Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch

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Archbishop of Pe?, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci, and Serbian Patriarch
Vladika Porfirije crop.jpg
Porfirije in 2012
Native name
ChurchSerbian Orthodox Church
Elected18 February 2021
Installed19 February 2021 (Belgrade)
To be decided (Pe?)
Ordination21 November 1990
by Irinej (Bulovi?)
Consecration13 June 1999
by Patriarch Pavle
Personal details
Birth namePrvoslav Peri?
Born (1961-07-22) 22 July 1961 (age 59)
Be?ej, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
DenominationEastern Orthodoxy
ResidenceKovilj, Serbia (1990每2014)
Zagreb, Croatia (2014每2021)
Belgrade, Serbia (since 2021)
Previous postMetropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana (2014每2021)
Titular Bishop of Jegra (1999每2014)
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade
University of Athens

Porfirije (Serbian Cyrillic: 妤抉把扳我把我?快, English: Porphyrius; born Prvoslav Peri?; born 22 July 1961) is the current and 46th Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church. He was the metropolitan bishop of Zagreb and Ljubljana, from 2014 to 2021. Before that, he was titular bishop of Jegra between 1999 and 2014. He is also a university professor and author of theological works.

Early life and education[edit]

Porfirije was born as Prvoslav Peri? (Serbian Cyrillic: 妤把志抉扼抖忘志 妤快把我?) on 22 July 1961, in the town of Be?ej, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia (now in Serbia), to Radojka and Radivoj Peri?. His family has roots in Derventa, Bosnia and Herzegovina.[1]

He finished primary school in ?urug, and the Jovan Jovanovi? Zmaj Gymnasium in Novi Sad. He was ordained a monk at Visoki De?ani monastery on 21 April 1985,[2] receiving the monastic name of Porfirije (from Greek: 旭羊老耳?老牝羊?, Porph?rios; English: Porphyry, /?p??rf?ri/)[citation needed].

In 1986, Porfirije earned his bachelor's degree in Orthodox theology from the University of Belgrade, when Bishop of Ra?ka and Prizren (future Serbian Patriarch) Pavle ordained him a hierodeacon at the Holy Trinity Monastery in Mu?uti?te, SAP Kosovo.[3] He attended postgraduate studies at the University of Athens from 1986 until 1990. He earned a doctorate in Athens in 2004, with the thesis Possibility of knowability of God in St. Paul's understanding according to the interpretation of Saint John Chrysostom.[2]

Porfirije speaks Serbian, Greek, English, German and Russian.[4]

Hegumen of Kovilj Monastery and Bishop of Jegra (1990每2014)[edit]

Porfirije in 2006

On 6 October 1990, upon the blessing of Bishop Irinej Bulovi? of Ba?ka, Porfirije joined the Kovilj Monastery in Kovilj, near Novi Sad. On 21 November 1990, he was ordained as hieromonk and became hegumen of the Kovilj Monastery.[5]

Many young monks and novices came to the Kovilj Monastery following him. These were the times when the monastery had become a spiritual center for many young people: intellectuals, artists, actors and rock musicians, especially from Novi Sad and Belgrade. Since then Porfirije has particularly dealt with patients suffering from drug addictions.[6] On 14 May 1999, the Bishops' Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected Porfirije as the titular bishop of Jegra, and appointed vicar to the Eparchy of Ba?ka.[2]

In 2005, Porfirije formed a therapeutic community called Zemlja ?ivih (transl.  The Land of the Living), which is recognized as a successful project for drug rehabilitation.[7] Under the leadership of Porfirije, it has more than a hundred residents in camps throughout Serbia at the time being.[6] In 2010, the Bishops' Council entrusted Porfirije to establish military chaplaincy in the Serbian Armed Forces.[8][9] He was the military chaplain until 2011, whereupon he was a coordinator for cooperation between the Serbian Orthodox Church and the Serbian Army.[10]

Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana (2014每2021)[edit]

In May 2014, Porfirije was elected Metropolitan bishop of Zagreb and Ljubljana succeeding Jovan Pavlovi?, and enthroned by Patriarch Irinej on 13 July in the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Zagreb, Croatia.[11]

