Vicentius (Prodanov) of Serbia

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His Holiness Vikentije (Prodanov) (also Vicentius; in Serbian: Викентије (Проданов), Милошћу Божијом православни Архиепископ пећки, Митрополит Београдско-Карловачки и патријарх српски) was Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church from 1950-1958.

Early life

He was born as Vitomir (Bитомир) into the family Đorđe (Ђорђе) and Jelka (Јелка), August 24, 1890, in Bačko Petrovo Selo. He finished primary school in his birthplace in 1901. He graduated from Grand Serbian Orthodox Gimnasium in Novi Sad in 1909. He continued his education in the Serbian Orthodox Theology School in Sremski Karlovci, graduating in 1913. He was a teacher in his birthplace for a couple of months. Georgije (Letić), Bishop of Temišvar, appointed him as consistorial subnotary of Diocese of Temišvar on June 1, 1917. He took monastic vows in Bezdin Monastery August 18 (August 5, Old Style) in front of Archimandrite Isak (Došen). He was ordained a deacon on September 12 by Bishop Georgije. He was transfered to the post of consistorial notary of the Diocese of Bačka 1919. He was raised to ranks of protodeacon and archdeacon. From 1921-1932 he was the secretary of the executive board of monasteries in Karlovci Metropolitanate. He continued his education at the Philosophical Faculty in Belgrade and graduated in 1929 for National and Byzantine History. He was ordained a hieromonk on October 18/31, 1929, and raised to the rank of archimandrite on November 20/December 3. He was elected as Secretary General of the Sentence Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1932. He remained in this position until he was elected as vicar bishop of Marča, June 21/July 4. He was ordained by Patriarch Varnava and bishops Irinej of Bačka, Serafim of Raška and Prizren, Sava of Srem, and Platon of Moravice.

As Bishop

He remained vicar bishop until 1939. He was elected Bishop of Zletovo and Strumica. He also was given administration of the Diocese of Ohrid and Bitola 1940. He was exiled from Zletovo by Bulgarian fascists. After the war, the Communist regime did not allow him to return. The Communists wanted to create a Macedonian Orthodox Church. He was administrator of Diocese of Žiča (1947-1951) by wish of St. Nikolaj, and of the Diocese of Srem (1947-1951).

As Patriarch

Bishop Vikentije was elected Patriarch of Serbia July 1/14, 1950. He visited several other national churches in order to strenghthen ties which had weakened during the war. He put enormous energy into trying to resolve the problem of Pension Security funds for priests. Patriarch Vikentije did not want to approve the foundation of so called Macedonian Church. He was an eminent historian and a member of the Society of Historians of Vojvodina. He was editor-in-chief of their gazette.

He died under mysterious circumstances, after a session of the holy assembly of bishops. The assembly rejected suggestions of regime to approve the foundation of the Macedonian church. However, his death seemed not to be natural. He died on July 5, 1958. His remains are buried in the tomb of Metropolitan Mihajlo in the Cathedral Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Beograd.

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Vicentius (Prodanov) of Serbia
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Bishop of Marča - Vicar
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Bishop of Zletovo and Strumica
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Patriarch of Serbia
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