Bishop Luka (Kovacevic) of Western Europe fell asleep in the Lord

We would like to inform the public and the faithful that His Grace Bishop Luka of Western Europe fell asleep in the Lord on December 17, 2021, at 3 pm. Eternal memory and the Kingdom of Heaven to him! The date and time of the funeral will be announced later.

Bishop Luka (Kovacevic) of Western Europe

He was born on October 30, 1950 in Piskavica near Banja Luka. He graduated from the Theological Seminary of the Holy Three Hierarchs at the Krka Monastery in 1971, and studied theology in 1982 at the Saint Sergius Orthodox Theological Institute in Paris. He was tonsured on June 26, 1976, and in the same year, on the feast of the Holy Prophet Elisha, he was ordained a hieromonk by Bishop Nicholas of Australia and New Zealand. From 1982 to 1992, he was a brother of the monastery of St. Sava in Eilane, Australia. The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, at its regular session in 1992, elected Archimandrite Luka Bishop of Australia and New Zealand.

The act of episcopal ordination in the monastery of the Presentation of the Most Holy Mother of God in Belgrade on August 17, 1992, was performed by Serbian Patriarch Pavle with the participation of a large number of archbishops. In the same year, he was enthroned on the throne of the Bishops of Australia and New Zealand in the monastery of St. Sava in Elaine. In 1997, he was elected Bishop of Western Europe, based in Paris, and at the same time he was the administrator of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand until 1999.

Diocese of Western Europe

 

Communiqué

The Holy Synod of Bishops, under the presidency of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch kyr Porfirije, in the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade from 7 do 10 December of this year, began to carry out the binding decisions of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church concerning the newly-formed corporations in the United States of America, the Saint Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, and the Church-School Congregation of Saint Sava in New York.

Alongside the members of the Holy Synod of Bishops, the meetings were also attended by Their Graces the Bishops of New-Gračanica and Midwestern America kyr Longin, Canada kyr Mitrofan, Western America kyr Maksim, Eastern America kyr Irinej and Buenos Aires and South-Central America kyr Kirilo, as well as the members of the Commission of the Holy Synod of Bishops for considering the above-mentioned matters: Their Graces Bishops of Bačka kyr Irinej and Šumadija kyr Jovan, as well as protopresbyter-stavrophoros Dr Velibor DŽomić, protopresbyter Vladan Simić, protonamesnik Miroslav Čolaković, and legal counselors Srđan Todorović, Miroslav Nikolić and Milan Andrić.

Serbian Patriarch Porfirije received the delegation of the Community of Sant' Egidio

His Holiness Porfirije, the Serbian Patriarch, received His Eminence Archbishop Vicenzo Paglia, President of the Community of Sant' Egidio in the Patriarchate Palace in Belgrade, on 14 December 2021.

During the friendly meeting, they discussed about the continuation of the long-term cooperation between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Community of Sant' Egidio The audience was attended by His Grace Bishop Sava od Marca, Head of the Office of the Serbian Patriarchate; Mr. Alberto Quattrucci, Secretary of the Community of Sant' Egidio, as well as protopresbyter-staurophor Rasko Radovic, parish priest in Trieste.

Patriarch served funeral service то newly departed mother MIhaila

His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch, served the newly departed Great schema mother Mihaila (Vlacic) in the monastery of the Presentation of the Most Holy Mother of God in Belgrade on 12 December 2021.

The newly departed mother Mihaila was born on 3 December 1934 in the vicinity of Sarajevo, in Tvrdici.  She came to Lazarevo near Zrenjanin with her family during the colonization. She began her novice life as a thirteen-year-old girl in 1948 in the monastery of  Saint Melania near Zrenjanin.  She has lived in the monastery of the Presentation of the Most Holy Mother of God on Senjak in constant prayer and struggle since 1958.

Patriarch Porfirije receives in audience a DECR representative and a delegation of the Foundation for the Support of Christian Culture and Heritage

On December 6, 2021, His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch received in audience the vice-chairman of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, Archpriest Nikolay Balashov, and a delegation of the Foundation for Support of Christin Culture and Heritage led by Mr. E. I. Skopenko, executive director of the foundation.

Archpriest Nikolay Balashov conveyed to the Primate of the Serbian Orthodox Church greetings and best wishes from His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the DECR chairman Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk. In a warm atmosphere, they discussed the state and development of relations between the Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches in the sphere of culture and education and a possible participation of the foundation in the projects of the Serbian Orthodox Church aimed to preserve the cultural heritage.

Press Release

We have received many strong protests and expressions of discontent over yesterday's announcement by German politician Viola von Cramon, given after a conversation with the Bishop of Düsseldorf kyr Grigorije, that there is no Serbian Orthodox Church in Germany, and we are obliged to, for the sake of truth, issue the following statement:

The Serbian Orthodox Church exists in Germany, as part of the one, indivisible autocephalous Serbian Patriarchate. The Constitution and Statutes of the Serbian Orthodox Church are valid in the territory of Germany as anywhere else in the area of her canonical jurisdiction, and all church–hierarchical bodies are obliged to be governed by them. On the basis of the Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the competent church authorities appoint and dismiss the administrations of all bodies and organs, and the Holy Assembly of Bishops appoints and, if necessary, relieves the diocesan bishop.

Information Service of the Serbian Orthodox Church