On Saturday evening, December 3, 2016 His Grace Bishop Irinej arrived in California to participate in the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the election and consecration of His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles (Ecumenical Patriarchate) and Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute at the Graduate Theological Union as a Hierarch.
The hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and His Vicar Bishop Kiril of Dioclea have been in Latin America since 23 November 2016. - Reception by the Mayor of Resistencia, province Chaco, in Argentina, Mr. Jorge Kapitanich.
During this meeting a contract was signed concerning the grant of a plot for erection of the centre of the Diocese of Buenos Aires and South-Central America.
On Sunday, December 4, 2016, at the Cathedral of Saint Steven in Alhambra, California, the Kolo Srpskih Sestara of the Western American Diocese celebrated their Krsna Slava, the Feast of the Entrance into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos.
In the presence of many of our parishioners, His Grace co-celebrated the Hierarchal Holy Liturgy with our Fr. Vasilije Tomic, Fr. Milutin Veljko of St. Sava’s parish in Toronto, and with the newly arrived Fr. Vladimir Vranic of the Cathedral Church of St. Archangel Michael in Belgrade.
A model of internal decoration of the dome of the Saint Sava Cathedral on Vracar presented. Rendering of the dome mosaics is financed by Gazprom Neft. (phоto gallery ).
At the Russian Cultural Centre in Belgrade, a model of the internal decoration of the dome of the Saint Sava Cathedral in the Vracar district of the city was presented on 3 December 2016.
The event was attended by the President of Serbia Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, the chairman of the Executive Board of the Society for Construction of the Cathedral, His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica, Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Ivica Dacic, Ambassador of the Russian Federation in Belgrade Mr. Aleksander Chepurin, Ambassador of Belarus in Belgrade Mr. Vladimir Chusev, member of the Managing Board of the main sponsor of the construction works of the company Gazprom Neft Mr. Aleksander Dibalj, Director of the Russian Federal State Agency Rosotrunichestvo Mrs. Ljubov Glebova, Deputy Mayor of Belgrade Mr. Andreja Mladenovic; protomaster of the Cathedral Professor Dr. Vojislav Milovanovic and other officials from ecclesial, political and cultural life of Serbia and Russia.