NEWS AND EVENTS - Thursday, February 17, 2011
PATRIARCH ARRIVES IN CHICAGO
Chicago, IL - On Wednesday, February 16, 2011, His
Holiness IRINEJ, Serbian Patriarch, arrived in Chicago in the evening
hours. His Holiness was met by His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica
and Midwestern America, Consul General Desko Nikitovic of the Consulate
of the Republic of Serbia in Chicago, members of the clergy of the
Metropolitanate of Libertyville and Chicago and the Diocese of New
Gracanica and Midwestern America and the Sisterhood of the Nativity of
the Mother of God Stavropigial Monastery in New Carlisle, Indiana.
Upon arrival at O’Hare International
Airport, His Holiness traveled to Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox
Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois, where a Doxology (Service of
Thanksgiving) was served in honor of the arrival of the Patriarch. His
Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland (Russian Orthodox Church Abroad) also
met the Patriarch at the Cathedral.
After the Doxology, His Grace Bishop
Longin welcomed His Holiness to Chicago and asked that the Patriarch
bestow his Patriarchal blessing upon the Christ-loving Serbian Orthodox
Faithful of Chicagoland and the entire territory of the Diocese of New
Gracanica and Midwestern America.
In response to Bishop Longin’s greeting,
His Holiness thanked Bishop Longin and the clergy of the Cathedral and
the Diocese for their warm welcome. His Holiness spoke of his joy in
visiting Chicago, the need for continued unity in the homeland and
Diaspora, as well as the importance for the Serbian Orthodox Faithful
outside of Serbia to hold on to its roots and faith, because our faith
is the most important part of our existence.
Following the Patriarch’s message, those
in attendance proceeded to the hall for a small reception in honor of
the Patriarch’s arrival.