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.

Biography of Bishop Electus Jovan of Slavonia

New Elected Bishop Jovan (Culibrk) was born on April 16, 1965 in Zenica. He finished a high school and the grammar school in (Bosanska) Gradiska. He studied South-Slavic languages and literatures  at the universities in Banja Luka and Zagreb, where he graduated at the  Department for stylestics  with a work on Milos Crnjanski for which he received the Branko Award of Matica Srpska in 1991 (today this work is within the book Black Sun, and a circle around it - Stvaranje, Podgorica, 2001 - it is being used at posdgraduate studies). 

He studied theology at Faculties of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade and Srbinje, where he graduated with a work on Nikon the Jerusalemite.  He  attended postgraduate  studies on Jewish culture at the Yad Vashem Memorial and at the Jewish University in Jerusalem; he was the winner of the 2004 Golda Meir Award.  He defended his master thesis at Dr David Bankier, the chief of the International Institute for holocaust research at Yad Vashem. He is preparing now a PhD thesis on the same subject together with Dr Yoav Gelber. He speaks English, Russian and Hebrew, also knows German, Greek and several Slavic languages.