Biography of Bishop Metodije (Ostojic) of Dioclea, elected Bishop of Budimlje-Niksic

Archimandrite Metodije (baptismal name Ljubisa) Ostojic was born in Sarajevo on April 1, 1976, as the third child of Orthodox parents Milinka and Dragica (born Milicevic). He finished the eight-year school and first two classes of the high school in Sarajevo, BH, from where he and his family due to civil war conflicts moved to Podgorica, Montenegro.

The other two classes of the high school he finished in Podgorica. During his stay in Sarajevo he finished elementary music school. After graduating from high school in 1994, he immatriculated to the Faculty of Economics at the University in Podgorica, where he graduated in 2001. In 2002 he came to the Cetinje Monastery, where he was tonsured on the eve of the feast-day of Sts. Peter and Paul, on July 11, 2004, and got the monastic name Metodije (according to St. Methodius the Slav Enlightener.

Monk Metodije was ordained by Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegrin-Coastlands as hierodeacon in the church dedicated to this feast at Zabljak, Montenegro (from where his family descends) on the feast-day of the Transfiguration of the Lord in 2005. He received priestly ordination in the Cetinje monastery on Easter in 2008.  A year later, on November 22, 2009, he was elevated to the rank of a protosyncell in the monastery of Slanci near Belgrade by Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro-Coastlands, with whose blessing he assisted, since the end of 2007, the Primate of the Serbian Church, Pavle, during his stay at a Belgrade hospital, and performed this obedience until the repose of the saintly Patriarch in November 2009.

As a principal of the Cetinje monastery, he was appointed on February 1, 2010, and was promoted into the degree of an Archimandrite in the Cetinje monastery on the feast-day of Sts. Peter and Paul in 2013. In that same year, he graduated from the Orthodox Theological Faculty of St. Basil of Ostrog in Foca, University of East Sarajevo, with the diploma paper on the educational role of monasticism.

At the Orthodox Theological Faculty of the University of Belgrade, he defended, in 2015, his post-diploma research work on Mitropolitan Vavila of Zeta (1494-1520) and his contribution to Serbian spirituality and culture.

Since 2012 he has been a member of the Patriarchate Board of the Serbian Orthodox Church on behalf of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro-Coastlands. He is also a member of the Diocesan Council and the Diocesan Board of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro-Coastlands.

At the  Faculty of the Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade in 2015, he defended his Master thesis on the topic Metropolitan Vavila of Zeta (1494-1520) and his contribution to Serbian spirituality and culture under the mentorship of Professor Predrag Puzovic, PhD. Archimandrite Metodije spent an academic year 2016/17 at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, studying Greek, with the aim of starting doctoral studies at the Theological Faculty of this University.

Patriarch Irinej officiated the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy and the solem consecration of the proclaimed High Venerable Archimandrite Metodije (Ostojic) to the rank of Bishop of Dioclea, Vicar of the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral at the Cathedral church of the Resurrection in Podgorica on 22 July 2018.  During the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church held in May 2021, he was elected Bishop of Budimlje-Niksic.

How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

His Grace Bishop Lukijan of Buda welcomed President of the Republic of Serbian Mr. Aleksandar Vucic and Serbian member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Mr. Milorad Dodik at the church of Holy Greatmartyr George in Budapest on 22 September 2021.

- In the name of the clergy, monastics and the faithful people in Hungary, I have the honour to greet two of our leaders and fighters for their people. The Holy Scripture says: How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity, and you, dear presidents, testify to that. It is not easy for you, people may not know, but God sees everything and knows everything, and you did well to enter the house of God this time as well, and that is exactly the church of St. George the Victory-bearer. When you enter the mill, you can't help but pick up at least a little flour, and in the church, God's help, which you definitely need with our support. You are doing great deeds by strengthening the friendship of the Hungarian and Serbian people, and especially with your aid to the Diocese of Buda. We remember everything with gratitude for what you have done and what you will definitely do in the years to come. For many years, Bishop Lukijan said.

