His Eminence Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije, escorted by His Grace Bishop Kiril of Dioclea, arrived in Chicago on 7 December 2016.
The dignitaries were welcomed by His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America at the airport. The next day, on 8 December 2016, Metropolitan Amfilohije and Bishop Kirilo, after a short visit to the monastery of New Gracanica, participated in the meeting of the Council of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church for North and South Africa in the monastery of Saint Sava in Libertyville.
On Saturday evening, December 3, 2016 His Grace Bishop Irinej arrived in California to participate in the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the election and consecration of His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles (Ecumenical Patriarchate) and Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute at the Graduate Theological Union as a Hierarch.
The hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Vicar Bishop Kiril of Dioclea have been in Latin America since 23 November 2016. - Reception by the Mayor of Resistencia, province Chaco, in Argentina, Mr. Jorge Kapitanich.
During this meeting a contract was signed concerning the grant of a plot for erection of the centre of the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America.
On Sunday, December 4, 2016, at the Cathedral of Saint Steven in Alhambra, California, the Kolo Srpskih Sestara of the Western American Diocese celebrated their Krsna Slava, the Feast of the Entrance into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos.
In the presence of many of our parishioners, His Grace co-celebrated the Hierarchal Holy Liturgy with our Fr. Vasilije Tomic, Fr. Milutin Veljko of St. Sava’s parish in Toronto, and with the newly arrived Fr. Vladimir Vranic of the Cathedral Church of St. Archangel Michael in Belgrade.