His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, the vicar of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, received on July 10, 2009 at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia and on behalf of His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, a delegation from the United States of America led by Ahmed Younis, a Senior Analyst for the Gallup Center for Moslem Studies. The formal reception was attended also by Jennifer Brash, Deputy Ambassador of the United States of America in Serbia.
The next stage in the development of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese's St.Sava College (SSC) in south-west Sydney is about to go ahead. On Sunday the 9th of August, His Grace Bishop Irinej, together with Father Rade Radan and Deacons Sasha Colic and Branko Bosancic, served the Divine Liturgy on the foundations of St.Sava College. At the conclusion of the service, his Grace presented a cheque to the value of $1.8 million dollars to the former owner of the property Mr s Helen henry and with that payed out the loan with which the property was purchased five years ago, for a total sum of $3.6 million dollars.
Today at the Belgrade church of St Apostle Marko a memorial service was served for the victims of Storm action, which was 14 years ago done unified Croatian and Moslem military and police forces on the territory of Serbian Krajina killing 2650 and expatriating 340000 Serbs from their centuries-old hearths.
The memorial service was served by Their Graces Bishop Nikanor of Banat, Bishop Grigorije of Zahumlje and Herzegovina and Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno with the concelebration of the priesthood of Archbishopric of Belgrade and Karlovac. President of Serbia Boris Tadic, representatives of the Government of Serbia, members of the Crown Council and several hundreds refugees and the expelled were also present
After the memorial service Bishop Nikanor spoke to the present in the church full of people.
Holy liturgies are served on the occasion of the Holy Prophet Elijah in all temples of the Orthodox diocese of Vranje. The holiday is especially marked at the monastery of St Prohor Pcinjski because traditionally on this day at the monastery there is lots of people. His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka, the envoy of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church and His Grace Bishop Pahomije of Vranje,served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the presence of a great number of the faithful.
The Serbian Orthodox Church, as the host and the owner of one great orthodox sanctuary, a monastery of St. Prohor Pcinjski, decided, on behalf of regional Diocese of Vranje as well as on behalf of the Holy Synod of Bishops and on the suggestion of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Bachka, the member of the Holy Synod and the official representative of the Diocese of Vranje regarding the issue of the celebration of the feast of the Holy Prophet Elijah (Ilindan) at the monastery of St. Prohor Pcinjski - to honestly, warmly, brotherly, without any hidden thoughts, provide hospitality and more than that, brotherly reception for the high delegation of the Assembly of the Republic of Macedonia on the 65th anniversary of ASNOM on the the feast of the Holy Prophet Elijah of this year.