Serbian Patriarch personally funds scholarships for students in Croatia

Zagreb, Croatia, August 27, 2021

Patriarch Porfirije with students at the 2018 Privrednik Congress. Photo: Patriarch Porfirije with students at the 2018 Privrednik Congress. Photo:     

On the eve of the new academic year, Privrednik, a Serbian organization dedicated to economically helping rural areas in Croatia, announced that it is again raising funds for scholarships for students from families of lower financial means.

Last year, the organization managed to help 80 talented and needy students from throughout Croatia. An annual scholarship is about $825 per school student, and about $1,530 per university student.

And this year, the first public figure to respond to Privrednik’s “Support for Youth” campaign was His Holiness Patriarch Porfirije of the Serbian Orthodox Church, reports

His Holiness was the ruling hierarch of the Zagreb Diocese before he was elected to the patriarchal throne earlier this year.

“Today, with great pride and gratitude, we report that the first support for young people is the Serbian Patriarch Porfirije with his personal donation. In this academic year, His Holiness will educate as many as ten excellent students from different faculties and from different parts of Croatia,” reads the relevant Privrednik press statement.

The Patriarch always supported the organization’s work during his time in Croatia, and it is encouraging to know that this will continue from the highest throne in the Serbian Church, the statement emphasizes.

“We are therefore particularly pleased that the Patriarch recognizes our mission and we will be encouraged to continue to persevere in our work, namely, to help young people learn and, yes, knowing who supported them, to preserve both their cultural and national identity and to be in favor and pride of their people and their country,” the statement concludes.

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