The fourth and final day of the Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Institute began with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy.
Officiating at the liturgy was His Grace Bishop Maxim with the concelebration of diocesan clergy along with visiting clergy from the Eastern, Midwestern and Canadian dioceses.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received His Eminence Archbishop Luciano Suriani, the Apostolic Nuncio to Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate on 25 February 2016. His Excellency made his first visit to Serbian Patriarch since his appointment to the diplomatic service in Serbia.
His Eminence was accompanied by Monsignor Janusz Blachowiak, First Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See and father Aleksandar Ninkovic, local secretary at the Apostolic Nunciature. The audience was attended by Rev. Vladimir Vranic, chief secretary of the Office of the Serbian Patriarch, and deacon Aleksandar Sekulic, assistant secretary in the Office of the Serbian Patriarch.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, met yesterday with Admiral EvangelosApostolakis, Chief of the General Staff of the Nacional Defense of the Republic of Greece at the Serbian Patriarchate.
Admiral Apostolakis was accompanied by Commodore EvtimiosMikros and Major Nikolaos Gonis, who came to the Patriarchate along with ambassador of the Republic of Greece, Mr. Konstantinos Ikonomidis and representatives of the Serbian Armed Forces Brigadier General Jelisije Radivojevic, Commander of the military ship Goran Arsic and Lieutenant Colonel Sasa Arsovic. The audience was attended by Rev.Vladimir Vranic, chief secretary of the Office of the Serbian Patriarch.
The second annual St. Sebastian and St. Mardarije Ecclesial Orthodox Institute began on Monday, February 22, 2016, the leaving-taking of the Meeting of the Lord.
His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America and St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego, California are host to this year's event held in cooperation with the Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church.