Serbian Orthodox Church
In the attendance of many bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, Secretary of the Holy See for Relations with States, i.e. Foreign Affairs Minister of the state of Vatican at the Serbian Patriarchate on June 30th.
Archbishop’s delegation consisted of: Apostolic Nuncio H.E. Archbishop Orlando Antonini, Archbishop and Metropolitan of Belgrade Stanislav Hocevar and Bishop of Zrenjanin Bishop Ladislav Nemet.
Minister of Justice in the Government of Serbia Mr. Nikola Selakovic visited the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral on July 1st.
Minister firstly visited the court church at Cipur where he laid wreath at the grave of King Nikola, and after that he venerated the hand of Saint John the Baptist, the particle of the Precious Cross of the Lord and the relics of Saint Peter of Cetinje.
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.
In 2002 Bishop Hrizostom appointed him Secretary of the Diocesan Ecclesiastic Board and treasurer of the Diocese of Banat. He held this position until September 2004. Upon the suggestion of his spiritual father Bishop Hrizostom, he was received as cleric in the Diocese of Zica where he was appointed Secretary of the Bishop in July 2005. Simultaneously he began with preparations for monastic life being a novice in the monastery of Zica. In September 2005 he graduated from the Faculty of the Orthodox Theology in Belgrade.
Newly-elected Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije (Peric) of Zagreb-Ljubljana was born on 22 July 1961 in Becej, northern Serbia, and was baptized as Prvoslav. He finished primary school in Curug, and the “Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj” Grammar school in Novi Sad. He was ordained a monk according to the rite of small schime by his spiritual father, then hieromonk Dr. Irinej (Bulovic), at Decani Monastery in 1985.
He graduated from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade in 1986, when the then Bishop of Raska-Prizren Diocese, future Serbian Patriarch Pavle of blessed memory, ordained him a hierodeacon at the monastery of Holy Trinity in Musutiste, Kosovo and Mectochia.
He attended postgraduate studies in Athens from 1986 until 1990. That year, upon the blessing of Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa, he joined the monastery of Holy Archangels in Kovilj, near Novi Sad, where he was ordained as hieromonk and became its abbot.
On June 28th 1916, now Sainted Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović addressed a congregation gathered at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Gentlemen and friends,
I am coming from Serbia, from European “midnight”. There is no ray of light, not a single trace. All the light went from the ground to the sky and the sky is the only place where the light is coming from. Nevertheless, we that are weak in everything are strong in faith and hope that dawn will soon arrive. I am grateful to Lord Archbishop, Randall Cantuar, that allowed me, on this holy day, Vidovdan, year of Our Lord 1916, in this beautiful church of Saint Paul, to address his majesty, King George V and the most prominent Englishmen.