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Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch


Porfirije

Archbishop of Peć, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci, and Serbian Patriarch
Patrijarh srpski Porfirije.jpg
Porfirije in February 2021
Native name
Порфирије
ChurchSerbian Orthodox Church
SeeBelgrade
Elected18 February 2021
Installed19 February 2021 (Belgrade)
TBD (Peć)
PredecessorIrinej
Orders
Ordination21 November 1990
by Irinej Bulović
Consecration13 June 1999
by Pavle
RankPatriarch
Personal details
Birth namePrvoslav Perić
Born (1961-07-22) 22 July 1961 (age 59)
Bečej, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
NationalitySerbian
DenominationEastern Orthodoxy
ResidenceKovilj (1990–2014)
Zagreb, Croatia (2014–2021)
Previous postMetropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana (2014–2021)
Titular Bishop of Jegar (1999–2014)
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade
University of Athens

Porfirije (Serbian Cyrillic: Порфирије, English: Porphyrius; born Prvoslav Perić; born 22 July 1961) is the head of the Serbian Orthodox Church. He was the Metropolitan bishop of Zagreb and Ljubljana of the Serbian Orthodox Church, from 2014 to 2021. Before that, he was titular bishop of Jegar between 1999 and 2014.

Early life and education

Porfirije was born as Prvoslav Perić (Serbian Cyrillic: Првослав Перић) on 22 July 1961, in the town of Bečej, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia (now in Serbia), to Radojka and Radivoj Perić. His family has roots in Derventa, Bosnia and Herzegovina.[1]

He finished primary school in Čurug, and the Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj Gymnasium in Novi Sad. He was ordained a monk at Visoki Dečani monastery on 21 April 1985, receiving the monastic name of Porfirije (from Greek: Πορφύριος, Porphýrios; English: Porphyry, /ˈpɔːrfɪri/).[2]

In 1986, Porfirije earned his bachelor's degree in Orthodox theology from the University of Belgrade, when Bishop of Raška and Prizren (future Serbian Patriarch) Pavle ordained him a hierodeacon at the Holy Trinity Monastery in Mušutište, SAP Kosovo.[3] He attended postgraduate studies at the University of Athens from 1986 until 1990. He earned a doctorate in Athens in 2004, with thesis the Possibility of knowability of God in St. Paul's understanding according to the interpretation of Saint John Chrysostom.[2]

Porfirije speaks Serbian, Greek, English, German and Russian.[4]

Hegumen of Kovilj Monastery and Bishop of Jegar (1990–2014)

On 6 October 1990, upon the blessing of Bishop Irinej Bulović of Bačka, Porfirije joined the Kovilj Monastery in Kovilj, near Novi Sad. On 21 November 1990, he was ordained as hieromonk and became hegumen of the Kovilj Monastery.[5]

Many young monks and novices came to the Kovilj Monastery following him. These were the times when the monastery had become a spiritual center for many young people: intellectuals, artists, actors and rock musicians, especially from Novi Sad and Belgrade. Since then Porfirije has particularly dealt with patients suffering from drug addictions.[6]

On 14 May 1999, the Bishops' Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected Porfirije as the titular bishop of Jegar, and appointed vicar to the Eparchy of Bačka.[2]

In 2005, Porfirije formed a therapeutic community called Zemlja živih (transl. The Land of the Living), which is recognized as an successful project for drug rehabilitation. Under the leadership of Porfirije, it has more than a hundred residents in camps throughout Serbia at the time being.[6]

In 2010, the Bishops' Council entrusted Porfirije to establish military chaplaincy in the Serbian Armed Forces.[7][8] He was the military chaplain until 2011, whereupon he was a coordinator for cooperation between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian Army.[9]

Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana (2014–2021)

In May 2014, Porfirije was elected Metropolitan bishop of Zagreb and Ljubljana succeeding Jovan Pavlović, and enthroned by Patriarch Irinej on 13 July in Zagreb, Croatia.[10]

The Sankt Ignatios College awarded him the Order of St. Ignatius for his contribution to the reconciliation of the nations in the Balkans, on 16 February 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.[11]

In 2016, Porfirije attended a gathering of Serbian priests in Chicago, where along with other priests, he was filmed singing a song dedicated to the Chetnik commander Momčilo Đujić. This drew criticism from the Croatian public and Porfirije later apologized for this act with an explanation that he did not have “influence to all circumstances”, and that “certain media manipulated this event". Also, he stated "that someone these days contributing with outpouring intolerance towards the Serbs, as well as to the deepening of the divide between Croats and Serbs”.[12]

