Serbian Bishop Milutin of Valjevo dies from coronavirus

Belgrade, Serbia, March 30, 2020     

His Grace Bishop Multin of Valjevo of the Serbian Orthodox Church, who recently tested positive for the coronavirus, reposed in the Lord last night, March 29.

“With great sadness and faith in the Resurrection in the Kingdom of Heaven, we inform the public that last night, our dear spiritual father, the Most Reverend Bishop Milutin of Valjevo, reposed at the Dragiša Mišović Clinical Hospital Center of Belgrade, after a short illness caused by the coronavirus,” the Valjevo Diocese reports.

The diocese had announced that Bp. Milutin was sick with virus just four days ago. Two other clergy of the diocese have also tested positive.

The statement at that time emphasized that His Grace had adhered to the measures of self-isolation accompanying the state of emergency.

May his memory be eternal!


His Grace Bishop Milutin of Valjevo’s life according to Orthodoxwiki:

Born in Mijaca, near Valjevo, on January 10, 1949, the future bishop grew up in an Orthodox family. At 14 years of age, in 1963, he went to the Monastery of Kaona. He started attending the monastic secondary school in the Ostrog Monastery in 1967, and afterwards he returned to Kaona Monastery where he becomes its head and priest.

After undertaking some exams, he enrolled in the Faculty of Theology in Belgrade, afterwards continuing his studies in America, graduating there. For six months he was the secretary of the Diocese of Canada, and for six months he was the parish priest in Niagara.

After this service in North America, Bishop Lavrentije appointed Fr. Milutin hierarchal appointee of the Sava/Tamnava region; and in the beginning of 2003, Archimandrite Milutin was appointed hierarchal deputy of Sava/Tamnava. During this time, he was abbot of Kaona Monastery.

In mid-2003, he was appointed Bishop of Australia and New Zealand, being consecrated on July 20, 2003, by Patriarch Pavle, with Metropolitans Nikolaj of Dabro and Bosnia, Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Longin of New Gracanica; Bishops Lavrentije of Sabac and Valjevo, Irenej of Nis, Irenej of Backa, Georgije of Canada and Dositej of Scandanavia and Britain. He was enthroned on December 30, 2003, by his predecessor in Australia and New Zealand, Nikanor (Bogunovic), at St. Sava’s Monastery in Canberra.

In May 2006, Bp. Milutin took up the newly-created seat of Bishop of Valjevo.

Bishop Milutin is also known as a writer and theologian, with theoretical articles being published in major theological magazines.

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