Serbian Orthodox Church

Closer academic relationships between St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and the Theological Faculty of the University

Discussions on closer academic relationships between St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and the Theological Faculty of the University of Belgrade, Serbia, took place in Crestwood, New York, on June 2nd and 3rd, 2009. Recognizing mutual academic and ecclesial benefits, the representatives of two institutions (Professor Fr. Vladan Perisic and Bishop Maxim Vasiljevic from Belgrade and Fr. John Behr, Fr. Chad Hatfield and Prof. John Barnett from St. Vladimir's) discussed formal relationship guidelines and conditions for a joint enterprise on master level.

The Decision of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church on redistribution of dioceses

The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, on its session on May 21, 2009, by the number ABno, 49/ord. 147, brought this decision:

Upon the clause 16 of the Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and with the established suggestion of the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America and two members of the Holy Assembly of Bishops (His Grace Bishop Hrizostom of Zhicha and His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka), to execute the redistribution of existing dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church: Midwestern American, Eastern American, Western American and Canadian of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the USA and Canada; and Dioceses for America and Canada of the Metropolitanate of New Gracanica, with certain renaming of their titles and moving of their seats, in order to the canonic territory of the Serbian Orthodox Church on the territory of the North and South America now is consisting of:

First Annual Symposium “Serbian Theology Today” is held

On Friday and Saturday, on May 29 and 30, 2009 on the the Faculty of the Orthodox Theology was held the First Annual Symposium " Serbian Theology Today" organized by a newly established Institute for theological research which works by the Faculty. In a two-day work of the symposium were present dean of the Faculty, Prof. Dr Irinej Bulovic, Bishop of Bachka, minister of Faith and prodean for science, Prof. Dr Bogoljub Shijakovic, retired professors of the faculty Prof. Dr. Amfilohije Radovic, Metropolitan of Zahumlje and the Littoral, and Prof. Dr Atanasije Jevtic, retired Bishop of Zahumlje and Hercegovina, professors of the faculty, professors, graduates and postgraduates from many faculties in our country and from abroad and assistants in tuition at the Faculty of the Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade.

Symposium: Serbian Theology Today – The Faculty of the Orthodox Theology, in Belgrade, May 29-30 2009

His Grace Bishop Dr Irinej of Bachka, a dean of the Faculty of the Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade has opened today at this highest church educational institution the First Annual Symposium on the theme Serbian Theology Today. On a plenary session His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishop Ignjatije of Branichevo and retired Bishop Atanasije of Zahumlje and Hercegovina addressed the gathered.

The scientific gathering except eminent guests from Serbia and abroad also was attended by Professor Dr. Bogoljub Shijakovic, minister of Faith in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, His Grace Bishop Jovan of Dioclea as well as professors and students of the Faculty of the Orthodox Theology, the Academy of the SOC for arts and conservation and other faculties of the University of Belgrade.

Beginning of Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church

After the Holy Liturgy, at 9 in the morning at the Patriarchate Chapel of St Simeon the Myrrh-gusher His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, in the presence of all Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, has served a rite of the invocation of the Holy Spirit, which has been an opening of the formal session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Formal session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the SOC has began with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy

His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral has served today the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church in Belgrade with the concelebration of brothers Bishops: Irinej of Nish, Lukijan of Osijek and Baranja, Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, Teodosije of Lipljan, twenty two protopresbyters and presbyters, five deacons, and in presence of great number of hierarchs gathered at the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church.