Serbian Orthodox Church
The Commemoration of St. Mardarije (December 12), began on Sunday, 12/11/16, with Hierarchical Liturgy at Holy Resurrection Cathedral, Chicago celebrated by Metropolitan Amfilohije (Montenegro and Coastlands), Bishop Longin (New Gracanica-Midwest America), Bishop Maxim (Western America), Bishop Irinej (Eastern America) and Bishop Kirilo (of Diocletia, assistant administrator of South America) along with Cathedral clergy Fr. Darko Spasojevic, Fr. Radovan Jakovljevic, Protodeacons Milovan Gogic, Pavle Starcevic and deacons Nenad Jakovljevic and Jovan Anicic.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received the Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament Nikolaos Voutsis with associates at the Serbian Patriarch on 14 December 2016.
His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Toplica celebrated his Patron Saint-day, the Holy father Nicholas of Myra the Wonderworker at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade on 19 December 2016.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch cut the slava cake with Bishop Arsenije and present guests (photо gallery).
On the occasion of the feast day of Saint NIcholas, Their Graces Bishops Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina and retired Atanasije celebrated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Tvrdos Monastery on 19 December 2016.
During the Holy Liturgy Bishop Grigorije ordained monk Pavle a hierodeacon. After the blessing of slava cake and wheat, Bishop Grigorije welcomed all the present and congratulated the slava to Bishop Atanasije and all who celebrated it.
His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received principals of primary and secondary schools from the territory of the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovac at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade ,on 15 December 2016. The reception was attended by Minister of Education at the Government of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Mladen Sarcevic.
Afteran introductory welcome oration of His Holiness the Patriarch, protopresbyter-staurophor Professor Dr. Dragomir Sando, the head of the Catechetic committee of the Archdiocese of Belgrade-Karlovac, delivered a keynote address. He reminded that also this year a nice tradition was being continued in the way that His Holiness opened the doors of his residence to the Belgrade school principals in order consider with them the mutual task of educating the young generation.
His Eminence Archbishop of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro Amfilohije, escorted by His Grace Bishop Kiril of Dioclea, arrived in Chicago on 7 December 2016.
The dignitaries were welcomed by His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America at the airport. The next day, on 8 December 2016, Metropolitan Amfilohije and Bishop Kirilo, after a short visit to the monastery of New Gracanica, participated in the meeting of the Council of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church for North and South Africa in the monastery of Saint Sava in Libertyville.