Peter (Karevski) of Prespa

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His Eminence Metropolitan Peter (Karevski) of Prespa and Pelagonia is a hierarch of the non-canonical Macedonian Orthodox Church serving as ruling bishop of the Church's Eparchy of Prespa and Pelagonia and as administrator of the Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand.

Early life

The future metropolitan was born Jovan Karevski on May 29, 1946 in the town of Bogomila, now part of the Republic of Macedonia. After completing his secondary studies Jovan entered the Serbian Orthodox theological seminary in Prizren. After completing his studies there in 1966 he went on to study at the faculty of theology in Belgrade, from which he graduated in 1970.

Return to Macedonia and episcopacy

After his return to Macedonia Fr. Jovan became a professor at St. Clement of Ochrid Theological Seminary in Skopje, later also holding various pastorates in Macedonia. In June 1980 Fr. Jovan was tonsured a monk with the name Petar (a variation of Peter), and in 1981 was elected Metropolitan of Prespa and Bitola. On June 14, 1981 Fr. Petar was consecrated to the episcopacy and enthroned the next day in Bitola's Cathedral of St. Demetrius. In 1995 Metropolitan Peter was appointed administrator of the Eparchy of Australia and New Zealand.