Medna Monastery: "The Road of Mother Serbia" officially opened

His Grace Bishop Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac,  and Secretary-General of the Government of the Republic of Serbia, Mr. Novak Nedic, ceremoniously opened the newly built road leading to the monastery of the Holy Venerable Martyrs Serafim, Avakum and Mardarije of Medna on September 21, 2021, on the feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God.

After blessing the section symbolically called "The Road of Mother Serbia", Bishop Sergije said that the Government of the Republic of Serbia, at his suggestion, recognized the need and gave the Serbian people and the great shrine of Medna the new road that will facilitate arrivals and visits to that sacred monastery.

Serbian Patriarch received Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Serbia

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch received the Chief Rabbi of the Jewish Community of Serbia, Mr. Isaac Asiel, in the Patriarchal Palace in Belgrade,on September 20, 2021.

The Serbian Patriarch and Chief Rabbi discussed the role, responsibilities and common challenges facing the Churches and religious communities in the modern world. The audience was attended by the elected Bishop of Marca, Archimandrite Sava, head of the Cabinet of the Serbian Patriarch.

Consecration of Archimandrite Damaskin for Bishop of Mohacs

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy and the solemn rite of the consecration of the elected and proclaimed Very Archimandrite Damaskin (Grabez) into the rank of Bishop of Mohacs, Vicar of Bishop of Backa in the Cathedral church of Saint Sava in the Vracar district on 19 September 2021.

The Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church was concelebrated by His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje; Their Graces Bishops Lukijan of Buda, Irinej of Backa, Dositej of Britain and Scandinavia, Pahomije of Vranje, Jovan of Sumadija, Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla, Atanasije of Mileseva, Grigorije of Dusseldorf and Germany, Marko of Bregalnica, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac, David of Krusevac, Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac, Arsenije of Nis, Nikodim of Dalmatia, Heruvim of Osek-Polje and Baranjam, Isihije of Valjevo, Dimitrije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Antonije of Moravica, Stefan of Remesiana, Metodije of Dioclea and elected Bishop of Budimlje-Niksic, Jerotej of Toplica, Justin of Hvosno, retired Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla, retired Georgije of Canada and retired Konstantin of Middle Europe.

Besides the family and friends of Bishop Damaskin, numerous priests and monks from several dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the solemn act of consecration was attended by the President of the Provincial Government of Vojvodina, Mr. Igor Mirovic; Minister of Innovation and Technological Development Dr. Nenad Popovic, Director of the Office for Cooperation with Traditional Churches and Religious Communities of the Republic of Serbia Dr. Vladimir Roganovic, representatives of traditional churches and religious communities, representatives of the Serbian Armed Forces, members of the diplomatic corps and prominent cultural and public figures of life in Serbia.

Proclamation of Archimandrite Damaskin for Bishop of Mohacs

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch officiated the solemn rite of the proclamation of High Venerable Archimandrite Damaskin (Grabez) for Bishop of Mohacs, Vicar of Bishop of Backa in the old Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade on 18 September 2021 (photo gallery).

Besides the primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church, in the rite of the proclamation also participated: His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje; and Their Graces Bishops: Lukijan of Buda, Nikanor of Banat, Irinej of Backa, Dositej of Britain-Scandinavia, Pahomije of Vranje, Jovan of Sumadija, Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla, Atanasije of Mileseva, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac, David of Krusevac, Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac, Arsenije of Nis, Heruvim of Osek-Polje and Baranja, Dimitrije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Isihije of Valjevo, Marko of Bregalnica, Antonije of Moravica, Stefan of Remesiana, Jerotej of Toplica, Justin of Toplica, Justin of Hvosno, retired Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla and retired Georgije of Canada.

After accepting the will and decision of the Holy Assembly of Bishops before the present assembly of the Holy Church, which elected him Bishop of Mohács, vicar of the Bishop of Backa at this year's session, the proclaimed Bishop Damaskin officiated the Vesper service.