Serbian Orthodox Church
The Patriarch visited the Saint Athanasius Coptic Theological College. Visits to churches in Adelaide and the skete of the Holy Mother of God in Inglewood. Serbian Patriarch in Sidney. The visit to the parish on the Central Coast. Welcome at Greek monasteries.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej, accompanied by Metropolitan Amfilohije and Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand, visited the Saint Athanasius Coptic Theological College (SACOTC) in Donvale on 8 March 2016. Serbian Patriarch Irinej held a lecture on the topic of the role of the Church in modern trends to attending representatives of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Church, the native – Coptic Church, professors and lecturers at this College, which are in the same time eminent representatives of the University in Melbourne.
On Thursday, March 3, 2015, His Grace Bishop Maxim visited the St. Herman of Alaska Monastery in Platina, California, and St. Xenia Skete in nearby Wildwood, together with an honored guest, Protopresbyter Vasileios Thermos of Athens, Greece.
This is Fr. Vasileios’ second pilgrimage to the St. Herman Monastery, his first being two years ago, with his presbytera. Fr. Vasileios is a priest of the Church of Greece. Together with his priestly ministry in Athens, he is a practicing psychiatrist, and is Professor of Pastoral Theology and Psychology at the University Ecclesiastical Academy in Athens. The author of many books and articles, he has offered programs and retreats in Greece, the United States, Albania, and Cyprus.
His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana visited the Greek Orthodox Church from 27-28 February 2016. On this occasion he participated in the symposium which was organized by the church of Saint Parascheva.
The symposium titled “Love and marriage” was held on 27 February 2016. Besides His Eminence Metropolitan Porfirije, His Eminence Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Chalkis, retired professor of the University of Athens protopresbyter George Metalinos as well as other eminent lecturers participated in the work of the symposium.
Visit to Anglican Cathedral church in Melbourne. - Interview for the national radio SBS. - Socializing with young people from the “SOYA” Youth Association.
On Monday, 7 March 2016, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, visited, with his entourage, the Anglican Cathedral church in Melbourne. On behalf of His Grace Archbishop of Melbourne Philip Freier, the highest delegation of the Serbian Orthodox Church was welcomed by Dean of Melbourne, Very Revd. Dr. Andreas Loewe. In a cordial conversation, they reminded of mutual cooperation and fraternal relations promoted between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Church of England, particularly during the time of Bishop Nikolaj Velimirovic.
His Beatitude Neophyte, Patriarch of Bulgaria, is currently paying an official visit to Moscow, upon the invitation of the Russian Patriarch Kirill and of professor Valery Arkadyevich Alekseyev, president of the International Foundation for the Unity of the Orthodox Peoples, according to the official website of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.
The purpose of this five-days visit (from 7 to 13 March 2016) is the giving out of the 2015 annual award offered by the International Foundation for the Unity of the Orthodox Peoples to Patriarch Neophyte for “his contribution to the unity of Orthodox peoples and the promotion of Christian moral values in society”.
On Meatfare Sunday, on 6 March 2016, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, consecrated the church of Holy Trinity in Brunswick East with the concelebration of His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral and Their Graces Bishops Longin and Irinej.
The solemn service was attended by a great number of pious parishioners who had given immeasurable contribution to the renovation and decoration of this church, that had been purchased in the 1970s from the Anglican Church. At the end of the Divine Liturgy, His Holiness handed in high medals of the Serbian Orthodox Church and gramatas (gratitude awards) to the most deserving and most committed parishioners, who by their donations and personal endeavors had given an example how to serve their neighbors and participate in liturgical life of the Church.