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[[Archimandrite]] The Rt. Rev. Dr. '''Andrew (Vujisić)''' is , ''légalement'', Dr. '''Zoran Vujisić''', FRAS, FRSA, FRSPH, MRSNZ, MRSSAf, CFT, was an [[Archimandrite]] of the [[bishopGreek Orthodox]]-elect Archdiocese of TrallesMexico, with the responsibility of establishing and administering pan-Orthodox communities in Central America, South America, and the Islands of the Caribbean and Archiepiscopal Vicar with responsibility for the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]]General Secretariat for Pan-Orthodox Ministries.
==Life==Archimandrite Andrew (born '''Zoran Vujisić''' on January 30In 2017, 1957) is the first child of the late Vojislav he and Sofia Vujisić (''née'' Jovović). He is a Montenegrin of his parish left the ''Moračani'' clan, and is a close relative of Orthodox Church to be an Eastern Rite Catholic parish[[Amfilohije_(Radovic)_of_Montenegro_and_Litoral|Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral]]. He lived in the former Yugoslavia until he was 12 years old. In 1969, his family moved to West Germany, where he lived for one year before migrating to Australia. He is fluent in Serbian, English, and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Romanian, Hungarian, and Serbian.
He completed his undergraduate studies at Thomas Edison State College==Early Life==Zoran Vujisić, and earned his Licentiate the first child of Orthodox Sacred Theology at the late Vojislav and Sofija Vujisić (née Jovović), was born on [[St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Theological Seminary (South Bound Brook, New Jersey)|St Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox SeminaryJanuary 30]]. He also completed a M.A. Ed. degree, with Honors1957, at the University of Phoenix; a D. Min. in Marriage and Family Therapy (''Summa cum laude'') at Southern Christian University; and is a Ph.DMontenegrin of the Moračani clan. He lived in English and Applied Linguistics at Rhodes Universitythe Former Republic of Yugoslavia until he was 12 years old. Recently In 1969, his family moved to West Germany, where he has further earned a Th.Dlived for two years, before immigrating to Australia in 1971. He completed his secondary education in Practical Theology from the University of South Africa with his doctoral dissertation on ''The Impact of Neptic-Psychotherapeutic Treatment on Self-Reported Depressive Symptomatology and Comorbid Anxiety''Greater Western Sydney. He was also elected to "Who's Who Among Students is fluent in American Universities and Colleges" in recognition of his academic accomplishments English, German, Montenegrin, Serbo-Croatian, and scholarshipSpanish.
He returned to Australia in 1981, ==Education==The young Zoran Vujisić completed his undergraduate studies at Thomas Edison State College (US) and after receiving the a Licentiate of Sacred Theology at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox [[monastism|monastic]] [[tonsureSeminary]](US). He later earned an M.A. Ed. (TESL), with Honors, at the Puerto Rico campus of the University of Phoenix. He was also awarded the degree of Doctor of Ministry in Marriage and Family Therapy (summa cum laude) from Southern Christian University (now Amridge University, he US). He was subsequently registered as a Certified Family Therapist by the National Credentialing Academy. His D. Min. thesis was [[ordination|ordained]] to published under the title ''Religious Orientation and Mental Health: Client Preference for the Inclusion of a Religious Module in the [[diaconate]] on [[January 29]]Counseling Process''. He later completed two research doctoral degrees, 1988including a Ph.D. in English and Applied Linguistics at Rhodes University (ZA), and to a Th.D. from the [[priest]]hood on [[February 15]], 1989University of South Africa (ZA). His Ph.D. After his ordinationresearch, he served which was published under the title of ''The Role of Achievement Motivation on the Interlanguage Fossilization of Middle-aged English-as assistant priest -a-second-language Learners'', is groundbreaking in Stthat it presents evidence that interlanguage fossilization is not necessarily a permanent phenomenon. He was awarded a Th.D. Maryin Practical Theology for his doctoral research on ''The Impact of Neptic-Psychotherapeutic Treatment on Self-Reported Depressive Symptomatology and Comorbid Anxiety''s Orthodox Parish in Sydney, Australia, where he which was instrumental published under the title of ''Orthodox Psychotherapy: A Study in bringing many converts to Orthodoxy, several the Treatment of whom now serve as Orthodox [[clergy]]menDepression and Anxiety''. He also served completed the requirements for a Ph.D., a.b.d., in General Psychology at Northcentral University (US). Dr. Vujisić is currently enrolled as interim a part-time student for the Professional Certificate in [[rector]Executive and Transformational Life] Coaching at the University of Holy Annunciation Romanian Orthodox Parish Cambridge (UK). He was elected to ''Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges'' in recognition of St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Parish, both in the Sydney metropolitan areahis academic accomplishments and scholarship.
