Bishop Jovan Puric was born on May 24/June 6 1965 in Mijace, near Valjevo, by father Radosav and mother Zora, at the baptism got the name Mladen. Since his childhood his pious parents thought him about piety and the church life, and while he was growing up within the monastery of Pustinje and Celije near Valjevo, he was received and accepted a spirit of ardor for the Lord from avva Justin and other clergymen who then with live word and with God-pleasing life influenced souls that longed for God in a hard time for the Church, and especially for the Shepherds. On the beginning of the eighties of XX century the Providence of God sent him to the spiritual father Lazar (Adzic), who would later succeed to the throne of Heugomens of Ostrog. He visited the Holy Land, Mount Athos and Greece.
Constantine's city - Nis got today a new Bishop. At the Divine Liturgy which was served by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch Bishop Dr Jovan (Puric) was enthroned. Serbian Patriarch was concelebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Their Graces Bishops: Lavrentije of Sabac, Pahomije of Vranje, retired Atanasije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Jovan of Sumadija, Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Marko of Bitolj, Milutin of Valjevo, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, David of Krusevac, Vicar Bishops: Porfirije of Jegar and Antonije of Moravica. The Divine Liturgy was attended by Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Hrizostom of Zica, Irinej of Backa, Justin of Vranje and Ignatije of Branicevo, representatives of the city authorities of Nis and the Republic of Serbia, and faithful people from Diocese of Nis and all Dioceses in Serbia, Montenegro and the Republic of Srpska.
His Eminence Amfilohije Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral on the feast day of St. Mary Magdalene, with priest and faithful people served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in Lower monastery of Ostrog.
His Eminence Metropolitan was concelebrated by newly-elected Bishop of Nis (and former Vicar Bishop of Dioclea and heugomen of Ostrog) Dr Jovan Puric, heugomen of Cetinje monastery Metodije Ostojic, and priests of Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral.
With the blessing of His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, His Grace Vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served today a memoral service for the suffered 16 years ago in the croatian military operation Storm. The memorial service in Belgrade's church of St. Mark was prayerfully attended by President of Serbia Mr. Boris Tadic, representatives of the Serbian Government, members of families of the suffered as well as more than hundred displaced from their centuries-old homes.
Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren called today on the barricades in Rudar the Serbian people to patience, peace and dignity, stating that it was a weapon against which the strongest powers cannot do anything.
"We must save dignity, patience and peace, because against that weapon the strongest powers cannot do anything. It is the weapon of the church, and people is part of the church", the Bishop said before several hundreds of Serbs who also today gathered at the barricades in a town of Rudare. The Bishop estimated that " the strongest weapon of the Serbian people is faith and hope that all will be solved in the best day.