Porfirije was a member of the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church between 2017 and 2019.[13]

When Patriarch Irinej fell ill in 2019, Porfirije was seen as one of the main candidates for the position of the next Serbian Patriarch.[14]

During his post as Metropolitan, he tried to "build bridges" between Serbs and Croats. He was a visiting professor at Roman Catholic faculties and established good relations with high-ranking members of the Catholic clergy.[15]

Serbian Patriarch (2021–present)

Styles of
Serbian Patriarch Porfirije
Reference styleHis Holiness
Spoken styleYour Holiness
Religious stylePatriarch

Election

External video
video icon Enthronement to the new Serbian patriarch on 19 February 2021, Tanjug News Agency

Porfirije was elected Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church on 18 February 2021 at the Bishops' Council's convocation in the Church of Saint Sava, three months after the death of previous patriarch, Irinej, becoming the 46th Serbian Patriarch.[16][17][18][19] With 31 out of 39 votes, he was the first of three leading candidates with the most votes from the 30 bishops eligible in the Serbian Orthodox Church, along with Bishop Irinej of Bačka who won 30 votes and Bishop Jefrem of Banja Luka who won 24 votes.[20] In the final phase, the envelope with his name was pulled between three of them from the Gospel by Archimandrite Matej of Sisojevac Monestery.[21] In this way, the Serbian Orthodox Church believes the patriarch is elected by divine intervention, sidelining human interests.[22]

Inauguration

Porfirije was enthroned on 19 February 2021 in St. Michael's Cathedral in Belgrade.[23] The inauguration was attended by numerous government ministers of Serbia, representatives of churches and religious communities in Serbia, and various politicians including Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. The ceremony was also attended by Milorad Dodik the Chairman and the presiding Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, by Željka Cvijanović the President of Republika Srpska (Serb-majority entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina), by the Apostolic Nuncio Luciano Suriani, by Archbishop Stanislav Hočevar, the Catholic archbishop of Belgrade and many other dignitaries such as Prince Filip Karađorđević, a member of the House of Karađorđević.[24][25]

The date of the Porfirije's enthronement to the ancient throne of the Serbian patriarch in the Patriarchate of Peć Monastery will be announced.[23]

As Serbian Patriarch, Porfirije becomes the head of the Bishops' Council and the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

Civic service

Porfirije has been the president of the Privrednik Foundation (Serbian: Srpsko privredno društvo Fondacija "Privrednik") in Novi Sad, since 2002.[26] He was the Council President of the Regulatory Authority of Electronic Media (Serbian: Regulatorno telo za elektronske medije) in Serbia, from 2008 to 2014.[27] He resigned as the Council President following his election to the Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana.[28]

Honours

  • Award of the Sankt Ignatios College in Stockholm (Sweden) for 2016, awarded "for his contribution to the reconciliation of the people in the Balkans and his dedicated work on promoting unity among Christians"[29][30]
  • The recognition of the Association for Religious Freedom in the Republic of Croatia for 2019, for his peaceful contribution to the promotion of the culture of dialogue and religious freedoms[29]

Selected works

Books
  • Face to Face – Biblical-Pastoral Reflections on God, Man and the World, Belgrade/Zagreb, 2015[29]
  • Wisdom in the Secret Hidden – Essays on the Theology of Paul the Apostle, Belgrade, 2020[29]
Articles

