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Andrew (Vujisić)

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The Rt. Rev. Dr. '''Andrew Vujisić''', ''légalement'', Dr. '''Zoran Vujisić''', FRAS, [[FRSA]], FRSPH, MRSNZ, MRSSAf, CFT, (born 30 January 1957) is an [[Archimandrite]] of the [[Greek Orthodox]] Archdiocese of Mexico, Central America and the Islands of the Caribbean and Archiepiscopal Vicar with responsibility for the General Secretariat for [[Pan-Orthodox]] Ministries.
== '''Early Life''' ==
== '''Fellowships''' ==
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Vujisić is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (UK), 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 Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (UK), and a Fellow of the Society for Values in Higher Education (US). He is also a Senior Fellow of the [[Sophia Institute]] (US).
== '''Memberships''' ==
=== '''St. Gregory Nazianzen Orthodox Institute''' ===
While under the omophorion of [[Metropolitan 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 Metropolitan 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 3, 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.
=== '''Election to the Episcopacy''' ===
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, Metropolitan HILARION (Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia) writes to [[Metropolitan ATHENGAORAS]]: “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….”. Metropolitan 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]], in Constantinople, Dr. Vujisić submitted a petition to the Holy Synod requesting that his consecration be temporarily postponed. His petition was accepted, but two weeks later, upon the insistence of Metropolitan ATHENAGORAS, 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''' ==

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