Gratitude and warm words of farewell

The church of the Holy Archdeacon Stefan in Keysborough has a new administrator of the parish, archpriest-staurophore Milorad Lončar, the elder of the church of the Holy Trinity from Brunswick, since October 1.

Namely, due to unprecedented restrictions in Victoria and an extremely irregular situation in Melbourne since the beginning of the pandemic, Archpriest Aleksandar Savić decided to return to Republika Srpska together with his family.

His Eminence Bishop Siluan, at the request of Father Alexander, relieved him of his duties as pastor and elder of the church on September 30 this year.

According to the announcement of the Church Board, Archbishop Alexander left a strong impression in this parish during the two years he was the elder of the Church of the Holy Archdeacon Stefan.

– The Church Board did everything to send our good pastor in a dignified way, on behalf of all parishioners, and in a way that was possible in the conditions in which we work. We wish all the best in their further work and life against Aleksandar, the opponent Diana and their children Jovan, Nikola and Marko – it is said in the announcement of the Committee.

Father Alexander arrived in Melbourne and the Church of the Holy Archdeacon Stephen in 2019 together with his family.

Father Milorad Lončar

Before coming to Australia, Archbishop Aleksandar said goodbye to his then parishioners in Dubrave. Visiting Radio Gradiška, in June 2019, Father Aleksandar said that he was going to another parish in need of the Serbian Orthodox Church and the people, and that he would continue to serve God as he had done in Dubrave for 15 years.

He then added that he was going to Australia with the desire to contribute to the well-being of the Serbian people, as he did 15 years ago when he returned after completing his studies from the United States.

Protonamesnik Aleksandar Savić graduated from the Theological Faculty of St. Sava in Libertyville in the United States of America, and from 2004 to 2019 he was a parish priest in Dubrave. During the period of his service in this parish, the temple of the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul was built.

Uncle Alexander also said goodbye to his parishioners in Keysborough, with an appropriate video message, because Melbourne is still locked, so the church is closed to the faithful.

– First of all, I am grateful to God that I had the opportunity to spend two years in this parish. Thanks also to our Most Reverend Bishop, Bishop Siluan, for his hospitality and trust, because as we know, Keysboro is a large church-school community and a crowded community in which many things happen. I would also like to thank all the parishioners and the Church Board, who are always present there and selflessly dedicate their work and time for the benefit of all of us who live here. Thank you all for all the love and every warm and noble word. My family and I felt welcome and accepted here, everything was as one could only wish for. I wish you all the best, both you and your families. Of course, physical parting does not mean spiritual parting, you will always be in our hearts and souls, as well as in my humble prayers before the Lord – said Father Alexander.

In the statement, the members of the Church Board also expressed their joy that Bishop Siluan appointed Father Milorad Lončar to temporarily serve the parish until a permanent solution is found.

Namely, Father Milorad was already the elder of this church before the arrival of Father Alexander, so that all parishioners in Keysborough can contact him in the usual way, by phone or e-mail, and Father Milorad will live in the parish home in Keysborough.

Father Aleksandar (in the middle) on duty with father Peter and father Dejan, who also returned to his homeland

Second departure this year

Before Father Aleksandar, Father Dejan Milošević also left the Church of the Holy Archdeacon Stefan. In May, also at his own request, and with the blessing of Bishop Siluan of Australia and New Zealand, he was relieved of his duties as another parish priest in Keysborough. Uncle Dejan also returned to his homeland with his family.

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