From 1982 through 1995==Fellowships ==The Rt. Rev. Dr. Vujisić is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), Fr. Andrew served as director a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (UK), a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society (UK), a Fellow of the Royal Society of St. Mary's Orthodox Community Welfare Center Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (UK), and coordinator a Fellow of the parish's Community Refugee Sponsorship ProgramSociety for Values in Higher Education (US). He was is also the administrator a Senior Fellow of the Archdiocesan Community Housing Program, which provided low cost housing for underprivileged families. Additionally, he served as Archdiocesan Religious Education Coordinator for Public Schools from 1991 through 1995Sophia Institute (US).
In 1996, Fr. Andrew arrived in the Caribbean where he established St. Spyridon’s Orthodox Mission, the first Orthodox parish in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite by Metropolitan Athenagoras of Mexico on [[December 13]], 1999.==Memberships==
In addition to his pastoral dutiesthe fellowships, Dr. Vujisić holds membership in: the Cambridge University Commonwealth Society, Fr Andrew serves as a professor the Faculty of the Department History and Philosophy of Humanities Medicine and Social Sciences at Pharmacy – Society of Apothecaries, the University International Association of Turabo Patristic Studies, the Australian Association for Byzantine Studies, the Old Rhodian Union, the UNISA Alumni Association, the American Counseling Association, Association for Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in GuraboCounseling, Puerto Ricothe American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, Fulbright Association, PRTESOL, the Linguistic Society of America, the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, the International Association of Marriage and as a counselor/therapist at Family Counselors, the American Psychological Association, the University's Resource Center American Society for Philosophy, Counseling , and Professional Orientation. He was recently appointed Director Psychotherapy, the Society for General Psychology, the Association for Informal Logic and Critical Thinking, the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science the Cambridge University's Center for LanguageScientific Society, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, the Faculty of Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine – Society of Apothecaries, the Royal Society of South Africa, and the Royal Society of New Zealand. He is also a member of the editor of Puerto Rico's only ambilingual linguistic journal, ''Glossa'', which is distributed globallyInternational Institute for Inter-Religious Diplomacy (fostering high-level dialogue between Christianity and [[Islam]]).
==Election to the EpiscopacyCertificates==Dr. Vujisić has been awarded certificates from the US Addiction Technologies Transfer Center, the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative, the US National Institute of Health, and the UCSD Human Research Protections Program. Additionally, he has coaching accreditation from the Australian Soccer Federation and the National Coaching Accreditation Program of the Australian Department of Sport and Recreation.
On ==Church Life==As a layman, Zoran Vujisić was director, from 1982 through 1988, of St. Mary’s Orthodox Community Welfare Center (in Sydney, Australia), which served people from 105 ethnic backgrounds, including his beloved Montenegrins, and other immigrants from the Former Republic of Yugoslavia. He was also coordinator of the parish’s Community Refugee Sponsorship Program, which provided housing and support for immigrants and refugees. He continued in those capacities after his [[ordination]] to the [[deacon|diaconate]] on [[September January 29]], 2009, the Holy 1988 and Sacred Synod of to the Ecumenical Patriarchate elected [[Archimandritepriest]] Andrew as hood on [[BishopFebruary 15]] , 1989 by Archbishop Gabriel, after which he was assigned as priest of TrallesSt. The Mary’s Pan-Orthodox [[http://voxstefaniparish]].filesSeveral of his spiritual children now serve as Orthodox [[clergy]]men and [[monk]]s.wordpressThe miracle of the Myrrh-streaming Icon of the Crucified Christ occurred at’s Church from 1994 to 1995 during his tenure.jpg announcement of For his election]arduous work, citing he was awarded the growing number Patriarchal Medal of the Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch by the Greek Orthodox immigrants to Latin American countries who are deprived Patriarch of pastoral careAntioch and All the East, states that His Beatitude Ignatius IV. While at St. Mary’s, he also served (on loan) at Holy Annunciation Romanian Orthodox Parish and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Parish (OCA), both in the Bishop-elect will assume Sydney metropolitan area. During his priestly service in Australia, he was the responsibility administrator of establishing the Archdiocesan Community Housing Program, which provided low cost housing for underprivileged and administering pan-Orthodox communities wherever necessarystruggling immigrant families. Additionally, he served as Archdiocesan Religious Education Coordinator for Public Schools from 1991 through 1995, which attended the religious educational needs of hundreds of children from the Former Republic of Yugoslavia.
