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Vicentius (Prodanov) of Serbia

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 His Holiness '''Vikentije Vicentius (Prodanov)''', (also in Serbian: '''VicentiusВикентије (Проданов)''', in Serbian: - '''Викентије Vikentije (ПродановProdanov)'''), was Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac and Patriarch of Serbia, was [[Patriarch]] of the [[Church of Serbia|Serbian Orthodox Church]] from 1950 to 1958.
== Early life ==
Bitomir Prodanov was born into the family George (Ђорђе) and Jelka (Јелка) Prodanov, on [[August 24]], 1890, in the village of Backo Petrovo Seloin then the Austria-Hungary Empire. He In 1901, he completed his primary education in Backo Petrovo Selo in 1901. Bitomir and then attended entered the Grand Serbian Orthodox Gymnasium in Novi Sad graduating from which he graduated in 1909. He continued his higher education in the Serbian Orthodox Theology School in Sremski Karlovci, graduating in 1913. He then returned for a several months to Backo Petrovo Selo as a teacher for a several months. On [[June 1]], 1917, Bishop Georgije (Letić) of Temišvar appointed him consistorial subnotary for the [[Diocese]] of Temišvar .
On [[August 18]], 1917, he Bitomir took [[monasticism|monastic]] vows in Bezdin Monastery before [[Archimandrite]] Isak Issac (Došen) and was given the name VikentijeVicentius. He was [[ordination|ordain]]ed a [[deacon]] on [[September 12]] by Bp. Georgije. In 1919, Dn. Vikentije Vicentius was transferred to the post of consistorial notary of the Diocese of Bačka. He was raised to 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 During this time he continued his education at the Philosophical Faculty in Belgrade studying National and Byzantine History. He graduated in 1929. On [[October 31]], 1929, Dn. Vikentije Vicentius was ordained a hieromonk. Then and, then on [[December 3]], he was raised to the rank of archimandrite.
In 1932, Archim. Vikentije Vicentius was elected Secretary General of the Sentence [[Synod]] of the Serbian Orthodox Church. He remained in this position for only a short time until before he was elected [[vicar ]] [[bishop]] of Marča, on [[July 4]], 1932. He was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated]] by Patriarch Varnava, 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 Vicentius remained a vicar until 1939 when he was elected Bishop of Zletovo and Strumica. In 1940, he was also assigned as administrator of the Diocese of Ohrid and Bitola. After the Germans and Bulgarians occupied the diocese in 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. During this oeriod he From 1947 to 1950, Bp. Vicentius was administrator of Diocese of Žiča from 1947 to 1950, during the absence of St. [[Nikolai Velimirovic|Nikolai]], as well as of and the Diocese of Srem.
== As Patriarch ==
Bp. Vikentije Vicentius was elected Patriarch of Serbia on [[July 14]], 1950. He visited several other local churches in order to strengthen ties that had been weakened during the war. He placed enormous energy into trying to resolve the problem of Pension Security funds for [[priest]]s of the patriarchate. Patr. Vikentije Vicentius was strongly opposed to the foundation splitting of the so called Serbian church and the creation of a Macedonian Church. He was an eminent a historian and a member of the Society of Historians of Vojvodina as well as . He also was editor-in-chief of its gazette.
Patr. Vikentije Vicentius died on [[July 5]], 1958 under mysterious circumstances after a session of the holy assembly of bishops at which the assembly rejected suggestions from the communist regime to approve the establishment of a Macedonian church. He was buried in the tomb of Metr. Mihajlo in the [[Cathedral]] Church of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in Belgrade.
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