Serbian Orthodox Church
On Saturday evening, March 16th, His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan was greeted at the airport by St. Simeon Orthodox Church parish priest Protojerej Svetozar Veselinovich, along with Protojerej-stavrophor Lazar Kostur and St. Simeon executive church board president Mr. Predrag Vaskrsic. At the St.Simeon Church hall, the Bishop was welcomed with bread, salt and flowers, followed by a most cordial small reception. This afforded those present the opportunity to pose some questions regarding our Holy Orthodox Faith, which His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan eloquently answered.
The St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Akron, Ohio hosted Lenten Vespers on the Second Sunday of Lent, the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas, for the second group of the Cleveland Deanery. V. Rev. Milovan Katanic of Hermitage, PA, Rev. Milan Pajic, host priest and Rev. Dragan Goronjic of Youngstown served.
Fr. Milovan was the homilist. He spoke of the lenten journey during which time we are called to spiritual podvig. He cited the words of St. Nikolaj of Zicha who wrote once, "Why is that so much is written about the sufferings of holy men and women. Because among the holy are considered victors and can anyone be a victor without battle, suffering....Even in earthly battles we can't consider someone victorious, a hero if they've never been in battle...."
On Sunday of Orthodoxy, on the 14th anniversary since the beginning of the NATO military operation against Serbia and Montenegro, Orthodox believers gathered at the house of St. Nicholas parish of the Moscow Patriarchate in Reykyavik where the Divine Liturgy was celebrated. Believers of Serbian, Russian, Ukrainian, Belarus, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Romanian, Polish and Icelandic origin attended the memorial service for the victims of the NATO bombing served by the head of the parish, priest Timofei Zolotuski.
After the session of the Diocesan administration board and the Diocesan council of the Diocese of Middle Europe in Himmelstier, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, visited on 30 March 2013 the Serbian Orthodox church-school congregation in Wupperthal, North-Rhine Westphalia on his way to Belgrade.