Biography of newly-elected Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana

Newly-elected Metropolitan Dr. Porfirije (Peric) of Zagreb-Ljubljana was born on 22 July 1961 in Becej, northern Serbia, and was baptized as Prvoslav. He finished primary school in Curug, and the “Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj” Grammar school in Novi Sad. He was ordained a monk according to the rite of small schime by his spiritual father, then hieromonk Dr. Irinej (Bulovic), at Decani Monastery in 1985.

He graduated from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade in 1986, when the then Bishop of Raska-Prizren Diocese, future Serbian Patriarch Pavle of blessed memory, ordained him a hierodeacon at the monastery of Holy Trinity in Musutiste, Kosovo and Mectochia.

He attended postgraduate studies in Athens from 1986 until 1990. That year, upon the blessing of Bishop Dr. Irinej of Backa, he joined the monastery of Holy Archangels in Kovilj, near Novi Sad, where he was ordained as hieromonk and became its abbot.

Vidovdan Address of Saint Nikolaj Velimirovic, 1916

On June 28th 1916, now Sainted Bishop Nikolaj Velimirović addressed a congregation gathered at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London at the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury. 

Gentlemen and friends,

I am coming from Serbia, from European “midnight”. There is no ray of light, not a single trace. All the light went from the ground to the sky and the sky is the only place where the light is coming from. Nevertheless, we that are weak in everything are strong in faith and hope that dawn will soon arrive. I am grateful to Lord Archbishop, Randall Cantuar, that allowed me, on this holy day, Vidovdan, year of Our Lord 1916, in this beautiful church of Saint Paul, to address his majesty, King George V and the most prominent Englishmen.

Biography of newly-elected Bishop Sergije (Karanovic) of Middle Europe

Biografie des neugewählten Bischofs der serbischen Diözese für Mitteleuropa Sergiје (Karanović)

Der neugewählte Bischof der serbischen Diözese für Mitteleuropa, Sergiје (Karanović), wurde am 4. Juli 1975 in Bačka Palanka (Serbien) geboren und erhielt bei der Taufe den Namen Zoran. Seine entschlafenen Eltern Petar und Mika (geborene Benić) stammten aus dem Ort Boboljusci in der Nähe des heutigen Martin Brod in Bosnien Herzegowina.

Nach der achtjährigen Grundschule, welche er in seinem Geburtsort Bačka Palanka absolvierte, wurde er 1990 mit dem Segen seiner Exzellenz Herrn Irinej, Bischof von Bačka, in das Priesterseminar „Heilige drei Hierarchen“ des Klosters Krka (Mitteldalmatien im heutigen Kroatien) aufgenommen.

Biography of His Grace Hilarion, Bishop Electus of the Timok Diocese

The newly-elected Bishop of Timok Hilarion (Golubovic) was born in Zajecar in 1974. He finished primary school and the Electrical Engineering High School in Zajecar, whereupon he joined the monastery of Crna Reka where he spent some time getting acquainted with monastic life until he was conscribed to the army in September 1993. After his army service he joined the Bukovo monastic brotherhood in 1994.

Ilarion was tonsured in 1997, and ordained as hierodeacon im May of the same year, and as hieromonk on the feast day of Saint Nicholas, the Patron Saint-day of the church, 19 December 1997. He was promoted to the abbot of the Bukovo monastery in 1998. He was awarded with the rank of protosyncellos in 2002 as well as of that of an archimandrite in 2006. Since 2009 he has performed responsibly of the deputy of the bishop.

Father Hilarion restored the refectory of the monastery, so to say, with his own hands. Beside his monastic obediences, he is also active as iconographer, wood carver and carpenter. He spends his spare time dealing with documentary and artistic photography.

Biography of the newly-elected Bishop Justin of Žiča

His Grace newly-elected Bishop Justin (Stefanović) of Žiča was born on 26 May 1955 in Čačak and was baptized as Miroslav. He finished primary and secondary schools, as well as the Faculty of Economy in Belgrade. His monastic life began in the monastery of Crna Reka in 1980 where he was tonsured in 1983 by Bishop Pavle of Raska-Prizren, later Serbian Patriarch.

Along with his monastic duties, he enrolled in the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade and graduated in 1987. In Athens he absolved postgraduate studies at the School of Theology of the University of Athens. In 1991 he became an abbot of the monastery of Crna Reka.

On 27 May 1987, during the ordinary convocation of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the SOC, he was elected Vicar Bishop of Hvosno and appointed as deputy of the sick Bishop Milutin of Timok with all rights and duties of a diocesan bishop. The ordination (cheirotony) was performed in the Sopoćani monastery on the feast-day of Saints Cosmas and Damian, on 14 July 1992. Serbian Patriarch Pavle officiated the ordination with the concelebration of a number of bishops.