Serbian Patriarch Irinej in monastery of Holy Transfiguration at Milton
His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, as administrator of the Diocese of Canada, has been paying his second canonical visit to Canada. Patriarch Irinej arrived on Saturday, 12 September 2015. On the next day, on Sunday, September 13th, His Holiness celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the monastery of the Holy Transfiguration of the Lord, the residence seat of the Diocese. He was concelebrated by clergy of the Diocese of Canada.
His Holiness Irinej officiated at the Cathedral church of Saint Sava in New York on 12 September 2015.
Serbian Patriarch Irinej was concelebrated by Their Graces Bishops Mitrophan of Eastern America, Justin of Zica and Maxim of Western America, as well as by many Orthodox priests from New York. Patriarch Irinej delivered a sermon. An agape of love and a special program were prepared. Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America and the principal of the Cathedral church Revd. Djokan Makstorovic greeted His Holiness. To memorize this visit, Patriarch Irinej received an encolpion as a gift.
The Serbian Sisters celebrated their slava, the Nativity of the Theotokos, on Sunday September 20.
The Holy Hierarchical Liturgy was served by His Holiness the Patriarch of Serbia and Administrator of the Canadian Dioses Irinej. Serving alongside His Holiness were: archpriest Vasilije (Gavrilovic), V. Rev. Steva Stojisavljevic, V. Rev. Vojislav Pavlovic, and protodeacon Damjan Bozic. Our choir Stevan Mokranjac responded to the Liturgy.
Chicago, IL--The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America convened its sixth annual meeting Tuesday, September 15 in Chicago, IL with 45 hierarchs in attendance. The day began with a celebration of the Divine Liturgy at St John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Des Plaines, IL.
Archbishop Demetrios, Chairman of the Assembly, opened the meeting. His remarks can be read here in their entirety. General business followed, including acceptance of the minutes from Assembly V, a financial report from the Assembly’s treasurer, Metropolitan Antony, and brief reports from the Secretary of the Assembly, Bishop Basil, and the Chairman of the Committees, Bishop Maxim. Metropolitan Antony reported that a budget shortfall is expected and expressed his hope that the hierarchs would seek donations from the faithful to meet the shortfall. Bishop Maxim called attention to the committees that have been particularly active to-date: Agencies and Endorsed Organizations, Canonical Regional Planning, Ecumenical Relations, Financial Affairs, Legal Affairs, Pastoral Practice, Monastic Communities, and Youth.
Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, visited the church of Saint John the Baptist in Paterson, on 10 September 2015
His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of East America welcomed Patriarch Irinej and Bishops Justin of Zicha and Maxim of Western America. A large congregation expressed their joy at meeting the Patriarch at the Doxology that was served by the principal of the church protopresbyter Vladislav Radujkovic and protodeacon Damjan Bozic. The principal of this church delivered a welcome speech. His Holiness addressed the present bishops, clergy and the faithful.
On 11 September 2011, on the feast of the Beheading of John the Baptist, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the church of Holy Great Martyr George at Elisabeth.
He was concelebrated by Their Graces Bishops Nicholai of Manhattan (the Russian Orthodox Church), Mitrophan of East America, Justin of Zica and Maxim of Western America, as well as by a great number of Orthodox priests from New York.