New official website (www.stsavamonastery.org) for Saint Sava Monastery in Libertyville
As part of the preparations of the Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwestern America for the upcoming celebration of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville this July 14 – 16, 2017, the Diocese is pleased to announce that a new, official website (www.stsavamonastery.org) for Saint Sava Monastery in Libertyville has been launched today. The monastery which was founded and built by Saint Mardarije and houses his holy relics will be the main venue of the upcoming celebration.
Despite snow storms and chaotic travel, clergy and representatives from parishes and their church-school congregations across the Eastern American Diocese came together in Boston February 10-11, 2017 for their first Diocesan Assembly under their recently-enthroned hierarch, Bishop Irinej.
The Assembly was graciously hosted by Cathedral Dean, Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Aleksandar Vlajkovic and the faithful of St. Sava Cathedral in Cambridge. St. Sava's was recently elevated to the dignity of a cathedral by His Grace Bishop Irinej.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated the restored refectory of the monastery of the Transfiguration of the Lord at Milton, Canada
On the Sunday of the 12the of February 2017, on the feast-day of Holy Three Hierarchs, the patron day of the side-chapel of the Bishop’s residence in the Milton Monastery, Ontario, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Longin of New Gracanica, Irinej of Eastern America and Mitrophan of Canada, and of many priests of the Diocese of Canada in the church of the Transfiguration of the Lord.
Clergy and faithful filled the St. George Serbian Church in San Diego, the host church of the 3rd Annual Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute, for the morning Orthos service on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the feast day of the Holy Martyr Tryhon of Phrygia. Orthros was served by Hieromonk Fr. Platon (Jovic), a visiting monk from the Diocese of Banja Luka.
His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese welcomed all clergy and laity, many of whom were attending from other dioceses. He welcomed His Grace Bishop Irinej of the Eastern American Diocese who also greeted everyone at the beginning of this multi-day event. V. Rev. DobrivojeMilunovic, president of the Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church, greeted the Instittue on behalf of the Brotherhood. Finally, Fr. Damascene introduced this year's speaker Rev. Fr. Vasileios Thermos, MD, PhD.rer
On Wednesday, 15 February 2017, on the feast-day of the Meeting of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in the Temple, His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the Cathedral church of Greatmartyr St. George in Novi Sad.
His Eminence was concelebrated by Bishop Irinej of Novi Sad and Backa and Bishop Sergije of Frankfurt and All Germany, archimandrite Dionisios Kalambokas, protopresbyter-staurophors: Milivoje Mijatov, diocesan dean of Novi Sad; Milos Vesin, parish priest of South Chicago and Lensing; and DusanKolundzic; protopresbyters: ZeljkoTesic, principal of the church of Sts. Cosma and Damian at Futog; Zeljko Latinovic, head of the Holy Dormition church in Novi Sad; protopresbyter Branislav Mrkic, diocesan dean of Novi Sad the Second; presbyter Tomislav Zivkovic, parish priest at Parage; presbyter Aleksandar Ignjatov, parish priest of Saint Sava church in Novi Sad, presbyter Leo Malesevic, parish priest of Kac; priests of the Cathedral church and deacons of Novi Sad.