Serbian Orthodox Church
His Grace newly-elected Bishop Justin (Stefanović) of Žiča was born on 26 May 1955 in Čačak and was baptized as Miroslav. He finished primary and secondary schools, as well as the Faculty of Economy in Belgrade. His monastic life began in the monastery of Crna Reka in 1980 where he was tonsured in 1983 by Bishop Pavle of Raska-Prizren, later Serbian Patriarch.
Along with his monastic duties, he enrolled in the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade and graduated in 1987. In Athens he absolved postgraduate studies at the School of Theology of the University of Athens. In 1991 he became an abbot of the monastery of Crna Reka.
On 27 May 1987, during the ordinary convocation of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the SOC, he was elected Vicar Bishop of Hvosno and appointed as deputy of the sick Bishop Milutin of Timok with all rights and duties of a diocesan bishop. The ordination (cheirotony) was performed in the Sopoćani monastery on the feast-day of Saints Cosmas and Damian, on 14 July 1992. Serbian Patriarch Pavle officiated the ordination with the concelebration of a number of bishops.
The newly-elected Bishop of Timok Hilarion (Golubovic) was born in Zajecar in 1974. He finished primary school and the Electrical Engineering High School in Zajecar, whereupon he joined the monastery of Crna Reka where he spent some time getting acquainted with monastic life until he was conscribed to the army in September 1993. After his army service he joined the Bukovo monastic brotherhood in 1994.
Ilarion was tonsured in 1997, and ordained as hierodeacon im May of the same year, and as hieromonk on the feast day of Saint Nicholas, the Patron Saint-day of the church, 19 December 1997. He was promoted to the abbot of the Bukovo monastery in 1998. He was awarded with the rank of protosyncellos in 2002 as well as of that of an archimandrite in 2006. Since 2009 he has performed responsibly of the deputy of the bishop.
Father Hilarion restored the refectory of the monastery, so to say, with his own hands. Beside his monastic obediences, he is also active as iconographer, wood carver and carpenter. He spends his spare time dealing with documentary and artistic photography.
Biografie des neugewählten Bischofs der serbischen Diözese für Mitteleuropa Sergiје (Karanović)
Der neugewählte Bischof der serbischen Diözese für Mitteleuropa, Sergiје (Karanović), wurde am 4. Juli 1975 in Bačka Palanka (Serbien) geboren und erhielt bei der Taufe den Namen Zoran. Seine entschlafenen Eltern Petar und Mika (geborene Benić) stammten aus dem Ort Boboljusci in der Nähe des heutigen Martin Brod in Bosnien Herzegowina.
Nach der achtjährigen Grundschule, welche er in seinem Geburtsort Bačka Palanka absolvierte, wurde er 1990 mit dem Segen seiner Exzellenz Herrn Irinej, Bischof von Bačka, in das Priesterseminar „Heilige drei Hierarchen“ des Klosters Krka (Mitteldalmatien im heutigen Kroatien) aufgenommen.
Dear brother clergy,
honorable delegates of the church-school congregations, parishes and monasteries,
representatives of the Kolos of Serbian Sisters,
our dear youth.
In speaking to the faithful in Corinth, Apostle Paul said, “Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my glorying of you: I am filled with comfort, I am exceeding joyful in all our tribulation. For, when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears” (2 Cor. 7: 4-5). If we think about it for a bit, our time, which appears very different from the time of the above quoted verse, is actually very similar to it and to its conditions.
I also have great faith in you and am proud of you, my honorable spiritual children. I know of your great love for our Holy Church. I am a witness of your care for her good. I am aware of the challenges and obstacles which you face in your work in the Church. But, thank God, you do not waver. You have worked tirelessly for years for the good of our spiritual being. This is what I constantly see before my spiritual eyes. I realize that every one of us who strives to remain on Christ's path has certain flaws and shortcomings. But if we “bear each other's burdens” as Saint Paul says, if we see each other's strengths and overlook the flaws, then we will build our common house on solid foundation.
During the canonical and working visit to the Diocese of Middle Europe, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch visited the Serbian Orthodox monastery in Eiterfeld, on Saturday, June 21st.
The monastery is dedicated to the feast of Annunciation and Venerable Justin of Celije. The Serbian Patriarch was welcomed by the head of the monastery hiero-schi monk Justin (Raurer) with the faithful. A three-day convention of the Orthodox philosophers on bioethics from America and Europe was being held.