Central celebration of the jubilee of the Serbian Church in Australia

Central celebration of the jubilee of the Serbian Church in Australia
Central celebration of the jubilee of the Serbian Church in Australia
Central celebration of the jubilee of the Serbian Church in Australia
Central celebration of the jubilee of the Serbian Church in Australia

Eight hundred years of the autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church and seventy years since the establishment of the organized church life on the territory of the Metropolitanate of Australia-New Zealand where celebrated conciliarly in the most solemn and pan-Orthodox way in the chapel of the College of Saint Sava in Varoville, Sidney on 7 September 2019.

Bishop Siluan of Australia and New Zealand officiated with the concelebration of Bishop Jacob of Miletoupolis (Ecumenical Patriarchate), Metropolitan Basil (Patriarchate of Antioch), Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, father Peter – representative of the Bishop Michael (Romanian Patriarchate), the most distinguished guest from Imperial laura of the Monastery of Chilandar Archimandrite Metodije and clergy of the Metropolitanate of Australia-New Zealand.

850th anniversary of Nemanja’s endowments

850th anniversary of Nemanja’s endowments
850th anniversary of Nemanja’s endowments
850th anniversary of Nemanja’s endowments
850th anniversary of Nemanja’s endowments

The central celebration of the jubilee of 850 years of Nemanja’s endowments (foundations) was held in the  monastery of Saint Nicholas in Kursumlija on 14th and 15th September 2019, under auspices of the Orthodox Diocese of Nis and the Municipality of Kursumlija.

In the courtyard of the monastery of Saint Nicholas in Kursumlija, one of the oldest endowments of Great Zupan Stefan Nemanja, later Saint Simeon, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was officiated by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral on Sunday 15th September 2019.

College student retreat 2019 – Midwest Diocese

The day started off with registration and pitch-in luncheon. Following lunch there were three short but profound presentations on faith and science. At 5 PM we all went to Vespers at the St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville to be blessed by our first Bishop on this continent – St. Mardarije, whose incorrupt relics are at the monastery. Surrounded by one of the oldest cemeteries in United States, we realized it needed some TLC, so we went around collecting 30 bags of trash. We were then invited for a pizza dinner at our bishop’s home across the street. We had the most amazing time with Bishop Longin, who spent over an hour answering questions after which he offered a great message to the young people, asking them never to forget who they are, where they come from and where they are going, while always making an effort to keep both their body and their soul clean and pure. After arriving back to the New Gracanica Monastery, we sat down in a circle playing guitar, singing songs, and recited poetry. The night continued on with a discussion of several controversial topics.