The Sankt Ignatios College awarded him the Order of St. Ignatius for his contribution to the reconciliation of the nations in the Balkans, on 16 February 2016 in Stockholm, Sweden.[12]

In 2016, Porfirije attended a gathering of Serbian priests in Chicago, where along with other priests, he was filmed singing a song dedicated to the Chetnik commander Mom?ilo ?uji?. This drew criticism from the Croatian public and Porfirije later apologized for this act with an explanation that he did not have "influence to all circumstances," and that "certain media manipulated this event." Also, he stated "that someone these days contributing with outpouring intolerance towards the Serbs, as well as to the deepening of the divide between Croats and Serbs."[13]

Between 2017 and 2020, Porfirije hosted meetings of Zagreb-based intellectuals who discussed social, ethical, and political topics. Held in the Serbian Orthodox Gymnasium in Zagreb, those meetings were colloquially known as Porfirijevi kru?oci (transl.  The Porfirije's Circles). Some of attendees were Ivo Josipovi?, Rada Bori?, Vili Matula, Tvrtko Jakovina, Dejan Jovi?, Dra?en Lali?, Milorad Pupovac, and others.[14]

Porfirije was a member of the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church between 2017 and 2019.[15]

When Patriarch Irinej fell ill in 2019, Porfirije was seen as one of the main candidates for the position of the next Serbian Patriarch.[16] During his post as Metropolitan, he tried to "build bridges" between Serbs and Croats. He was a visiting professor at Roman Catholic faculties and established good relations with high-ranking members of the Catholic clergy.[17]

Serbian Patriarch (2021每present)[edit]


Porfirije was elected Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church on 18 February 2021 at the Bishops' Council's convocation in the Church of Saint Sava, three months after the death of previous patriarch, Irinej, becoming the 46th Serbian Patriarch.[18][19][20][21] With 31 out of 39 votes, he was the first of three leading candidates with the most votes from the 30 bishops eligible in the Serbian Orthodox Church, along with Bishop Irinej of Ba?ka who won 30 votes and Bishop Jefrem of Banja Luka who won 24 votes.[22] In the final phase, the envelope with his name was pulled between three of them from the Gospel by Archimandrite Matej of Sisojevac Monastery.[23] In this way, the Serbian Orthodox Church believes the patriarch is elected by divine intervention, sidelining human interests.[24] As one of the youngest Serbian Orthodox bishops at the time of election, Porfirije is the youngest Serbian Patriarch elected since 1937.[25][26]

Congratulatory letters on the occasion of the election of the new Serbian Patriarch were sent by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople,[27] Patriarch Theodore II of Alexandria,[28] Patriarch Kirill of Moscow,[29] Patriarch Neophyte of Bulgaria,[30] Patriarch John X of Antioch,[31] Patriarch Daniel of Romania,[32] and Archbishop Anastasios of Albania.[33]


External video
video icon Enthronement to the new Serbian patriarch on 19 February 2021, Tanjug News Agency

Porfirije was enthroned on 19 February 2021 in St. Michael's Cathedral in Belgrade.[34] Patriarchal insignias were handed over to him by Metropolitan Hrizostom of Dabar-Bosnia and Bishop Lukijan of Buda. In his introductory speech Porfirije focused on unity and peace building. He stated that Kosovo and Metohija is in his prayers, and the Serbs in the affected Kosovo and Metohija will be in his first place.[35] Also, he stated that Croatia has become his second homeland, and the people he met there will remain a role model for him in the years to come.[36] The inauguration was attended by numerous government ministers of Serbia, representatives of churches and religious communities in Serbia, and various politicians including Serbian President Aleksandar Vu?i?. The ceremony was also attended by Milorad Dodik, the Chairman and the presiding Serb member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina; ?eljka Cvijanovi?, the President of Republika Srpska (Serb-majority entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina); Apostolic Nuncio Luciano Suriani; Archbishop Stanislav Ho?evar, the Catholic archbishop of Belgrade, Effendi Mustafa Jusufspahi?, the Mufti of Serbia; and many other dignitaries such as Prince Filip Kara?or?evi?, a member of the House of Kara?or?evi?.[37][34]

