On Sunday, January 31, 2016, the faithful of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in St. Petersburg, FL, celebrated the patronal feast of their parish church, St. Sava, the First Archbishop of the Serbs, Enlightener and equal to the Apostles. The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by the V. Rev. Stavrophor Stephen Zaremba, parish priest, and the V. Rev. Stavrophor Jovan Todorovic, retired, attached to the St. George parish in Clearwater, FL. The V. Rev. Stavrophor Miloje Rajicevic, retired priest of the St. Sava parish, who was unable to serve due to ill health, preached an inspiring sermon about St. Sava to the faithful gathered for the celebration, who filled the St. Sava Church to capacity.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, pays a Archpastoral visit to the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand of the Serbian Orthodox Church (photo gallery).
His Holiness is accompanied by Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, protopresbyter-staurophor Stojadin Pavlovic, director of the Administration office of the Serbian Patriarchate; and deacon Aleksandar Sekulic, officer of the Office of the Serbian Patriarch. His Holiness Serbian Patriarch was welcomed by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand with priests and faithful at the airport in Melbourne, on March 1, 2016.
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.