Serbian Orthodox Church
On Sunday, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej served Patriarchal Divine Liturgy at St. Simeon Mirotocivi Church in South Chicago in honor of the upcoming Church Slava on February 26. Concelebrating with His Holiness were His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America - the host bishop, and His Grace Bishop Maksim of Western America. Also serving were Archpriest-Stavrophor Luka Lukic - the host priest, Hieromonk Jovan, Protodeacon Stanimir Spasovic and Deacons Aleksandar Petrovic and Nikolaj Kostur.
On Saturday, February 19, 2011, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej served a Memorial Liturgy for the repose of Metropolitan Christopher of blessed memory at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois. Serving with His Holiness were His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America and His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America, as well as eleven other clergymen, including: Archimandrites Thomas (Kazich) and Zacchaeus (Wood-OCA), Archpriest-Stavrophor Nedeljko Lunich, Archpriest Vasyl Kuzmych (ROCOR), Priests Jovan Jovich and Darko Spasojevic, Protodeacon Stanimir Spasovic, Deacons Damjan Bozic, Aleksandar Petrovic, Predrag Samardzic and Nikolaj Kostur.
The Serbian Orthodox Church's highest ranking religious leader kicked off a two-week visit to Chicago by telling members of Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral they should be proud of perserving their religious tradition.
In the late evening, on February 16, 2011, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch arrived in Chicago accompanied by protodeacon Prof. Dr Stanimir Spasovic. Besides His Grace Bishop Longin of Nova Grachanica and Midwestern America and local priesthood, His Holiness was welcomed also the representatives of the diplomatic cord of Serbia, led by Consul General Mr. Desko Nikotovic.