Biography of newly-elected Bishop of Central Europe, Archimandrite Sergije (Karanovic)

The rite of consecration of newly-elected Bishop of Central Europe Sergije will take place at the Cathedral church of Holy Archangel Michael in Belgrade on 26 July 2014. His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej will celebrate the solemn Hierarchal Divine Liturgy in this Cathedral church.

The solemn rite of the enthronement into the throne of bishops of Central Europe will be performed at the Monastery of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in Himmelsthür on  September 7th, 2014.

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The newly-elected Bishop of Central Europe Archimandrite Sergije (Karanovic) was born on 4 July 1975 in BackaPalanka, and was baptized as Zoran. His family originate from Boboljusci, near Martin Brod. He finished primary school in his native town, and in 1990, with the blessing of His Grace Bishop Irinej of Backa he attended the Seminary of Three Holy Hierarchs at Krka Monastery, Dalmatia. He finished school with great success in 1995, during the civil war in Croatia, before the suffering and exodus of the Serbs from Krajina. The same year he received blessing and a canonical release from Bishop Irinej of Backa and was accepted to the Diocese of Bihac-Petrovac, which suffered from the war destruction, in autumn 1995.

Serbian Bishop Andrej of Austria-Switzerland enthroned in Vienna

The Sunday, 20 July 2014, was a special day for the Serbs and the Serbian Orthodox Church in Vienna. The first time in history the new Diocese founded by the decision of the Holy Assembly of Bishops got the Diocesan Bishop, who is going to take care about Church and spiritual life of his congregation in this Diocese.

Since the early morning guests and pious people were arriving to the churchyard of the Resurrection church to welcome His Holines Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, with Their Eminences Metropolitans and Their Graces Bishops from the homeland. Both priests and monks, all gathered in one Spirit, today occupied the church yard and the church of the Resurrection  of Christ.

Audiences at the Serbian Patriarchate - 22 July 2014

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej received Professor Dr. Victor Tvircun, Secretary General  of the Organization of the Black See Economic Cooperation at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade today.

Serbian Patriarch Irinej received also today a delegation of the Scouts of Serbia, led by its President Mr. Branko Davidovic. 

Liturgy for 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Synaxis of the Holy, glorious and all praised Twelve Apostles

Liturgy for 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Synaxis of the Holy, glorious and all praised Twelve Apostles
Liturgy for 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Synaxis of the Holy, glorious and all praised Twelve Apostles
Liturgy for 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Synaxis of the Holy, glorious and all praised Twelve Apostles
Liturgy for 5th Sunday after Pentecost and Synaxis of the Holy, glorious and all praised Twelve Apostles

It was a very beautiful and quite hot morning on July 13, 2014 in the Great Central Valley when His Grace, Bishop Maxim, arrived at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Fresno, California. The bells were ringing, the altar boys were smiling, and the choir was singing as the parish clergy greeted His Grace. Father George Gligich held the gospel with Deacon John Davis censing as the procession moved through the center of the church surrounded by a large, enthusiastic, and overjoyed crowd consisting of both regular parishioners and visitors. Our dear Bishop venerated the most holy relics of St. Peter and St. Paul, which were present thanks to the goodness of Father Gustavo Lopez of San Joachim Catholic Church in Madera, who brought them and stayed for Liturgy in honor of our church’s feast day. The entrance and vesting prayers preceded a blessing from His Grace and the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. From the first to the concluding prayer, our beloved Bishop presided over a Liturgy full of the beauty, power, and grace of God apparent to all and made possible only by the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Living the Divine Liturgy

The St. Elijah the Prophet church-school congregation organized a summer camp on the beautiful church grounds, on which the magnificent cathedral church dominates, from July 7-12, 2014. This was yet another wonderful spiritual gathering, where the Christian youth, through the selfless work of the teachers,had the opportunity to absorb the various beauties which our spiritual tradition, history and culture have to offer. The central idea which led to the organizing of the camp was founded on the desire that our youth learn the good news of God and that through their fellowship with one another they experience the joy of the living Orthodox faith.