From Vidova to the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church: Who was Patriarch Irinej?

His pious parents Zdravko and Milijana Gavrilovic from the village of Vidova near Cacak - and with them the entire Serbian family - were blessed the by the Lord, on August 27, 1930, with the birth of a male child whose baptismal name was Miroslav.
He finished elementary school in his native village and high school in Cacak and the Theological School in Prizren, Kosovo and Metohia. Thereupon he graduated from the Faculty of Theology in Belgrade.
After completing his military service, he was appointed professor of the Prizren Theological School, but before accepting the appointment he received monastic tonsure in the monastery of Rakovica, n. Rakovica, by the Serbian Patriarch German, receiving the monastic name Irinej, in October 1959.
On the Holy and Great Friday of the same year, he was ordained a hieromonk in the church of Ruzica, Belgrade. As professor at the Prizren Theological School, he spent some years at postgraduate studies in Athens.
He was appointed principal of the Monastic School in the Ostrog monastery in 1969, from where he returned to Prizren to the position of Principal of that famous Theological School.

Enthronement of the Patriarch EPA/KOCA SULEJMANOVIC

On January 22, 2010, at the meeting of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, he was elected Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovac and Patriarch of Serbia.
In 2012, he was awarded the Charter of the Association of Writers of Serbia. Also, for the merits done towards the Royal House, for the national and common good, in 2013, Prince Alexander II Karadjordjevic decorated Patriarch Irinej with the Royal Order of the Grand Cross of Karaore's Star.
He was an honorary citizen in Zemun.
In September 2015, the...

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