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== Early life ==
The future patriarch was born in Donja Morača and given the [[baptism]]al name
"Đorđe. " He graduated from [[seminary]] in Prizren in 1901 and then obtained a theology doctorate in Athens in 1904. Next he was [[tonsure]]d as seminarian and [[ordain]]ed a [[priest]] on [[March 4]]/[[March 17|17]], by Bishop Nikanor of Niš in Sićevac Monastery. Gabriel then became Secretary General of [[Chilandari Monastery (Athos)|Hilandar Monastery]], reporting to the Serbian embassy in Constantinople. He also visited Switzerland and France in order to study French.
Gabriel was elected Metropolitan of Raška and Prizren on [[December 4]]/[[December 17|17]], 1911. He served this [[see]] until 1913, when he was transferred to the see of Peć. He was elected Metropolitan of Montenegro and Coastlands on [[November 17]]/[[November 30|30]], 1920.
== Patriarch ==
He was elected patriarch on [[February 21]]/[[March 6]], 1938. As a new patriarch, he was very successful in resolving problems. His first step was reconciliation between
Synod and Governmant. Patr. Gabriel also put much effort into building a campus for students of the Orthodox Theological Faculty of Belgrade University. He continued the building of St. Sava Temple ; all Serbian bishops gave large donations to this project. Also, some bishops from the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]] and the [[Church of Bulgaria]] gave significent donations. He was an outspoken critic of Nazism, so he, together with St. Nikolaj, was arrested. He was first put under house arrest in the [[monastery|monasteries]] of Rakovacia and Vojlovica, and later in Dachau. After the war he was not permitted to come back until [[November 14]], 1946. He created six new [[diocese]]s after the war and put a lot of effort into dealing with the new regime. He died on [[May 7]], 1950. His remains are buried in Belgrade Cathedral Church together with those of Princes Miloš and Mihajlo.
[[Category:Patriarchs of Serbia]]