VICARIATE OPERATION IN THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA

Orthodox - Old Catholic General vicariate of St. Methodius was founded on 13.08.2015., by the Decree of His Excellency, monsignor Leonardo Beg, PhD, archbishop of church Province of St. Christophor in charge for Croatia and other States on Balcan.
(take a look here (in serbian)).

After the founding, archbishop Leonardo issued an Edict, by which he proclaimed a Church Constitution of this Vicariate, which is the main canonical act for church-related activities of Vicariate.
(take a look here (also in serbian)).

+ VICARIATE CLERGY IN SERBIA +

+ GENERAL VICAR +
Highly venerable archimandrite
Ilarion (Jovan Mišić)

Archimandrite Ilarion was, during many years, a prior of Orthodox monasteries Grgeteg and Novo Hopovo at mt. Fruška Gora, and their great reformer and contributor. Also, for a few years, he was the head of Monastery Orahovica in Croatia. He was given the rank of archimandrite by the Orthodox bishop of Srem, His Excellency Vasilije, in the Monastery of Novo Hopovo in 1992.

Director of office, priest,
prof. Borivoj Subotić, PhD

Borivoj Subotić is a doctor of mathematics, full professor at the University "Union - Nikola Tesla" in Belgrade. Besides christian theology, he is also interested in asian religions and philosophies. He was ordained deacon on 18.10.2014. in Irig (Serbia), and priest on 22.10.2016. in Osijek (RH), by the hands of Old Catholic bishop Leonardo Beg. He is married, father of four children.

Legal representative - president, deacon
Ilija Subotić, cert. iur.

Ilija Subotić is a student of Mathematical Faculty in Belgrade. During the 2013. and 2014. he finished certificational programme in international law, at University of Louvain (Belgium), as well as a course of criminal psychology in 2015. (University of Queensland, Australia). By the Holy Bishop Synode of Serbian Orthodox Church, he was awarded with a golden medal for icon painting. On 22.10.2016. in Osijek (RH), by the hands of bishop Leonardo, he was ordained deacon.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

C L E R G Y   I N    R E G I O N A L   S T A T E S:

+ OLD CATHOLIC VICARIATE OF ST. METHODIUS, Rab, Croatia +
Istra:

deacon Stjepan Murgić, PhD, Buje
email: smurgic@gmail.com

Prezid:

venerable prof. Ivica Križ, PhD, Prezid
email: ivica.kriz7@gmail.com


+ OLD CATHOLIC CHURCH OF BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA +


+ GENERAL VICAR +
protopresbyter - stavrofor Jozo Kljajić, Tuzla
email: zupnik.kljajic@hotmail.com


+ TRUSTEESHIP FOR SLOVENIA AND SOUTH AUSTRIA (KORUŠKA) +


Archbishop's Trustee
venerable Rinaldo Muzga, Ljubljana
email: rinaldo.diricchardi@hotmail.com

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

National, orthodox Old Catholic churches are exactly that - national. That means that all of its activities and rites must be made available even to the poorest people. Because of that, on the level of our Church Union, therefore in the Orthodox - Old Catholic Vicariate, a mandatory decision was made: every rite must be prefectly free:


Every Vicariate cleric is obligated to conduct that decision
and familiarize the faithful with it before performing Holy Secrets of other rites.

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

You may be wandering: why are fees determined that way?

It is more than welcoma, almost mandatory, that every cleric has its regular job: on example farmer, teacher, officer and etc. Priesthood, like we are taught by the Christ himself, may not be a source of profit: how could we bill the prayer? The gift of the Holy Spirit? In New Testament, the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 10, Christ gives the directions to His dicsiples to heal, persecute unclean spirits and preach, with one very important requirement:

„You received it as a gift, give it as a gift.“ (Mt 10,8)

INFORMATION ABOUT CANONICAL ACCEPTANCE OF CLERICS / CLERICAL CANDIDATES

- ABOUT HOLY ORDER -
Sacrament of Holy Order is God's creation. Those who are ordained, belong to hierarchical part of the Church. Faithful, lay people, by accepting Evangelical advices through their creeds of other connections that Church accepts and confirms, help the saving mission of Church beside not being a part of hierarchy. In that manner, they have a part in Church's life and its holiness, in the service of king's priests, as the opposite of clergy, which belongs to the altar priesthood.

Sveto ređenje, jednom ispravno primljeno, nikada ne može postati neispravno. Every priest, even if he doesn't have the right to free from the sins, correctly conducts the Sacrament of penance in the case of mortal danger of the penant, even if there is a priest with right to conduct a confession, which means that the Sacrament of Holy order cannot ever be lost. Hence, if a priest, because of some reason, gets downgraded to the state of faithful, he cannot truly be a lay man.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Documentation needed for the process of canonical incardination in this Vicariate:

1. Personal talk/personal email correspondation with archbishop;
2. Biography and two photographs (dimensions 5x4cm);
3. Filling in the Application form and a Request for acceptance in clergy/clerical candidates register;
4. Enclosing copies or originals of documents listed below:

----------- Baptism and Confirmation testimony;
----------- Testimony of the First Communion (candidates from Orthodox churches doesn't enclose this document);
----------- Church confirmation of marriage - for those candidates/clerics that are married;
----------- Documents regarding acceptance of Holy Orders - for ordained candidates;
----------- Diploma(s) of the highest finished school;
----------- Decree of excardination, from the previous bishop - for candidates seeking canonical incardination in this Vicariate;
----------- Other diplomas on finished courses or theological programs, if a candidates has them.
5. Signed Nickea-Constantinople's Creed of faith;
6. A letter written letter to archbishop (that should contain circumstances in which canonical acceptance is requested):

----------- A letter of application in clerical candidates
----------- A letter of forgiveness seeking (if candidate canonicaly belonged to a Church that allows unacceptable things like same-sex marriages, free choice of abortion (except in medicaly needed cases, when mother's life is in danger), or any other deviant things, he is obliged to send a Letter of forgiveness seeking (with other documentation), addressed to archbishop, with the statement that he truly doesn's accept such deviant teachings anymore)
----------- A letter of incardination seeking - filed by a cleric that has the intention to join this Vicariate's jurisdiction.

Documentation shall be sent at the address of Vicariate's headquarters, or it can be personally handed over to Vicariate's representative, in which case a Receipt of received documentation will be issued.

For every further information and procedure initiation, feel free to contact us: contact.