With the blessings of His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America Clergy Confession for the Cleveland, Washington and Pittsburgh deaneries was held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. Bishop Mitrophan was unable to attend as he had travelled to Zagreb to attend the funeral of His Eminence Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb-Ljubljana, of blessed memory.
Officiating at the Presanctified Liturgy was His Grace Bishop Sava, retired Bishop of Slavonia. Concelebrating with the bishop were: Archimandrite Seraphim (Alavanja), Hieromonk Fr. Platon (Jovic), V. Rev. Stavrophor Dragoljub Malich, V. Rev. Stavrophor Rodney Torbic, V. Rev. Stavrophor Aleksandar Vlajkovic, V. Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic and Rev. Christopher Rocknage.
Source: Western American Diocese
The same day, Serbian Patriarch also met with H.E. Mr. Gordan Markovic, Ambassador of the Republic of Croatia, who expressed his condonelences to His Holiness on the occasion of passing away of Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb-Ljubljana.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch received His Excellency Mr. Masafumi Kuroki, Ambassador of Japan and Mr. Wataru Yokohama, Adviser, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade yesterday, on 9 April 2014.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej officiated the Liturgy for the departed and the funeral service for Metropolitan Jovan of Zagreb-Ljubljana at the Cathedral church of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Zagreb
According to his last wish, Metropolitan Jovan was buried in the crypt of the Cathedral church. In the presence of priesthood, monks and crowds of the faithful, His Holiness was concelebrated by Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Fotije of Dalmatia – administrator of the vacant Diocese of Zagreb-Ljubljana, Atanasije of Bihac-Petrovac, Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac, as well as Archimandrites Gavrilo from Lepavina Monastery and Mihajlo from Gomirje Monastery, and other priests. The Liturgy was also attended by retired Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla and Vicar Bishop Porfirije of Jegar, President of the Republic of Croatia Mr. Ivo Josipovic, President of the Assembly (Sabor) of the Republic of Croatia Mr. Josip Leko, envoy of the President of Serbia Dr. Mileta Radojevic, envoy of the Croatian Prime Minister Mr. Mirando Mrsic, Cardinal Josip Bozanic with other Church dignitaries, Apostolic Nuncio in Croatia Mr. Alessandro D’Errico with entourage, Secretary General of the Croatian Bishops’ Conference Mons. Enzo Rodinis, Mayor of the City of Zagreb Mr. Milan Bandic with a delegation, Mevludi ef. Arslani from the Islamic Community, Director of the Commission for relations with the religious communities Mr. Sime Jercic, representatives of the religious communities in Zagreb and Croatia, president of the Serbian National Council Mr. Milorad Pupovac, numerous eminent citizens and friends of Metropolitan Jovan. At the Cathedral church there was present Metropolitan’s younger brother Milivoj with his wife. With a short delay, His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America arrived as well.