Historic Visit: The First Serbian Patriarch visits Montreal

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, administrator of the Diocese of Canada, visited on Thursday, June 18, 2015 the city of Montreal. During this visit the Serbian Patriarch visited the Holy Trinity church-school congregation.

This is the first time in the history of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Diocese of Canada that a first hierarch of our church visited Montreal and the Serbian community that has existed here since 1954.

Patriarch Visits St. Sava Church in London, Ontario

His Holiness Serbian Patiarch Irinej, administrator of the Diocese of Canada, visited the St. Sava Church in London on Wednesday, June 18, 2015.

London is a city in the Canadian province of Ontario. It is located between lakes Huron and Erie, half way between Detroit and Toronto. It is one of the industrial centers of the province. Important industries include the auto industry (locomotives, military vehicles, car parts), biotechnology and information technology. The international airport of London is located 10 kilometers from the city. The first fort here was built in 1826, whileLondon has had the status of a city since 1855.

Patriarch Irinej at Assumption of the Most Holy Theotokos Church "Grachanica" in Windsor

On Tuesday His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, administrator of the Diocese of Canada, visited the Assumption of the Most Holy Theotokos Church in Windsor after visiting the other Windsor church, St. Demetrius.

The clergy from the Serbian, Bulgarian, Greek, Russian and Antiochian Orthodox Churches welcomed the Serbian Archpastor with many faithful. The youngest welcomed His Holiness with song, donned in Serbian folk dress, and greeting the patriarch with bread and salt.  The welcome was beautiful.

Patriarch Irinej at Saint Sava in Vancouver

Patriarch Irinej at Saint Sava in Vancouver
Patriarch Irinej at Saint Sava in Vancouver
Patriarch Irinej at Saint Sava in Vancouver
Patriarch Irinej at Saint Sava in Vancouver

After the Holy Hierarchical Liturgy at St. Archangel Michael, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej, administrator of the Diocese of Canada, visited the oldest church in Vancouver, dedicated to the first Serbian Archbishop, St. Sava.

The welcome at the church was magnificent: many of faithful from Vancouver and surrounding areas welcomed the first heirarch of the Serbian Church with joy and love.

Patriarch Irinej in Vancouver

On Saturday, June 13, 2015 His Holiness Patriarch Irinej, administrator of the Diocese of Canada, arrived in Vancouver, British Columbia. Vancouver is the largest city in the western part of Canada, and the largest and busiest port is found in this city.

His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej was welcomed by a large number of faithful and clergy at the airport. Long time parish priest in Vancouver, V. Rev. Stavrophor Miroslav Dejanov, and V. Rev. Malis Milovanovic, parish priest of St. Archangel Michael in Vancouver, V. Rev. Stavrophor Drago Knezevic and Fr. Marko Radmanovic from St. Sava in Vancouver. Accompanying His Holiness were the Episcopal deputy V. Rev. Stavrophor Vasilije Tomic and Protodeacon Damjan Bozic and Milan Lesic, president of the St. George church-school congregation in Kitchener. His Holiness spent the rest of the evening with the clergy. The conversation was cordial and filled with understanding in regards to the new situation.