Kotor, Montenegro, August 26, 2021
On Monday, the president of the Brotherhood of Orthodox Youth of St. Luke of Kotor provided financial assistance to Fr. Milomir Vulević, the manager of the Church-run soup kitchen in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica.
In total, the Brotherhood managed to collect and donate $1,765 (1,500 euros) for the social institution that operates at the Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection in Podgorica, the Metropolis of Montenegro of the Serbian Orthodox Church reports.
As Brotherhood president Dradgoljub Vasiljević explained, the soup kitchen, which feeds 200 families daily, is supported solely by contributions, so the youth knew that they had to help.
For about a month, funds were collected via donor boxes in Orthodox churches and Kotor. The Brotherhood also sold t-shirts with the image of Archpriest Momcilo Krivokapić, who founded the Brotherhood in 1995.
In recent years, the Brotherhood has also raised funds to help those suffering in Kosovo, in addition to its constant work of serving the poor and needy in Kotor.
The members of the Brotherhood also took an active part in defending Orthodox holy sites against the previous government that sought to seize and/or destroy them. A baptistery on the shore of the Gulf of Tivat near the medieval Monastery of the Holy Archangel Michael had to be physically protected around the clock, as the authorities claimed it was illegally built and had to be destroyed.
The Brotherhood is currently raising funds for the Orthodox brethren in Kosovo again, and will also participate in organizing the enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joanikije on September 5.
Earlier this month, it was reported that the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Canada raised about $12,000 for a Church-run soup kitchen in Berane, Montenegro.