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His Grace Bishop Georgije

 
His Grace Bishop Georgije (Djokic) was born in G. Crnjelovo near Bijeljina, Republika Srpska, in 1949 on the feastday of St. George the Great Martyr. Besides his pious parents, father hadzi-Krsta and mother Krunija, he also has a brother Konstantin, bishop of Central Europe; Ljubomir, a priest in Vrsanima, near Bijeljina and sister Nadezda, a sister at the Tavna Monastery.

In 1962 he left for the Tavna Monastery and continued his preparation for serving God at the Ozren, Kosijerevo, Transfiguration (Ovcar Banja), Savina and Studenica monasteries.

In Monastery Ostrog he finished the monastic school (the first post-war generation). He was tonsured at Ozren Monastery on February 11, 1971. On the twelvth of February, on the feastday of the Holy Three Hieararchs, he was ordained into the deaconate and on the feastday of the Presentation of the Lord, 15 February, he was ordained as heiromonk. Bishop Longin appointed him as spiritual father of the Tavna Monastery, from where he finishes Seminary (St. Arsenius) in Sremski Karlovci and the Theological Faculty in Belgrade. His postgraduate studies he continued at Loughborough University in England.

He was elected bishop on May 16, 1984. He was consecrated on July 8, 1984 at the Cathedral Church in Belgrade by Serbian Patriarch German of blessed memory, Bishop Miltun of Timok and Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla.

In the newly-formed diocese of Canada numerous churches have been consecrated under his leadership, along with the first monastery in Canada. He founded the Federation of the Circle of Serbian Sisters, brought many priests, founded the "ISTOCNIK" diocesan magazine as well as many other publishing endeavors, he founded the Library of the Holy Transfiguration of our Lord.

He tirelessly works at overcoming the schism and its affects on the Serbian church and is in charge of a number of actions for the assistance of Serbs in the Fatherland as well as enlighting the public media on the truth about the war in the former Yugoslavia and the sufferings of the Serbian people.

Source: www.istocnik.com




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