Daniel II of Pec
Our father among saints Danilo (also Daniel,in Serbian:Свети Данило аргиепископ српски ) was Serbian Archbishop from 1324 to 1327. His feast is December 20,(January 2 in Gregorian Calendar). He was nobleman and was in court of St. king Milutin of Serbia (1282-1321). He left cort for Monastery of Saint Nikolas in Končul. We don't know his baptismal name.
Archbishop St. Jevstavije took yong monk Danilo for his syncellos. Soon Dnilo left for Mount Athos, wher he was elected igumen of Hilandar. During his tenure, as igumen, Mount Athos was several times ataced by Ctaluanian pirates. Danilo was forced to take sword and to defend holy Monastery from pirates. Danilo decided to retire 1311 and gon for Karey in ascetic cell of Saint Sava.
Soon Danilo recived call from Serbia to come back and became Bishop of Banjska. He acepted and was bishop until 1315. He was present in last moments of Saint quin Jelena Mother of King Milutin 1314. He described this moments in his Lives of Kings and Archbishops of Serbia. Daniolo retire again and left for his belowed Mount of Athos.
When archbishop St. Sava III died July 26, King proposed Danilo for new Archbishop. Danilo insted himself proposed his disciple Saint Nikodim. Saint Nikodim was elected. But King was insisting that Danilo should be in Serbia so he became bishop of Zahumlje. Danilo was at King Milutin's death bad and buried him in Banjska Monastery.
Danilo again gone for Hilandar 1322 and famous Stefan Pepkalo succeded him as Bishop of Zahumlje. When St. Nikodim died 1324, Danilo was elected September 14, 1324 11th Archbishop of Serbia.
Danilo was helping new king Saint Stefan Uroš III in building magnificent Dečani Monastery. He built Church of Theotokos Hodegetria in Peć Monastery for Greek monks. He also built small church of Saint Nicholas. He finished rebuilding Žiča Monastery. His other foundations are Church of saint George in Maglič, church of St. Michael in Jelšika, St. Sava in Liznica. He was falowing in steps Saint Sava, his great predccessor.
He was also one of the greatest serbian meadevel writers. His most importnant work is Lives of Kings and Archbishops of Serbia.
St. Danilo entred in Kingdom of Heaven December 19 1337.
Daniel II of Pec
|Bishop of Banjska
|Bishop of Zahumlje
|Archbishop of Serbia