Joint Letter of the Serbian Orthodox Bishops in the United States of America

Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan
U.S. Department of State
2201 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20520

March 27, 2018

Dear Deputy Secretary Sullivan:

We, the bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Dioceses in the United States, are writing to express our grave concern over yesterday’s assault by the Kosovo Police on Marko Djuric, Director of the Serbian Government Office for Kosovo and Metohija, as well as journalists and unarmed citizens. Our concern is particularly heightened noting that this brutality seems to be an integral part of an orchestrated campaign against Kosovo's Serbian population, coming in the wake of the assassination of Oliver Ivanovic.

Serbian Bishop Fotije received in audience Mufti Fazlovic

Bishop Fotije and Mufti Fazlović agreed more intensive programs of inter-religious cooperation in the cities of Bijeljina and Tuzla.

His Eminence Bishop Fotije of Zvornik-Tuzla received Tuzla's Mufti Vahid ef. Fazlović in his Diocesan residence in Bijeljina on March 27, 2018. The meeting presented a continuation of conversations about the mutual cooperation following up Bishop’s visit to the mufti Fazlovic in December 2017.

The  two religious dignitaries discussed concrete ways of cooperation between the two religious communities in the area, especially emphasizing the need for a more active work and cooperation of the Inter-Religious Council's Committees in Bijeljina and Tuzla. The meeting was attended by Samir ef. Kamic and Omer ef. Camić, the chief imams of Bijeljina and Janja.

Source: Zvornik-Tuzla Diocese

Assembly of military chaplains of the Armed Forces of BiH

Assembly of military chaplains of the Armed Forces of BiH
Assembly of military chaplains of the Armed Forces of BiH
Assembly of military chaplains of the Armed Forces of BiH
Assembly of military chaplains of the Armed Forces of BiH

His Grace Bishop Sergije of Bihac-Petrovac, a military bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Church by the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina, held a working meeting with all military chaplains at the Armed Forces on March 27, 2018, in the barracks "Kozara" in Banja Luka.

The meeting was attended also by Brigadier Col. Radovan Jovic, commander of the 6th Infantry Brigade, and his associates.

Hierarchal Liturgy in Cathedral church in Karlovac

Hierarchal Liturgy in Cathedral church in Karlovac
Hierarchal Liturgy in Cathedral church in Karlovac
Hierarchal Liturgy in Cathedral church in Karlovac
Hierarchal Liturgy in Cathedral church in Karlovac

On the fifth Sunday of the Great Lent, on 25th March 2018, His Grace Bishop Gerasim of Gornji Karlovac celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Cathedral church of Holy father Nicholas of Myra in Karlovac.

The Bishop was concelebrated by protonamesnik Predrag Susic, presbyter Darko Dugonjic and deacon Budimir Kokotovic.

Celebration of the Greek Independence Day in Belgrade

Celebration of the Greek Independence Day in Belgrade
Celebration of the Greek Independence Day in Belgrade
Celebration of the Greek Independence Day in Belgrade
Celebration of the Greek Independence Day in Belgrade

On the occasion of the National holiday of the Liberation Day from the Turkish captivity and memory of liberation uprisings from 1821, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch,officieted the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with Doxology at the Patriarchal church of Saint Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher in Belgrade оn 25th March 2018.

On this occasion His Holiness Irinej ordained hierodeacon Amvrosije (Vesic), Doctor of the National Technical University and PhD student of the course Liturgics at the Faculty of Theology in Athens, as hieromonk.

Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers at St. Demetrius

Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers at St. Demetrius
Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers at St. Demetrius
Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers at St. Demetrius
Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers at St. Demetrius

With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej, St. Demetrius Serbian Orthodox Church in Fairlawn, Ohio, hosted Pan-Orthodox Lenten Vespers on the 4th Sunday of Great Lent. 

Newly-installed priest Fr. Dragan Goronjic, Dean of the Cleveland Deanery, invited not only brethren from within the Cleveland Deanery to concelebrate, but also Orthodox clergy from throughout the greater-Akron community.

Patriarch Irinej serves in Bezanijska Kosa

Patriarch Irinej serves in Bezanijska Kosa
Patriarch Irinej serves in Bezanijska Kosa
Patriarch Irinej serves in Bezanijska Kosa
Patriarch Irinej serves in Bezanijska Kosa

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in the church of Saint Basil of Ostrog in Bezanijska Kosa on 23 March 2018.

The Patriarch was concelebrated by the local priests.