The date of Porfirije's enthronement to the ancient throne of the Serbian patriarch in the Patriarchate of Pe? Monastery will be announced.[38]

As Serbian Patriarch, Porfirije becomes the head of the Bishops' Council and the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

On 20 February, a day following the inauguration, a Holy Synod member and one of the three prime candidates for the new Patriarch election Bishop Irinej of Ba?ka tested positive for COVID-19.[39]

Civic service[edit]

Porfirije has been the president of the Privrednik Foundation (Serbian: Srpsko privredno dru?tvo Fondacija "Privrednik") in Novi Sad, since 2002.[40]

He was the Council President of the Regulatory Authority of Electronic Media (Serbian: Regulatorno telo za elektronske medije) in Serbia, from 2008 to 2014.[41] He resigned as the Council President following his election to the Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana.[42]

University professor[edit]

In 2000 he became a Docent at the Department of Catechetic and Pastoral Theology of the Orthodox Theological Faculty of the University of Belgrade.[43]

At that department, he succeeded academician Vlade Jerotic, with whom he worked closely in several fields for a number of years.[43]

As an associate professor at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade, since 2015, he has been teaching basic studies in Pastoral Theology with Psychology and New Testament Theology, as well as in other subjects at the master's and doctoral level. He participated in the initiation and promotion of the Bible Institute at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology.[43]


Titles and styles[edit]

Styles of
Serbian Patriarch Porfirije
Reference styleHis Holiness
Spoken styleYour Holiness
Religious stylePatriarch

His official title in English is His Holiness the Archbishop of Pe?, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci, and Serbian Patriarch Porfirije;[34] in Serbian, Njegova Svetost Arhiepiskop pe?ki, mitropolit beogradsko-karlova?ki i patrijarh srpski gospodin Porfirije, or in Cyrillic: ?快忍抉志忘 妊志快找抉扼找 均把抒我快扭我扼抗抉扭 扭快?抗我, 技我找把抉扭抉抖我找 忌快抉忍把忘忱扼抗抉-抗忘把抖抉志忘折抗我 我 扭忘找把我?忘把抒 扼把扭扼抗我 忍抉扼扭抉忱我扶 妤抉把扳我把我?快.

His official form of address in English is His Holiness Porfirije, Serbian Patriarch;[34] in Serbian, Njegova Svetost patrijarh srpski gospodin Porfirije.

Former official titles
  • 1999每2014: His Grace Titular Bishop of Jegra Porfirije in English; Njegovo Preosve?tenstvo vikarni episkop jegarski Porfirije in Serbian.
  • 2014每2021: His Eminence Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana Porfirije in English; Njegovo Visokopreosve?tenstvo Mitropolit zagreba?ko-ljubljanski Porfirije in Serbian and Croatian.


  •  Sweden: Award of the Sankt Ignatios College in Stockholm for 2016, awarded "for his contribution to the reconciliation of the people in the Balkans and his dedicated work on promoting unity among Christians"[44][45]
  •  Croatia: The recognition of the Association for Religious Freedom in the Republic of Croatia for 2019, for his peaceful contribution to the promotion of the culture of dialogue and religious freedoms[44][46]

Selected works[edit]

  • Face to Face 每 Biblical-Pastoral Reflections on God, Man and the World, Belgrade/Zagreb, 2015[44]
  • Wisdom in the Secret Hidden 每 Essays on the Theology of Paul the Apostle, Belgrade, 2020[44]

See also[edit]


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External links[edit]

  • Biography of Patriarch Porfirije at spc.rs
  • Biography of Metropolitan Porfirije at mitropolija-zagrebacka.org
Eastern Orthodox Church titles
Preceded by
Serbian Patriarch
Preceded by
Jovan (Pavlovi?)
Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana
New title Titular Bishop of Jegra
Succeeded by
Jeronim (Mo?evi?)
Civic offices
Preceded by
Nenad Ceki?
Council President of
the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media

Succeeded by
Goran Karad?i?