== 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 ==