His Grace Bishop Ignjatije of Branicevo consecrated the church and officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops: Irinej of Backa, Jovan of Sumadija, Justin of Timok, Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and David of Krusevac.
Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, Zeljka Cvijanovic and Finance Minister Zoran Tegeltija were in Philadelphia on the fifth day of their US visit. They came to the city upon invitation from the “Tesla Science Foundation” and Foundation President, Nikola Loncar. Namely, this science foundation will mark two centuries since the arrival of the first Serb to America, which occurred in the city of Philadelphia.
At a banquet held in honor of Consul General Desko Nikitovic, at New Gracanica Monastery, Chicago, His Grace Bishop Longin, presented Nikitovic with the medal of the Order of Czar Konstantin, which was conferred by Serbian Patriarch Irinej
On Saturday, October 12, 2013, His Grace Bishop Longin, hosted a banquet at New Gracanica Monastery in honor of Desko Nikitovic, who held the position of the Consul General of Serbia in Chicago, from March 1, 2003 to September 28, 2013. Over 300 guests attended the event, including representatives from every national organization in the Serbian Diaspora in the US, distinguished businessmen, doctors, lawyers, and educators. Also attending was a special guest, Vuk Nastic, father of the two young children from California who were separated from their parents for 8 months and who were reunited to their family only after the direct intervention of Consul General Nikitovic.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, with the concelebration of Bishop Porfirije of Jegar, Bishop in charge of the religious service in the Army, and Bishop Jovan of Lipljan, and in the presence of the chief of Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces General Ljubisa Dikovic, performed the great consecration of the liturgical area at the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces.
On the feast day of Saint Stefan and Saint Jelena Stiljanovic, on 17 October 2013 His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch with the concelebration of Bishop Porfirije of Jegar and Bishop Jovan of Lipljan; protopresbyter-stavrophor Sava Jovic, Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops; protopresbyter-stavrophor Stojadin Pavlovic, Director of the Administrative Office of the Patriarchate; protopresbyter-stavrophor Radivoj Panic, hieromonk Dositej, brother of the Hilandar Monastery; protodeacon Stevica Rapajic and deacon Vladimir Rumenic, consecrated the side chapel at the General Staff of the Serbian Armed Forces and the Human Resources Department at Banjica.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Patriarchate of Pec, the ancient seat of the Serbian Patriarchs, on the day of the feast day of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos. His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren concelebrated to His Holiness.
In his address to the people His Holiness especially pointed out the significance of the Patriarchate of Pec for the Serbian people, not just through history but during whole time. Its significance is that it is a ancient spiritual centre, but also the centre from where our Patriarch used to send its word to the Serbian people. On this occasion Serbian Patriarch empasized that the Serbian people would survive in the Patriarchate of Pec, the ancient capital, not only of Patriarchs but also of the whole Serbian people - no matter who guard the monastery or not.