Eparchial (Diocesan) News

Church purchased in Auckland, New Zealand

To the delight of many Serbian Orthodox believers living in Auckland and Hamilton in New Zealand, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand , an existing presbyterian church was purchased  that will be a new church devoted to Saint King Milutin. The church was built in the beginning of the last century and is located in central part of Auckland.

Frequent break-ins in Orthodox churches of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Croatia

In the past week it has been broken into several churches of the Diocese of Gornji Karlovci. The church bell from a church of St. Petka in Gornja Chemernica (municipality of Gvozd). Burglars did not stop at this but also have invaded the altar of the church and stole two icon lamps from the Precious Cross. One bell was also stolen from the church of the Transfiguration of Christ in Komogovina (municipality of Donji Kukuruzari). The same thing happened last year in the church of St. Petka in Glavaci near Otochac before a consecration of this church. In Karlovac a bell was stolen from the place where all bells were deposited for safekeeping after blowing up the church of St. Nicholas.

St.Mark's Day Procession in Podgorica with the relics of Venerable Symeon of Dajbabe

The traditional St.Mark's Day procession was held in the streets of Podgorica in the evening on May 8, 2010, for the first time with the relics of newly canonized saint of our Church Venerable Symeon of Dajbabe. The procession, in which great deal of faithful of Podgorica took part, was led by His Eminence Amfilohije Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops: Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic, Irinej of Australia-New Zealand and Jovan of Dioclea, with many priests and monks.

Saint Symeon of Dajbabe counted among Christ's Saints

The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church on its regular spring session, proclaimed a Cetinje-born St. Symeon of Dajbaba to the order of Christ's Saints. St. Symeon was born in 1854 in Cetinje as a little Savo in a brotherhood Popovic of Donji Kraj. He finished primary education in Cetinje. Later he studied at the Seminary in Kiev, and after it he finished Spiritual academy in Kiev.

Abba Justin in dyptich of Saints of the Orthodox Church

Justin Popovic (1894-1979) was an archimandrite of the Celije monastery, doctor of Theology,professor of the Belgrade University and spiritual elder. Blagoje Popovic, later father Justin, was born in Vranje on April 6 (March 25 after the Julian calendar) 1894 by father Spiridon and mother Anastasia. The Popovic family was pastoral through generations, only Blagoje's father Spiridon was just a sacristan.Blagoje was a youngest child, and he had an older brother Stojadin and sister Stojna.