NEWS AND EVENTS - Thursday, March 3, 2011
MEETING OF PATRIARCH IRINEJ WITH METROPOLITAN JONAH AND OCA DELEGATION
Libertyville, IL - On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, His Holiness
Serbian Patriarch Irinej met with a delegation of the Orthodox Church
in America headed by His Beatitude Metropolitan Jonah of America and
Canada in the Episcopal Residence at St. Sava Monastery in
Libertyville, Illinois. His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and
Midwestern-America (SOC), His Grace Bishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and
Eastern Pennsylvania (OCA) and Bishop-Elect of Chicago and the Midwest
Archimandrite Matthias (OCA) also were present at the meeting.
The OCA delegation was warmly welcomed by Patriarch Irinej. The
meeting lasted just under two hours in a spirit of brotherly love and
trust. Several topics were discussed, including church order on the
North American Continent, pastoral issues and other matters concerning
the church life of both Churches.
At the end of the meeting, His Holiness gifted Metropolitan Jonah
with a commemorative book of the iconography of Holy Resurrection
Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, and His Beatitude gifted
Patriarch Irinej with several newly published books by St. Vladimir’s
After the meeting, the OCA delegation was taken on a tour of St.
Sava Monastery and New Gracanica Monastery in Third Lake, Illinois,
where the members venerated the local holy sites.