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Jefrem (Milutinović) of Banja Luka

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Bishop '''Jefrem (Milutinović)''', Bishop of Banja Luka, '''(Serbian: Јефрем Милутиновић, Православни Епископ Бањалучки)''' is the sixth [[Church of Serbia|Serbian Orthodox]] [[bishop]] in the city of Banja Luka in the Republic of Serbia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. He was born on [[April 15]], 1944 , in the village of Busnovi near the city of Prijedor, today in the Republic of Serbia[[w:Republika_Srpska|Republik Srpska]], Bosnia, and Herzegovina.
==Life==
Jefrem Milenko Milutinović attended elementary and high school in his native village and in the nearby town of Sanski Most. He became a [[monk]] in the [[Monastery]] of Liplje on [[July 9]], 1967. Jefrem He finished studies at the Theological [[Seminary]] in the Monastery of Krka in Dalmatia in 1971 and at the Theological Academy in Moscow in 1975. He then graduated from the [[Moscow Theological Academy and Seminary|Moscow Academy ]] with work on the teachings of St. [[Basil the Great]] (on monasticism), and he earned the title of "Candidate of Theology." He was [[tonsure]]d ''Jefrem'' in the Liplje Monastery in 1967. He was [[ordination|ordained]] as a [[hierodeacon]] by His Grace Andrej, Bishop of Banja Luka, on [[January 14]], 1968 , and as [[hieromonk]] on [[Pentecost]], [[July 14]], 1970, both in the [[Cathedral]] Church of the Holy Trinity in Banja Luka.
In 1975, the [[Holy Synod]] of the Serbian Orthodox Church appointed him as a teacher at the "[[Three Holy Hierarchs]]" Theological Seminary at Krka Monastery. Eventually Jefrem assumed the duty of being the seminary’s main tutor as well. Hieromonk Jefrem was elected to fill the place of Vicarius, Bishop of Moravice, on [[June 1]], 1978 , and consecrated on [[September 17]] of that same year. His Grace was elected "Bishop of Banja Luka" in May, 1980, and his enthronement took place on [[June 1]]. As bishop of Banja Luka, he succeeded His Grace Bishop Dr Andrej (Frušić), who was elected bishop of Srem. On [[November 2]], 2005, the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church requested that His Grace accept the duty of chairman of the Jasenovac Committee.
==Christ the Saviour Cathedral==
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{{succession|
before=?|
title=Bishop of Moravice-Vicar|
years=1978-1980|
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{{succession|
before= [[Andrej (Frusic) of Banja Luka|Andrej]]|
title=[[List of Metropolitans and Bishops of Banja Luka|Bishop of Banja Luka]]|
years=1980-present|after= Incumbent—}}{{end box}}
[[Category:Bishops]]
[[Category:20th-21st-century bishops]]
[[Category:Bishops of Banja Luka]]
[[Category:Bishops of Moravice]]

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