By God's mercy, on the third Sunday of Great Lent, dedicated to the Adoration of Holy Cross and the 42 Martyrs of Ammoria in Phrygia, our newly enthroned hierarch, His Grace the Rt. Rev. Bishop Irinej, paid his first canonical visit to the parish of St.George in Lorain, Ohio.
His Grace was welcomed by the clergy and children of the Lorain parish who presented red and white roses as a gift of their love to their bishop. Before the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy began, His Grace brought the beautifully decorated Cross from the altar to middle of the Church so everyone could venerate it.
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Mr. Alexander Chepurin, Russian Ambassador to Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 23 March 2017.
Ambassador Chepurin expressed gratitude to the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church for the warm and friendly reception during which they discussed various aspects of life of people in Serbia and Russia. Serbian Patriarch Irinej thanked His Excellency for the visit and the love of our people, wishing him blessings from the Lord and a full success in his future work.
His Grace Teodosije, Bishop of Raska-Prizren, officiated the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in the Church of St. Demetrius in Kosovska Mitrovica on 22 March 2017.
After the Divine Liturgy and the Hierarch’s sermon addressed to the congregation, a brotherly meeting of the clergy of the Mitrovica and the Novi Pazar deanaries of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren was held. At the meeting current issues related to the pastoral ministry of the clergy were discussed.
Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, Associate Professor of Sociologyat Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania has been conducting researchon the history of the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels,Pennsylvania. Dr. Olagoke is a member of the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church. As part of his research, he has reviewed parish publications and hasspoken to the parish priest and parishioners. Dr. Olagoke will give a presentation based on his research at the Christianity and Literature Conference at Grove City College on April 1, 2017. His topic is: “Hearts in Exile: Modes of Religiosity and Social Engagement Among the Serbian Orthodox Community in Carmichaels, Pa.”