije Rogic, hieromonk Jelisej Troicki Vyjovic, protopresbyters-staurophors Dusan Kolundzic and Vladimir Vukasinovic, brotherhood of the Cathedral church and deacons of Novi Sad. Retired Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla attended the Holy Liturgy.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Belgrade on the Feast of the Cross, 18 January 2016.
The Liturgy was attended by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic. The clergy of the Cathedral church concelebrated to the Patriarch. The First Belgrade's Singing Society sang responses.
With the Archpastoral Blessings and the presence of His Grace Bishop Dr.Mitrophan, the Seventh Annual Diocesan Winter Retreat of the Eastern American Diocese was held December 28-30, 2015. The retreat was held at St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church, Akron, Ohio.