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Vasilije (Kostić) of Žiča

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His Grace the Right Reverend Dr. '''Vasilije (Kostić)''' (Serbian: '''епископ др Василије (Костић)''') was the Serbian Orthodox [[bishop ]] of Banja Luka (from 1947-to 1961 and of Žiča from 1961) to 1978.  He was born as Tihomir Kostić in Veliki Jovanovac near Pirot. He graduated from the gymnasium in Pirot, from the [[seminary]] in Sremski Karlovci, and from the Orthodox Theological Faculty in Belgrade. He was [[tonsure]]d in Monastery Jošanica as a student. He obtained his theology doctorate in Athens, graduating in 1940. He was [[ordain]]ed [[deacon]] and [[priest]] on [[July 11]] and [[July 12|12]], 1934. Fr. Vasilije was a [[disciple]] of St. [[Nikolai Velimirovic|Nikolaj]] of Žiča . Fr. Vasilije was clerk of sentence Synod, teacher in the monastic school in [[Ostrog Monastery]], and a teacher in the seminaries in Bitola and Prizren. When World War Two broke out, he was arrested together with St. Nikolaj and Patriarch [[Gavrilo V (1961Dozic-1978Medenica)of Serbia|Gavrilo]]The Holy Assembly of Bishops of Serbian Orthodox Church elected him Bishop of Banja Luka during its first post-World War II regular session on [[May 20]], 1947. He was consecrated by [[Patriarch]] Gavrilo and two other bishops. As the communist regime gave him a lot of trouble, the Holy Assembly of Bishops transferred him on [[See]] of Žiča in 1961. There he succeeded the newly elected Patriarch German as Bishop of Žiča. Bishop Vasilije died in 1978.
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after=[[Andrej (Frusic) of Banja Luka|Andrej]]}}
title=Bishop of Žiča|
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[[Category:Bishops of Banja Luka]]
[[Category:Bishops of Žiča]]
[[Category:20th-century bishops]]

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