His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Porfirije arrived in New York today, accompanied by Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Velibor Dzomic and Protodeacon Dragan Radic, for his first primatial visit to the United States.
He was formally welcomed at JFK by His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Canada, a member of the entourage who arrived a day earlier from Toronto, Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Dr. Zivojin Jakovljevic, the dean of the St. Sava Cathedral in New York City, Protonamesnik Rev. Milan Dragovic, parish priest, members of the church baord led by president Veljko Dobrijevic, parishioners and children from the St. Sava Cathedral in New York.
In accordance to old folk custom, preserved and nurtured among New York's Serbs, the children welcomed their Patriarch dressed in Serbian folk costumes, greeting him with bread and salt.
Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Dr. Zivojin Jakovljevic, upon receiving a blessing from His Holiness, on behalf of the New York Serbs, welcomed the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the spiritual father of Orthodox Serbs worldwide, regardless where they might live, expressing his conviction that His Holiness' visit will further strengthen the spiritual unity and harmony of the Serbian people on the North American continent.
During the afternoon hours, His Holiness visited the Cathedral Church of St. Sava in Manhattan, which burned down on Pascha 2016, after which he met with members of the Church Executive Board of the St. Sava Serbian Cathedral.