Saint Ignatius of Antioch (Theophorus) - the slava of the Diocese of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and His Grace Bishop Grigorije, was celebrated on January 2, 2012 in the monastery of Herzegovina's Gracanica with the Divine Liturgy which was led by Bishop Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic with the concelebration of the hosts Bishop Grigorije and Bishop Atanasije.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, vicar of Patriarch Irinej, served the Divine Liturgy in the church devoted to the Ascension of the Lord in Zarkovo. He was concelebrated by priests and deacons of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served on Sunday, January 1 the Divine Liturgy in the Ascension Church in Belgrade. With the chanting of the choir of this church more priests and deacons served. Patriarch gave the Holy Communion to many believers among those were mostly children, and after that he held a sermon.
By the blessing of Bishop Longin, and the hard work of the Diocesan Youth Department, the first Annual Winter Youth Retreat of the Serbian Orthodox Midwest Diocese was held at the Monastery of New Gračanica from Monday, December 26th through Thursday, December 29th, 2011. The theme of this year’s retreat was “Reborn This Way”. Youth from several Great Lake states, as well as Arizona and Canada, came together to deepen their understanding of our Orthodox faith and strengthen their relationships with like-minded peers. The retreat included presentations and discussions related to important topics that our youth face every day. Recreational and fellowship events enabled our youth to interact with other high school students from throughout our Diocese.