Timișoara, Banat Region, Romania, January 18, 2023
The Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan of Banat again celebrated his name’s day in a very special way—by sitting down to eat with the local homeless in Timișoara.
His Eminence Metropolitan Ioan celebrates his name’s day on January 7, the Synaxis of St. John the Baptist (new calendar). In honor of his saint, he offered a meal to the beneficiaries of the emergency social center for the homeless. The hierarch is known as an important supporter of the center, the Metropolis of Banat reports.
He also celebrated his name’s day with the homeless last year.
Met. Ioan also distributed food packages to the homeless, and the nun Dr. Anastasia from the Diocesan Center offered free medical consultations.
Besides supporting the homeless center, His Eminence is well-known for his constant social-philanthropic activities. For example, in November 2021, OrthoChristian reported that the Metropolis of Banat donated 4 tons of food to a local psychiatric hospital.
The Archdiocese of Timișoara, part of the Metropolis of Banat, is also well-known for donating houses to large and needy families.
Most recently, Met. Ioan donated more than 30,000 Orthodox prayer books to students.