New Carlisle, In - On the eve of St. Stephen the Protomartyr and Archdeacon His Grace Bishop Longin of the New Gracanica Diocese, accompanied by hierodeacon Seraphim (Baltic), arrived at the Nativity of the Mother of God Patriarchal Monastery in New Carlisle, Indiana.
On the following day Bishop Longin officiated at the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. After the reading of the Prayer before the Ambon Bishop Longin, on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle and the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church, elevated Mother Macrina to the rank of Abbess of the Monastery.
The bishop, in his message, sincerely congratulated Abbess Macrina as well as Archimandrite Gavrilo and the sisterhood on the appointment of the new abbess of the monastery saying that it is his belief that the preceding Abbess of the monastery Evpraksija, of blessed memory, would be joyful on the occasion of this new elevation.
Lunch was served in the monastery trapeza afterwards.