The Fourth St. Petersburg Christian Education Deanery Meeting of the Eastern American Diocese was scheduled by His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN at the Sts. Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox Church of Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, March 19, 2011. Previous meetings were in Jacksonville, Orlando and St. Petersburg, Florida. This meeting was scheduled in conjunction with Clergy Confession. Parishes in the Deanery are many miles apart. Extensive traveling is necessary for the participants.
In the presence of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served today in the Patriarchal chapel of St. Simeon the Myrrh-streaming in Belgrade, thanksgiving on the occasion of the Greek national holiday - the Liberation day from Turkish slavery and the memory of the liberation uprisings from 1821. The thanksgiving was attended by His Excellency Dimostenes Stoidis, Ambassador of Greece, and representatives of the association of the Serbian-Greek friendship and members of the Greek community in Serbia.
Today, on March 24th 2011, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received the ministry of faith and diaspora Mr. Srdjan Sreckovic and state secretary Prof. Dr. Bogoljub Sijakovic. This is the first visit to His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch since the establishing the new Ministry by merging two departments.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served today in St. Marko's church in Belgrade memorial service of innocently suffered and defenders of the Homeland during 1999 NATO bombing
Remembering all the suffered and fallen heroes in the defence of the Homeland, Patriarch Irinej said in his sermon: - We pray the Lord that his suffering and innocent bloodshed never happen again in the world.
Besides the pious people of the Serbian capital, the memorial service was attended by Alexander Konuzin, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Belgrade.