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Annual Meeting of Orthodox Bishops of Canada
Tuesday, June 20, 2017

His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrofan, Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Canada, hosted an annual meeting of the Orthodox Bishops’ Conference in Canada, on June 15, 2017.

The meeting was moderated by Metropolitan Soterios of the Constantinople Patriarchate. The following hierarchs participated in the deliberations of the meeting: Bishop Job (the Moscow Patriarchate), Bishop Iovan Kasian (the Romanian Patriarchate), Bishop Daniel (the Bulgarian Patriarchate), Archbishop Ireneus (the Orthodox Church in America), Bishop Elijah from the Albanian Diocese (the Constantinople Patriarchate), Metropolitan Juriy and Bishop Andrey from the Ukrainian Diocese (the Constantinople Patriarchate), Bishop Christoph (the Constantinople Patriarchate) and Bishop of Gregory of the Carpathian Diocese (the Constantinople Patriarchate). Continue

In Memoriam: V. Rev. Stavrophor Ilija Daikovich
Monday, June 19, 2017

It is with great sadness, yet with hope in the Resurrection, that we share with you the news of the passing of Very Rev. Father Ilija Daikovich, who fell asleep in the Lord June 17, 2017. Father Ilija was born on August 3, 1934 in Drusici, Rijeka Crnojevica Cetinje, Montenegro. He received his theological education in the Seminary in Prizren, Kosovo and in Belgrade, Serbia. He and Protinica Anka were married in 1959 at the Saint Sava Cathedral in New York City, and in 1960, Father Ilija was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and soon after, to the Holy Priesthood.. Father Ilija faithfully served the Serbian Orthodox Church for many decades, and was loved and respected by the countless faithful to whom he ministered during his distinguished priesthood. 
The Pomen Prayer Service will be held on Friday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m., preceded by Visitation at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, June 24, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. followed by the funeral at 10:30 a.m. All services will be held at Saint Steven's Cathedral.

We extend our sincere condolences to his widow Protinica Anka, their children and grandchildren, and the entire Daikovich family.  

With the saints give rest O Christ, to the soul of Your servant, where there is  neither sickness nor sorrow, nor sighing, but everlasting life!
May his memory be eternal!

Four Decades of the Youngstown Church
Wednesday, June 14, 2107

On the Sunday of All Saints, June 11, 2017, His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America made his first canonical visit to the Holy Trinity church-school congregation in Youngstown on the occasion of their Church Slava and the 40th anniversary of the concecration of their church.

This was also a historical moment as it was the first time that both parishes in Youngstown – both dedicated to the Holy Trinity – celebrated their Slava together. In front of the church, the children, with flowers and rose petals, welcomed their archpastor His Grace Bishop Irinej. Blessing all of those in attendance, the Bishop entered the church with the chanting of the hymn to the Most Holy Theotokos and began the Divine Liturgy with the concelebration of V. Rev. Stavrophor Djordje Mileusnic, of the Akron parish, Rev. Dragan Goronjic, dean of the Cleveland Deanery and host priest, Rev. Bosko Stojanovic, of the neighboring Youngstown parish, Rev. Sinisa Hrvacevic, of the Lorain parish, Rev. Vedran Grabic, of the Farrell parish and Deacon Jovan Anicic, director of Christian Education for the Diocese of Eastern America. Continue

Communique of the Holy Assembly of Bishops
Friday, May 26, 2017

The public communique of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church from their regular meeting held at the Patriarchate of Pec monastery and Belgrade May 14-24, 2017

The regular meeting of the Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church began at the Patriarchate of Pec monastery with the joint serving of the holy hierarchical Divine Liturgy and the invocation of the Holy Spirit and continued at the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade, under the presidency of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej. Participating in the Assembly were all diocesan hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church with the exception of Bishop Lukijan of Osijek and Baranja, who for health reasons was unable to attend.Continue

Opening of the Relics of St. Mardarije of America and Canada
Wednesday, May 10, 2017

With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, the relics of St. Mardarije, which have laid in the Church of St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, Illinois, since his internment in December 1935, were uncovered. The opening revealed St. Mardarije’s holy relics to be incorrupt.

On Thursday, May 4, 2017, His Grace Bishop Longin served Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Monastery with Sindjel Serafim (Milojkovic), Priest Nikolaj Kostur and Hierodeacon Nektarije (Tesanovic), in preparation for uncovering the relics. Following the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Longin and the other clergy served a Moleban with the Akathist written to St. Mardarije. Upon completion, the crew organized to remove the tombstone and flooring in order to exhume the relics arrived, under the guidance of Mr. Dusan Djordjevic of Sveta Gora Funeral Home in Chicago. After removal of the stone, it was revealed that the casket of St. Mardarije was in a cement vault. This caused the opening to be delayed one additional day in order to organize a team to open the vault. Continue


Announcing Pilrimage to Russia
Friday, January 27, 2017

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