In presence of Patriarch of Jerusalem and All Palestine Teophilos III, Serbian Patriarch Irinej, Archbishop Anastasios of Albania, representatives of all Local Orthodox Churches, other Christian confessions, Islamic Community, representatives of the diplomatic corps, political and cultural life and many thousands of Orthodox believers, a solemn academy was held at the plateau of the Cathedral church of Saint John Vladimir in Bar, on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the repose of the saint, in the evening on 24 September 2016.
The solemn lecture was held by the Vicar Bishop of Metropolitan of Montenegro, His Grace Kirill of Dioclea.
His Beatitude Patriarch Teophilos of Jerusalem and All Palestine Teophilos III, accompanied by His Eminence Archbishop Aristarch of Constantina, arrived on 24 September at 5 pm in Bar, Montenegro, on the occasion of the consecration of the Cathedral church of Saint John Vladimir. At the same time His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, also arrived, accompanied by Bishops Joanikije of Budimlje-Niksic and Dositej of Britain-Scandinavia.
As an emissary of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, Metropolitan Emanuel of France, arrived to the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral on the occasion of this magnificent event. Bishop Jovan of Banat, who also came to Bar, conveyed a blessing from His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania. The Primate of the Albanian Orthodox Church Archbishop Anastasios arrived the same day at the border crossing Sukobin, where he was welcomed by Bishop Kirilo od Dioclea with the clergy of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral and professor of the Seminary of Cetinje Apolon Miscenko.
While paying a canonical visitation to the Diocese of Canada, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, in the presence of many Hierarchs, enthroned the former Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America as Diocesan Bishop of Canada, on the Sunday of the 18th September 2016.
With God's help the fiftieth anniversary of the St. Demetrios church-school congregation in Windsor was celebrated. Parishioners, together with the clergy, deacons and readers, welcomed His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej who was accompanied by Bishop Vasilije of Srem, Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwest America, Bishop Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla and the newly elected Bishop Mitrophan of Canada, who on the following day, September 18, 2016, will be enthroned in Mississauga as the local bishop of the Diocese of Canada.
Preperations for the celebration of the fiftieth parish anniversary have been underway for months. The church board led by the parish priest as well as all the parishioners and church organizations worked day and night in order to make this day all the more special. The St. Demetrios parish church was consecrated in 1966 and since then it has served as a place of regular services, where generations are saved through their Holy Serbian Orthodox Church. In the parish there is an active church choir that beautifully sings at every service, the "Majka Jugovic" Kolo Sestara, there is a Church School with 40 children where, apart from the catechism, Serbian language is taught as well as Serbian history. There is also a folklore group "Mlada Srbadija".
Your Eminence, Archbishop Paul of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese, Your Graces: Bishop Iakovos of Greek Orthodox Arhdiocese of Australia, Bishop George of Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, Bishop Suriel of Melbourne and Bishop Daniel of Sydney of the Coptic Orthodox Church, Very reverend fathers, Fr. Michael Protopopov, Fr. Ljupco and all other brothers clergy here present, The Honourable Ms Upton, Attorney General, Your Excellencies, Mr. Petrovic, Serbian Ambassador to Australia and Mr. Radosevic, Consul general of the Republic of Serbia, Ladies and gentlemen, Dear brothers and sisters,
After almost 10 full years of a dedicated service to God and Christ's Holy Church, after 10 years of a fruitful leadership as the head of our local Church and most prominent leader of our Serbian community in Australia and New Zealand, His Grace Bishop Irinej is about to leave us and take up a new appointment in His home country of America.