Proclamation of Archimandrite Heruvim for Bishop of Osek Polje and Baranja

Proclamation of Archimandrite Heruvim for Bishop of Osek Polje and Baranja
Proclamation of Archimandrite Heruvim for Bishop of Osek Polje and Baranja
Proclamation of Archimandrite Heruvim for Bishop of Osek Polje and Baranja
Proclamation of Archimandrite Heruvim for Bishop of Osek Polje and Baranja

In the Cathedral church in Dalj, Croatia, 9 June 2018, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch performed the solemn rite of proclamation of Bishop Electus of Osek Polje and Baranja, Archimandrite Heruvim, abbot of the monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in Daljska Planina.

The First Hierarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church was concelebrated by Their Graces Bishops Irinej of Backa – Administrator of the Diocese of Osek Polje and Baranja; Pahomije of Vranje, Jovan of Sumadija, Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla, Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac, Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac, Nikodim of Dalmatia and Archimandrite Heruvim, Bishop Electus of Osek Polje and Baranja. Their Eminences Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and archimandrites, Bishop Electus Dimitrije of Zachum-Herzegovina and Stefan of Remesiana attended prayerfully.

Serbian Bishops in America Express Concern Over Attacks on Religious Freedom in Kosovo

The Serbian Orthodox Bishops in America expressed their concern today over serious incidents in Kosovo and Metohija during the past week, including attacks on clergy and innocent children, and threats to church property and cultural heritage, in a letter to  U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Religious Freedom Sam Brownback.

Biography of Bishop Heruvim of Osijek-Polje and Baranja

The new elected Bishop Heruvim was born in Vukovar from father Dusan and mother Milica (born Jovkovic) on 30 July 1987. His baptismal name is Vitomir. After having finished of the primary school in Vukovar, with the blessing of the then Diocesan Bishop Lukijan of Osijek-Polje and Baranja, he enrolled the Theological Seminary of the Holy Three Hierarchs in Krka Monastery, as a pupil of the second generation after the civil war of this restored educational institution of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Croatia.

In 2006 he matriculated the Faculty of Philology, Serbian Language and Literature Department. During the studies he decided to embrace monastic way of life. The affection towards the Krka Monastery was decisive when choosing it as a place of his monastic tonsure. On the feast-day of Sts. Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian in 2009, Bishop Fotije of Dalmatia tonsured him and gave him monastic name Heruvim, after the name of the first abbot of the Krka monastery. On the feast-day of the monastery patron-saint, Holy Archangel Michael, 21 November 2009, he was ordained hierodeacon, and on the feast-day of Holy Prince Lazar in 2010 he was ordained hieromonk.

Serbian Patriarch received Ambassador of France

Serbian Patriarch received Ambassador of France
Serbian Patriarch received Ambassador of France
Serbian Patriarch received Ambassador of France
Serbian Patriarch received Ambassador of France

His Holiness Irinej received His Excellency Frédéric Mondoloni, Ambassador of France to Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 6 June 2018.

His Excellency Mondolini thanked His Holiness for the cordial audience during which they discussed about marking the centenary since the end of the First World War, during which Serbian and French soldiers endured heroic feat in the fight against the invader. The Serbian Patriarch thanked the Ambassador for the visit and his efforts to foster friendly relations between the peoples of France and Serbia.

Communique of the Diocese of Raška-prizren Regarding a Series of Incidents in the Recent Days

The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raška-Prizren strongly condemns the latest series of incidents which indicate that there is a serious deterioration of the security situation in which Serbs with their Orthodox Church live in Kosovo and Metohija.Three days ago, dozens of Kosovo Albanians attacked a group of Serbian pilgrims while they were visiting the ruins of the Holy Trinity Church in the village of Petrič near Klina and performing the Pentecost procession around the site. In a serious incident, the attackers, despite the massive police presence, attacked the pilgrims with stones and injured three Serbs.

Yesterday, in Staro Gracko village nr. Lipljan a Serbian woman and her 6-month-old baby were injured in an incident provoked by a Kosovo Albanian. Also, a group of local Albanians near Žač, Klina Municipality, intercepted the vehicle of the local Serbian Orthodox priest, Fr. Stevan Marković, who was returning with his family from the service at Peć Patriarchate Monastery. They first blocked the road and then, when a larger group gathered, began hitting the car and broke the windshield. Both 5-year-old twins of the priest and his wife suffered shock from the incident, especially when one of the local attackers threatened to bring weapons.