Kornet, Montenegro, July 20, 2021
The house where St. Mardarije of Libertyville and All America and Canada was born has become a place of pilgrimage and prayer for the Orthodox faithful of the Serbian Church in Montenegro.
Recently, a memorial plaque was hung at the home in Kornet, outside the capital city of Podgorica, where the Holy Hierarch, who was canonized in 2015 and whose relics were found to be incorrupt in 2017, was born in 1889.
A photo of the house with the new sign was sent to OrthoChristian by a nun of St. Elisabeth Convent in Minsk, Belarus, who is the great-niece of St. Mardarije:
The sign reads simply: “Here was born Ivan Perov Uskoković, 1895, Mardarije (the Second).”
The first liturgical celebration of St. Mardarije after his canonization was celebrated on November 15, 2015, in his native village, at the house where he was born.
“St. Mardarije baptized the universe from this beautiful village with his podvig and came to be sanctified by God in the heart of the American continent, in the monastery of St. Sava, which he built it in the small town of Libertyville, a vacant place on the outskirts of Chicago,” His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro said on the occasion.
Similar celebrations have been held in Kornet in subsequent years.