Serbian Orthodox Church
On Saturday, 22 March 2014, the Serbian Orthodox Youth Association of Australia and New Zealand (SOYA) marked its Patronal Feast, St Nicholai of Zhicha at the St Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church and Community Centre in Blacktown. The cutting of the Festal Bread was celebrated by Fr Miodrag Peric, Dean of the New South Wales Deanery, representing His Grace Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, together with Fr Srboljub Miletich from the Rooty Hill parish of St Stephen, and Fr Djordje Veselinovic, SOYA NSW Spiritual Advisor and host priest. Present also was the SOYA National President, Pedja Srebro. The tireless members of the local "Mother Jugovich" Circle of Serbian Sisters prepared a lovely lenten meal that was enjoyed by all present.
On the occasion of the national holiday – the Liberation Day of the Greeks from Turkish rule and the Liberation uprisings from 1821, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej served on 23 March 2014 the Divine Liturgy with Thanksgiving at the Patriarchate chapel of Saint Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher in Belgrade.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 18 & 19, 2014 His Grace, Bishop Maxim and the Clergy of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America gathered at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in San Gabriel, California for the Annual Lenten Clergy Confession & Retreat.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Mr. Tomislav Jovanovic, Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development at the Serbian Patriarchate today, on 18 March 2014.
The same day Serbian Patriarch Irinej recieved Mr. Milovan Bjelica, president of the Municipality of Sokolac with associates.
Marking of the 10th anniversary of the March Pogrom began with the memorial service which was served by His Grace Teodosije of Raska-Prizren in the church of Saint Nicholas in Pristina yesterday, on 17 March 2014.
After the memorial service for the Pogrom victims Bishop Teodosije also reminded of the suffered Orthodox churches, Serbian homes and the expulsion of more than 4000 Serbs from Kosovo and Metohija.