His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received His Excellency Mr. Francois-Xavier Deniau, Ambassador of France to Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade today.
Since the Ambassador is leaving his post in the Republic of Serbia, he made a farewell visit to the Serbian Patriarch. During the cordial and friendly meeting, His Holiness also congratulated His Excellency for the successful mandate and wished his further success.
His Holiness Irenaeus, Serbian Patriarch, celebrated the Hierarchal Divine Liturgy and the solemn rite of the consecration of Archimandrite Arseny (Glavcic) to the rank of Bishop of Toplica at the Belgrade’s Cathedral church today, on 31st August 2014.
His Holiness was concelebrated by Their Eminences Metropolitan Panteleon of Veria (Archdiocese of Athens), Metropolitan Georgios of Kitrous and Katerini (Archdiocese of Athens) and Metropolitan Porfirius of Zagreb-Ljubljana; Their Graces Bishop Irenaeus of Backa, Justin of Zica, John of Sumadia, Theodosius of Raska-Prizren, Irenaeus of Australia-New Zealand, Hilarion of Timok, Anthony of Moravica and Hieronim Bishop electus of Jegar; Very Venerable abbot of the Studenica monastery Archimandrite Tikhon as well as protopresbyters-stavrophors Chief Secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops Dr. Savo B. Jovic, dean of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology protopresbyter-stavrophor Predrag Puzovic, head of the Cathedral church Petar Lukic and Professor Dr. Vladimir Vukasinovic. The solemn rite was attended also by Their Graces Bishops Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac, Sergius of Middle Europe, John Bishop electus of Slavonia and retired Bishop Basil of Zvornik-Tuzla, Very Venerable Archimandrites John (Radosavljevic) and Daniel (Ljubotinja), as well as by hieromonk Dositey from the Chilandar Monastery on Mount Athos.
The Holy Assembly of Bishops at this annual regular meeting elected Very Venerable Archimandrite Arsenije (Glavcic) Vicar Bishop of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch, with a title – Bishop of Toplica.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, officiated the solemn rite of the proclamation (Slavonic narechenie) at the Cathedral church in Belgrade, in the evening of 30th August 2014. The rite was performed in attendance of Their Eminences Metropolitan Panteleon of Veria (Archdiocese of Athens), Metropolitan Georgios of Kitrous and Katerini (Archdiocese of Athens) and Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana, and Their Graces Bishops Nikanor of Banat, Justin of Zica, Pahomije of Vranje, Jovan of Sumadia, Milutin of Valjevo, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac, Sergije of Middle Europe, Ilarion of Timok, Antonije of Moravica, Jovan Bishop electus of Slavonia, Jeronim Bishop electus of Jegar and retired Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla.
His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Department for the External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate, paid a visit to the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on August 25th, 2014.
High representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church were welcomed at the airport by His Grace Bishop Jovan of Lipljan, Vicar of Serbian Patriarch, and protopresbyter Vitaly Tarasyev, head of the Representation of the Moscow Patriarchate in Belgrade.
The consecration of the newly-elected Bishop of Toplica will take place at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade on 31 August 2014. The proclamation will be performed the previous day, on August 30th.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch will celebrate the solemn Hierarchal Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of many Bishops.
Biography of new-elected Bishop of Toplica Archimandrite Arsenije (Glavcic)
The new-elected Bishop of Toplica Arseny (Glavcic), Vicar Bishop of His Holiness Patriarch Irinej, was born on March 10, 1978 in Vrsac, as Milomir Glavcic.
He finished primary school in his birthplace in 1993, and from there, upon the blessing of the then Bishop Hrizostom (Stolic) of Banat, attended the Seminary of Saint Sava in Belgrade and finished it successfully in 1998. Upon the blessing of Bishop Hrizostom, he immatriculated the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade. During his studies he attended twice the Puskin Institute in Moscow to improve his Russian, in 1999 and 2000.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch met Mr. Nebojsa Stefanovic, Minister of Internal Affairs in the Government of the Republic of Serbia, at the Serbian Patriarchate, today, on 25 August 2014.