Jefrem (Milutinović) of Banja Luka

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Bishop '''Jefrem (Milutinović)''' of Banja Luka, '''(Serbian: Јефрем Милутиновић, Православни Епископ Бањалучки)''' is the sixth [[Church of Serbia|Serbian Orthodox]] [[bishop]] in the city of Banja Luka in the Republic of Serbia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina.  He was born on [[April 15]], 1944, in the village of Busnovi near the city of Prijedor, today in the [[w:Republika_Srpska|Republik Srpska]], Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  
Bishop of Banja Luka Jefrem (Milutinović) was born on April 15 1944 in the village of Busnovi near city of Prijedor, today in Republic of Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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==Life==
Elementary and high school he finished in his native village and in nearby town of Sanski Most. He became a monk in the Monastery of Liplje on July 9 1967. Bishop Jefrem finished studies at the Theological Seminary in the Monastery of Krka in Dalmatia in 1971 and at the Theological Academy in Moscow in 1975.Bishop Jefrem graduated on the Academy in Moscow with work The Teaching of Saint Basil the Great on Monasticism and earned title “Candidate of Theology”. He was ordained as hierodeacon by Bishop of Banja Luka Andrej on January 14 1968 and as hieromonk on Pentecost, July 14 1970, both in the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity in Banja Luka.
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Milenko Milutinović attended elementary and high school in his native village and in the nearby town of Sanski Most. He became a [[monk]] in the [[Monastery]] of Liplje on [[July 9]], 1967. He finished studies at the Theological [[Seminary]] in the Monastery of Krka in Dalmatia in 1971 and at the Theological Academy in Moscow in 1975. He then graduated from the [[Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary|Moscow Academy]] with work on the teachings of St. [[Basil the Great]] (on monasticism), and he earned the title of "Candidate of Theology." He was [[tonsure]]d ''Jefrem'' in the Liplje Monastery in 1967. He was [[ordination|ordained]] as a [[hierodeacon]] by His Grace Andrej, Bishop of Banja Luka, on [[January 14]], 1968, and as [[hieromonk]] on [[Pentecost]], [[July 14]], 1970, both in the [[Cathedral]] Church of the Holy Trinity in Banja Luka.
Holy Synod of the [[Serbian Orthodox Church]] appointed him 1975 as teacher at the “The Holy Three Hierarchs” Theological Seminary at Krka Monastery. In the course of time, Bishop Jefrem resumed duty of Seminary’s main tutor as well. Hieromonk Jefrem was elected for Vicarius Bishop of Moravice on June 1 1978 and ordained on September 17 same year. For Bishop of Banja Luka he was elected in May 1980 and on June 1 his enthronement took place.
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In 1975, the [[Holy Synod]] of the Serbian Orthodox Church appointed him as a teacher at the "[[Three Holy Hierarchs]]" Theological Seminary at Krka Monastery. Eventually Jefrem assumed the duty of being the seminary’s main tutor as well. Hieromonk Jefrem was elected to fill the place of Vicarius, Bishop of Moravice, on [[June 1]], 1978, and consecrated on [[September 17]] of that same year. His Grace was elected "Bishop of Banja Luka" in May, 1980, and his enthronement took place on [[June 1]].  As bishop of Banja Luka, he succeeded His Grace Bishop Dr Andrej (Frušić), who was elected bishop of Srem. On [[November 2]], 2005, the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church requested that His Grace accept the duty of chairman of the Jasenovac Committee.
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==Christ the Saviour Cathedral==
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He put enormous energy in rebuilding and recovery of his [[diocese]], that was largely destroyed in World War II by Croatian fascists and in the post-war period by communists. The crown of all his efforts was the rebuilding of the old [[cathedral]] of Christ the Saviour.  The cathedral was initially destroyed by German and Croatian fascists in 1941.  After the war, the remnants of the cathedral were removed by the communists who didn't allow it to be rebuilt until 1991.  Now the cathedral church is almost completed, and the first [[Divine Liturgy]] took place in September 2004.
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Revision as of 11:51, March 11, 2012

Bishop Jefrem (Milutinović) of Banja Luka, (Serbian: Јефрем Милутиновић, Православни Епископ Бањалучки) is the sixth Serbian Orthodox bishop in the city of Banja Luka in the Republic of Serbia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. He was born on April 15, 1944, in the village of Busnovi near the city of Prijedor, today in the Republik Srpska, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Life

Milenko Milutinović attended elementary and high school in his native village and in the nearby town of Sanski Most. He became a monk in the Monastery of Liplje on July 9, 1967. He finished studies at the Theological Seminary in the Monastery of Krka in Dalmatia in 1971 and at the Theological Academy in Moscow in 1975. He then graduated from the Moscow Academy with work on the teachings of St. Basil the Great (on monasticism), and he earned the title of "Candidate of Theology." He was tonsured Jefrem in the Liplje Monastery in 1967. He was ordained as a hierodeacon by His Grace Andrej, Bishop of Banja Luka, on January 14, 1968, and as hieromonk on Pentecost, July 14, 1970, both in the Cathedral Church of the Holy Trinity in Banja Luka.

In 1975, the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church appointed him as a teacher at the "Three Holy Hierarchs" Theological Seminary at Krka Monastery. Eventually Jefrem assumed the duty of being the seminary’s main tutor as well. Hieromonk Jefrem was elected to fill the place of Vicarius, Bishop of Moravice, on June 1, 1978, and consecrated on September 17 of that same year. His Grace was elected "Bishop of Banja Luka" in May, 1980, and his enthronement took place on June 1. As bishop of Banja Luka, he succeeded His Grace Bishop Dr Andrej (Frušić), who was elected bishop of Srem. On November 2, 2005, the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church requested that His Grace accept the duty of chairman of the Jasenovac Committee.

Christ the Saviour Cathedral

He put enormous energy in rebuilding and recovery of his diocese, that was largely destroyed in World War II by Croatian fascists and in the post-war period by communists. The crown of all his efforts was the rebuilding of the old cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The cathedral was initially destroyed by German and Croatian fascists in 1941. After the war, the remnants of the cathedral were removed by the communists who didn't allow it to be rebuilt until 1991. Now the cathedral church is almost completed, and the first Divine Liturgy took place in September 2004.

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Jefrem (Milutinović) of Banja Luka
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Bishop of Moravice-Vicar
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1980-present
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