On Sunday November 20, 2016 Serbian Orthodox Church in Columbus Ohio celebrated its Church Sava – St. Stefan of Decani. His Grace Bishop Irinej was greeted and welcomed by the clergy and children carrying flowers as He arrived in front of the Church. The parish priest Fr. Isak and deacon Zeljko Jurisic along with many Altar Servers assisted His Grace serving the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. During the Divine Liturgy His Grace delivered a very inspiring homily. His homily was based on our Lord’s Gospel story of Lazarus and the rich man. His Grace said that God is like light and fire. He is like the light that illuminates all darkness from our lives and the fire that gives us warmth of the Fathers home. God is Love and He loves all man and will embrace all of us regardless if we are sinners or not. The difference is that those that their whole life wanted to live without God will feel that embrace as punishment. So, that light instead of the illumination will blind them and the fire instead of warmth will burn them. God does not condemn anyone to hell; every day of our life we make that choice whether we want to be with God or not.
With faith and hope in Resurrection, the Diocese of Backa informs the public that on 24 November 2016, a little after 10 p.m. Bishop Jeronim of Jegar, Vicar of the Bishop of Backa reposed in the Lord.
About time of the service of the funeral and requiem service the public will be notified later.
The Biography of Bishop Jeronim (Mocevic) of Jegar of blessed repose
He was born in Sarajevo on 26 September 1969; it was here that he finished elementary and secondary schools.
He was tonsured in the monastery of Holy Archangels in Kovilj on 21st November 1990, ordained deacon on 27 January 1991, promoted as archdeacon on 26 July 1999. Archdeacon Jerome graduated at the Orthodox Theological Faculty in Belgrade in 2002, and the next year he was ordained as hieromonk.
On November 23rd, 2016, the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, concluded his visit to Moscow, where he participated in the celebrations marking the 70th birthday of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.
During the visit to the capital of Russia His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, with his delegation consisting of Bishop Irinej of Backa, Bishop Antonije of Moravica, Archimandrite Isihije and protodeacon Vladimir Rumenic, participated in the conciliar service of the Divine Liturgy and a solemn jubilee act at the Cathedral church of Christ the Saviour, and attended the solemn concert in the Hall of the Church Councils as well. Also, a meeting with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill was held.
The corner-stone for the first Orthodox church in Botswana, a historical event for the Serbian people on the African continent, was laid on October 15th, 2016, exactly 15 days after the celebration of the great jubilee of the people of Botswana, the 50th anniversary of its independence.
Efforts of the Serbian community to do this one year before did not succeed, for technical reasons and problems concerning the legalization of the original plot. By the acquisition of a new plot in Phakalane, a wealthy district of Gaborone, the capital of Botswana, preparations for laying a corner-stone began.