See also

References

  1. ^ "Oslobođenje - SPC dobila novog patrijarha: Ko je Porfirije Perić". www.oslobodjenje.ba (in Bosnian). 18 February 2021. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b c "Biography of newly-elected Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb-Ljubljana". spc.rs. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Manastir Kovilj". manastiriusrbiji.com. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  4. ^ Serbia, RTS, Radio televizija Srbije, Radio Television of. "Биографија митрополита Порфирија, новог патријарха СПЦ". www.rts.rs. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  5. ^ "Mitropolit zagrebačko-ljubljanski Porfirije". p-portal.net. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  6. ^ a b Aleksandra Mijalković (20 August 2017), "Zanimljiva Srbija - Manastir Kovilj: Za monahe dom, za zavisnike mesto nade", Politika-Magazin, No. 1038 (in Serbian), pp. 20–22
  7. ^ "Porfirije, episkop vojni". e-novine.com. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  8. ^ "Oficir i sveštenik". arhiva.portalnovosti.com. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  9. ^ "Porfirije je novi mitropolit zagrebačko-ljubljanski". tportal.hr. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  10. ^ "Enthronement of His Grace Bishop Dr. Porfirije of Jegar to the throne of Metropolitans of Zagreb-Ljubljana". spc.rs. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  11. ^ "Високо oдликовање митрополиту Порфирију". spc.rs. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  12. ^ Vijesti.hr. "Mitropolit Porfirije objavio da žali zbog pjevanja četničke pjesme". Vijesti.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  13. ^ "Communique of the Holy Assembly of Bishops". spc.rs. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  14. ^ Miladinović, Veljko (16 October 2019). "Ruska agencija tipuje na Irineja Bulovića za sledećeg patrijarha SPC, ali tvrde i da Vučić ima svog kandidata..." Nedeljnik. Retrieved 31 October 2020.
  15. ^ "Šta znači izbor Porfirija na mesto patrijarha Srpske pravoslavne crkve". BBC News na srpskom (in Serbian). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  16. ^ "Metropolitan Porfirije of Zagreb and Ljubljana elected for a new Patriarch of Serbia". spc.rs. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  17. ^ "Metropolitan Porfirije Of Zagreb And Ljubljana Elected For A New Patriarch Of Serbia". cordmagazine.com. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  18. ^ "Serbian Church Elects Patriarch Deemed Close to President". balkaninsight.com. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  19. ^ "Serbian Orthodox Church elects new patriarch". reuters.com. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  20. ^ "Kako se glasalo: Porfirije imao glas više u odnosu na Irineja bačkog". rs.n1info.com. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  21. ^ "OVO JE MONAH KOJI ĆE IZVUĆI IME NOVOG PATRIJARHA: Otac Matej je poznat kao veliki duhovnik, iz jevanđelja će izvući koverat". novosti.rs. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  22. ^ "UŽIVO Porfirije novi srpski patrijarh, oglasila se zvanično SPC FOTO/VIDEO". b92.net. Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  23. ^ a b "His Holiness Porfirije, Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci and Serbian Patriarch enthroned". spc.rs. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  24. ^ "UŽIVO Ustoličen patrijarh; "Nemam se čime pohvaliti osim slabostima svojim" FOTO/VIDEO". b92.net. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  25. ^ "BLOG uživo – patrijarh Porfirije: Neću se baviti strančarenjem, Kosovo je zavet". rs.n1info.com. Retrieved 19 February 2021.
  26. ^ "About Privrednik Foundation". fondprivrednik.org.rs. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  27. ^ "Smijenjeni čelnici RRA Cekić i Vasić". nezavisne.com. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  28. ^ "Goran Karadžić novi predsednik Saveta RRA". mondo.rs. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
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  30. ^ "Високо oдликовање митрополиту Порфирију | Српскa Православнa Црквa [Званични сајт]". spc.rs (in Serbian). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  31. ^ Maribor, IZUM-Institut informacijskih znanosti. ""E ágápe õs sýndesmos ginóskontos kaí ginoskoménoy :: COBISS+". plus.sr.cobiss.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  32. ^ Maribor, IZUM-Institut informacijskih znanosti. "Kosovo je naš krst :: COBISS+". plus.sr.cobiss.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  33. ^ Maribor, IZUM-Institut informacijskih znanosti. "Pastirsko prisustvo crkve u srpskom narodu tokom Prvog svetskog rata :: COBISS+". plus.sr.cobiss.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  34. ^ Maribor, IZUM-Institut informacijskih znanosti. "Pavlovo poimanje pravednosti Božje u tumačenju Svetog Jovana Zlatoustog :: COBISS+". plus.sr.cobiss.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  35. ^ Maribor, IZUM-Institut informacijskih znanosti. "Misionarski i pastirski rad Svetoga Save :: COBISS+". plus.sr.cobiss.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  36. ^ Марибор, IZUM-Институт информацијских знаности. "Есхатологија апостола Павла: посланицe Солуњанима и Коринћанима :: COBISS+". plus.sr.cobiss.net (in Serbian). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
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Eastern Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Irinej
Serbian Patriarch
2021–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Jovan Pavlović
Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana
2014–2021
Vacant
New title Titular bishop of Jegar
1999–2014
Succeeded by
Jeronim Močević
Civic offices
Preceded by
Nenad Cekić
Council President of
the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media

2008–2014
Succeeded by
Goran Karadžić
Non-profit organization positions
Preceded by
N/A
President of the Privrednik Foundation
2002–present
Incumbent

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