Archimandrite Andrew will be ===Puerto Rican Mission===In 1996, Fr. Zoran Vujisić arrived in the Caribbean where he established St. Spyridon’s Orthodox Mission in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He was elevated to the rank of [[archimandrite]] by Metropolitan [[consecration Athenagoras (Aneste) of a bishopMexico|consecratedAthenagoros]] of Mexico on [[December 13]] to the episcopacy by His All-Holiness, 1999 and served as such for over nine years in the Ecumenical Patriarch, at Patriarchate’s Archdiocese of Mexico (which covers 22 countries in Latin America and the Patriarchal Cathedral islands of St George in the Phanar on Caribbean). In December 2008, he transferred to the [[November 21Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia]], 2009, on which day he observes his but was canonically released back to the [[Slava|''Krsna Slava''Ecumenical Patriarchate]], prior to his election to the Episcopacy, upon the personal request of Metr. Athenagoras to Metropolitan Hilarion.
===St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute===
While under the omophorion of Metr. Hilarion, the Right Reverend Archimandrite Dr. Andrew, (in the secular world, Dr. Zoran Vujisić) established the St. Basil of Ostrog Orthodox Theological Institute, a Spanish-language theological studies program. The Institute was also transferred to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, with the blessing of Metr. Hilarion, in August 2009, and was expanded to include an English-language program under the patronage of St. Gregory Nazianzen. The combined programs now have 72 students from 17 countries, all but three, on full-scholarship. Through the efforts of Dr. Vujisić, (and the bilateral agreements that he authored), St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute became an academic unit of the Universidad Rural de Guatemala, and is authorized to grant bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Orthodox Studies, Business Administration, Computer Science, Education, General Studies, Hellenic Studies, and Slavic Studies. Dr. Vujisić is the rector of St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute.
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On [[September 29]], 2009, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate unanimously elected Dr. Vujisić as Bishop of Tralles. The Patriarchal announcement of his election was cited by the official election notice of the Archdiocese of Mexico, which was published worldwide. It references the growing number of Orthodox immigrants in Latin American countries in need of pastoral care, and states that the Bishop-elect would assume the responsibility of establishing and administering Pan-Orthodox communities wherever necessary. Regarding the news of Dr. Vujisić’s election to the episcopacy, Metr. Hilarion (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) writes to Metr. Athenagoros: “Throughout the years,…Bishop-Elect Andrew has earned and enjoyed an unblemished reputation as being a model of true godliness and eminent piety, which is indeed evident to all those who meet him. His life has been marked by self-sacrifice and hard work….”. Metr. Amfilohije (of the [[Serbian Orthodox Church]]) writes: “With joy have I received the news of the consecration of His Grace, Bishop-Elect Andrew (Vujisić) to the Episcopacy by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople… We attest that His Grace has served with me in Montenegro and Australia, and has also served with other Bishops of the [[Serbian Orthodox Church]] on numerous occasions and that we know… [of his unassailable character] personally…”. On [[December 13]], 2009, after personal discussions with His All Holiness, Patriarch [[Bartholomew I (Archontonis) of Constantinople|Bartholomew I]], in Constantinople, Dr. Vujisić submitted a petition to the [[Holy Synod]] requesting that his consecration be temporarily postponed (it would later be declined). His petition was accepted, but two weeks later, upon the insistence of Metr. Athenagoros, he was elevated to the rank of Archiepiscopal Vicar of the General Secretariat for Pan-Orthodox Ministries. As Archiepiscopal Vicar, he was responsible for the reception into the Ecumenical Patriarchate of the 527,000 members of the former Orthodox Catholic Church of Guatemala in January 2010.
