On 23-26 April 2013, Metropolitan Hilarion of Voloklamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, will visit Germany with the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia. The visit is timed to the celebrations marking the centenary of the foundation of the Memorial Church of St Alexis in Leipzig and to the year of Russia in Germany and the year of Germany in Russia.
On Friday and Saturday, April 19th & 20th of this year, Regular Annual Assembly of the Diocese of New Gracanica – Midwestern America was held at the New Gracanica Monastery, Third Lake, IL, USA. This significant session was preceded by a seminar of the priests of our Diocese.
Assembly was attended by priests, monks and laity from 46 parishes and monasteries. Aside from the regular issues concerning the spiritual, financial and material wellbeing of the Diocese, a considerable amount of time was spent on the topic of education and upbringing of the youth of our parochial Sunday schools. The Assembly opened with an inspired greeting of His Grace Bishop Longin, and it concluded with his meaningful message and invitation to all to keep working on spiritual development. The Assembly passed a Resolution in the form of a pastoral message.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served on 19 April 2013 the Divine Liturgy of Presanctified Gifts in the church of Saint Basil of Ostrog on Bezanijska Kosa. The occasion of this liturgical gathering was the confession and a brotherly meeting of the clergy of Diocesan Deanery of Belgrade-Posavina
On Saturday, 13 April 2013, the Seminary of Sts. Cyrill and Methodius in Nis hosted the meeting regarding the Sima Igumanov Endownment. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, chaired this meeting. His Holiness was welcomed at the Seminary by the host, His Grace Bishop Dr Jovan of Nis, along with the dean of the Seminary protopresbyter-stavrophor Milutin Timotijevic, as well as professors and pupils of this high school institution of our Church. His Grace Bishop Teodosije of Raska-Prizren also attended the meeting.
His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan scheduled the St. Petersburg Deanery Clergy Confession and Christian Education Deanery meeting for Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, St. Petersburg, Florida. The St. Petersburg Deanery includes ten parishes in the states of North Carolina(2), Georgia(1) and Florida(7). The Deanery consists of a populous and large geographic area.