His Beatitude Neophyte, Patriarch of Bulgaria, is currently paying an official visit to Moscow, upon the invitation of the Russian Patriarch Kirill and of professor Valery Arkadyevich Alekseyev, president of the International Foundation for the Unity of the Orthodox Peoples, according to the official website of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
The purpose of this five-days visit (from 7 to 13 March 2016) is the giving out of the 2015 annual award offered by the International Foundation for the Unity of the Orthodox Peoples to Patriarch Neophyte for “his contribution to the unity of Orthodox peoples and the promotion of Christian moral values in society”.
On Meatfare Sunday, on 6 March 2016, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, consecrated the church of Holy Trinity in Brunswick East with the concelebration of His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops Longin and Irinej.
The solemn service was attended by a great number of pious parishioners who had given immeasurable contribution to the renovation and decoration of this church, that had been purchased in the 1970s from the Anglican Church. At the end of the Divine Liturgy, His Holiness handed in high medals of the Serbian Orthodox Church and gramatas (gratitude awards) to the most deserving and most committed parishioners, who by their donations and personal endeavors had given an example how to serve their neighbors and participate in liturgical life of the Church.
Parishioners of the Serbian Saint George’s in Saint Albans gathered 10.000 Australian dollars for the Church kitchen in Belgrade and for the youth on Kosovo and Metohija. - Patriarchal visit to the monastery of Saint Sava in Elaine as well as to a Greek monastery and Serbian and Russian churches in Geelong. - Local celebration of Venerable Elder Nikanor of Chilandar.
His Holiness Irinej was solemnly welcomed at the airport in Melbourn on 1 March 2016, where he was greeted by Bishop Irinej of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand in the presence of the clergy and the faithful, as well by high representatives of other Local Churches and members of the diplomatic corps of our country in Melbourn.
The Twenty-Seventh Annual Deanery Meeting on Christian Education was scheduled by His Grace Bishop Dr. MTIROPHAN to be held at the St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on February 20, 2016.
On Sunday Fen 28, 2016 the St. Sava Church in North Port, FL hosted their annual Serbian Festival. The church is not complete yet but the parishoners of St. Sava are working hard towards that goal, and their annual Festival plays an important role in that endeavor. Good music, food, and tasty kolace (Serbian cookies) were prepared for their guests. This was a two day event featuring Srpski Biser on Saturday from St.Petersburg Florida, dancing Kolos to the delight of the audience.