==Life as an Educator==
In addition to his pastoral duties, Dr. Vujisić has served as a professor of the School of Human and Social Sciences at the University of Turabo in Puerto Rico, and as a counselor/therapist at the University’s Resource Center for Counseling and Professional Orientation. He is also the Director of the University’s Language Research Center and the editor of Puerto Rico’s only ambilingual linguistic journal, ''Glossa'', which is distributed in 112 countries. ''Glossa'' is affiliated with the following prominent journals: ''Balkanskaya Rusistika'', ''Revista Literaria Baquiana'', ''EntreCulturas, Moenia'', ''The Nordic Journal of English Studies'', ''Sayyab'', and ''Viceversa''.
==Publications and Interests==
The author of numerous published articles on ethics, linguistics, neptic-psychotherapy, philosophy, psychology, and spirituality, Dr. Vujisić's research interests include Applied Linguistics, English-as-a-Second-Language, Fossilization, Interlanguage, International Law, Inter-Religious Diplomacy, Psycholinguistics, South Slavic Languages, Bowenian Family Therapy, Existential Phenomenology, Structural Family Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Psychology, Grief and Bereavement Counseling, Individual Psychology, Logic-Based Therapy, REBT, Social and Developmental Psychology, Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine, Neuroscience, Tropical Medicine and Health, [[Byzantine Studies]], Eastern Mystagogy, Hesychasm, Neptic and Social Theology, Neurotheology, and Orthodox Psychotherapy. His paper on ''Transcending the Limitations of Worldview and Achieving Mental Health, Self-Actualization, and Tolerance through Religious Psychotherapeutic Methodologies: A Call for Scientific Investigation'' has been included in the sessions of the UNESCO World Philosophical Forum.
Dr. Vujisić’s published books in 2010 include: ''Orthodox Psychotherapy: A Study in the Treatment of Depression and Anxiety''; ''Modern Psychologies: An Orthodox Perspec''tive; ''Overcoming Interlanguage Fossilization: New Insights''; and ''The Art and Science of Healing the Soul: A Guide to Orthodox Psychotherapy''. The following titles are now in progress: ''From Neptic-Psychotherapy to Orthodox Psychiatry: A Cognitive Neuroscientific Proposal''; ''When Love Hurts: Spiritual Healing for Emotional, Psychological, Verbal, and Physical Abuse''; ''Understanding Schizophrenia''; ''Ethics in Counseling: Framework and Guidelines''; ''Eating Disorders in Adolescence: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment''; ''Theories of Personality: A Review''; ''Theories of Psychology and Therapist Personality: Interactions and Interconnections''; ''Psychological Pathologies: Deviance, Distress, Dysfunction, and Danger''; ''The Effects of Scholasticism on Ministry in Contemporary Society: An Orthodox Christian Perspective''; ''Civil Religion in America: The Star-Spangled Threat to Orthodoxy''; ''El Octóijos: El Libro de los Ocho Tonos'' [The [[Octoechos]]: The Book of Eight Tones]; ''Iniciación Cristiana: El Texto, la Teología, y la Explicación'' [Christian Initiation: The Text, Theology, and Explanation]; ''El Gran Eucologio: El Libro de Misterios y Servicios'' [[[The Great Euchologion: The Book of Mysteries and Services]]]; ''The Child Abuse / Neglect Survivor Workbook''; ''Overcoming Depression and Anxiety''; ''The Divine Liturgy: Rubrics for Priests and Deacons''; ''The Complete Services of Holy Week: Texts and Rubrics'' (5 Volumes), and ''Saved by the Crown: The Case for Constitutional Monarchy''.
Dr. Vujisić is also currently working on several projects, including (a) The Ecumenical Patriarchate as a Subject of International Law, (b) The Impact of Orthodox Neptic-Psychotherapeutic Treatment on Depressive Symptomatology, Electroencephalograph Asymmetry, and Regional Serotonin Transporter (5-Hydroxytryptamine) Binding, (c) Assessment of the Impact of Religious Psychotherapeutic Methodologies on Mental Health, Worldview, and Self-Actualization, (d) The Petrović-Njegoš Dynasty, and (e) The Orthodox Montenegrin Identity.
* [ A Short Biography of the Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Dr. Andrew (Vujisic)]. Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos/St. Spyridon’s Orthodox Church (Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico ([[Church of Constantinople|EP]])).
* [ PRESS RELEASE]. General Secretariat for Pan-Orthodox Ministries. From the Office of the Holy Metropolis, Mexico City, April 7, 2010.
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