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Vicentius (Prodanov) of Serbia

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{{english}}His Holiness '''Vikentije (Prodanov)''' , (also '''Vicentius''; ', in Serbian: '''Викентије (Проданов)'''), Archbishop of Pec, Милошћу Божијом православни Архиепископ пећкиMetropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac and Patriarch of Serbia, Митрополит Београдско-Карловачки и патријарх српски) was [[Patriarch]] of the [[Church of Serbia|Serbian Orthodox Church]] from 1950 to 1958.
== Early life ==
He Bitomir Prodanov was born as Vitomir (Bитомир) into the family Đorđe George (Ђорђе) and Jelka (Јелка)Prodanov, on [[August 24]], 1890, in Bačko Backo Petrovo Selo. He finished completed his primary school education in his birthplace Backo Petrovo Selo in 1901. He graduated from Bitomir then attended the Grand Serbian Orthodox Gymnasium in Novi Sad graduating in 1909. Vitomir He continued his education in the Serbian Orthodox Theology School in Sremski Karlovci, graduating in 1913. He was then returned to Backo Petrovo Selo as a teacher in his birthplace, Bačko Petrovo Selo, for a couple of several months. On [[June 1]], 1917, Bishop Georgije (Letić), Bishop of Temišvar, appointed him consistorial subnotary of for the [[Diocese]] of Temišvar on .  On [[June 1August 18]], 1917. He , he took [[monasticism|monastic]] vows in Bezdin Monastery [[August 18]] ([[August 5]], Old Style) in front of before [[Archimandrite]] Isak (Došen) and was given the name Vikentije. He was [[ordination|ordain]]ed a [[deacon]] on [[September 12]] by Bp. Georgije. In 1919, Dn. Vikentije was transferred to the post of consistorial notary of the Diocese of Bačka in 1919. He was raised to ranks the dignity of [[protodeacon]] and then [[archdeacon]]. From 1921 to 1932 he served as secretary of the executive board of [[monastery|monasteries]] in Karlovci Metropolitanate. He continued his education at the Philosophical Faculty in Belgrade, graduating in 1929, having studied studying National and Byzantine History. He graduated in 1929. On [[October 31]], 1929, Dn. Vikentije was ordained a hieromonk . Then on [[October 18]]/[[October 31|31December 3]], 1929, and he was raised to the rank of archimandrite on [[November 20]]/[[December 3]]. He  In 1932, Archim. Vikentije was elected Secretary General of the Sentence [[Synod ]] of the Serbian Orthodox Church in 1932. He remained in this position a short time until he was elected [[vicar bishop]] of Marča, [[June 21]]/on [[July 4]]. He was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated ]] by Patriarch Varnava and Bishops , assisted by Bps. Irinej of Bačka, Serafim of Raška and Prizren, Sava of Srem, and [[Platon of Banja Luka|Platon]] of Moravice.
== As Bishop ==
Bp. Vikentije remained a vicar until 1939 when he was elected Bishop of Zletovo and Strumica. He In 1940, he was also assigned as administrator of the Diocese of Ohrid and Bitola . After the Germans and Bulgarians occupied the diocese in 1940. He 1941, he was exiled from Zletovo by Bulgarian fascists. After World War II, the Communist regime did not allow him to return from exile as the Communists wanted to create a Macedonian Orthodox Church separate from the Church of Serbia. He During this oeriod he was administrator of Diocese of Žiča from 1947 to 1951 by wish 1950, during the absence of St. Nikolaj[[Nikolai Velimirovic|Nikolai]], and as well as of the Diocese of Srem (1947-1951).
== As Patriarch ==
Bp. Vikentije was elected Patriarch of Serbia on [[July 1]]/[[July 14|14]], 1950. He visited several other national local churches in order to strenghthen strengthen ties which that had been weakened during the war. He put placed enormous energy into trying to resolve the problem of Pension Security funds for [[priest]]sof the patriarchate. Patr. Vikentije was strongly opposed to the foundation of the so called Macedonian Church. He was an eminent historian and a member of the Society of Historians of Vojvodina. He was as well as editor-in-chief of their its gazette.
Patr. Vikentije died on [[July 5]], 1958 under mysterious circumstances after a session of the holy assembly of bishops. The at which the assembly rejected suggestions of from the communist regime to approve the foundation establishment of the a Macedonian church. His death seemed not to be natural. He died on [[July 5]], 1958. He was buried in the tomb of Metr. Mihajlo in the [[Cathedral]] Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in BeogradBelgrade.
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