His Holiness Irinej, Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of
Belgrade-Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch, in capacity of the
administrator, visited the Diocese of Middle Europe for the second time
in the last two months.
His Holiness arrived in Frankfurt on Wednesday, 27 March, at the airport
where he was welcomed by bishop’s deputy, protopresbyter-stavrophor
Milan Pejic and the head of Frankfurt’s church protonamesnik Simon
Turkic. Following the arrival, Serbian Patriarch visited a new church
building of our Holy Church in Frankfurt. The clergy of the Diocesan
deanery for South Germany and many believers gathered at the church to
welcome the Patriarch.
After the cordial reception, the Patriarch continued his visit with his
entourage to Himmelstier, the seat of the Diocese of Middle Europe.
On Thursday, 28 March, after morning service, His Holiness addressed the
gathered priesthood before their Sacrament of confession.
In morning hours, after submitting their reports of the diocesan dean on
life and the work of the parishes and church-school congregations in the
Diocese of Middle Europe in the previous year, the clergy participated
in the discussion on many issues regarding life and work of the parish
priests in modern conditions.
On Friday morning, Serbian Patriarch served the Holy Liturgy of
Presanctified gifts with the concelebration of local priests.
At 10 a.m. the working session of the Diocesan administration committee
of the Diocese of Middle Europe began.