Milutin (Knezevic) of Valjevo

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His Grace the Right Reverend Milutin (Knežević) of Valjevo is a bishop of the Church of Serbia.

Born in Mijaca, near Valjevo, on January 10, 1949, the future bishop grew up in an Orthodox family. At 14 years of age, in 1963, he went to the Monastery of Kaona. He started attending the monastic secondary school in the Monastery of Ostrog in 1967, and afterwards he returned to Kaona Monastery where he becomes its head and priest.

After undertaking some exams, he enrolled in the Faculty of Theology in Belgrade, afterwards continuing his studies in America, graduating there. For six months he was the secretary of the Diocese of Canada, and for six months he was the parish priest in Niagara.

After this service in North America, Bishop Lavrentije appointed Fr Milutin hierarchal appointee of the Sava/Tamnava region; and in the beginning of 2003, Archimandrite Milutin was appointed hierarchal deputy of Sava/Tamnava. During this time, he was abbot of Kaona Monastery.

In mid-2003, he was appointed Bishop of Australia and New Zealand, being consecrated on July 20, 2003, by Patriarch Pavle, with Metropolitans Nikolaj of Dabro and Bosnia, Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Longin of New Gracanica; Bishops Lavrentije of Sabac and Valjevo, Irenej of Nis, Irenej of Backa, Georgije of Canada and Dositej of Scandanavia and Britain. He was enthroned on December 30, 2003, by his predecessor in Australia and New Zealand, Nikanor (Bogunovic), at St Sava's Monastery in Canberra.

In May 2006, Bp Milutin took up the newly-created seat of Bishop of Valjevo.

Bishop Milutin is also known as a writer and theologian, with theoretical articles being published in major theological magazines.


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Milutin (Knezevic) of Valjevo
Preceded by:
Archimandrite Teofil
Abbot of Kaona Monastery
1996-2003
Succeeded by:
Archimandrite Arsenije (Cvetkovic)
Preceded by:
Nikanor (Bogunovic)
Bishop of Australia and New Zealand (Serbian)
2003-2006
Succeeded by:
Irenej (Dobrijevic)
Preceded by:
Bishop of Valjevo
2006-present
Succeeded by:
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