Porfirije (Perić) of Serbia

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His Holiness Patriarch Porfirije (Serbian: Патријарх Порфирије); born July 22, 1961, is the 46th Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, the spiritual leader of Eastern Orthodox Serbs. His full title is His Holiness the Archbishop of Peć, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci, Serbian Patriarch Porfirije. Between 2014 and 2021, he served as the Metropolitan of Zagreb and Ljubljana. He speaks Greek, English, German, and Russian.


Porfirije was born Prvoslav Perić (Првослав Перић) in Bečej, Serbia, to Radojka and Radivoj Perić. He finished primary school in Čurug, and the Jovan Jovanovic Zmaj Grammar school in Novi Sad. He was ordained a monk according to the rite of small schema at Visoki Dečani monastery on April 21, 1985, receiving the monastic name of Porfirije (from Greek: Πορφύριος, Porphýrios; English: Porphyry).

He earned a bachelor's degree in theology from the University of Belgrade in 1986, in which year Bishop Pavle of Raška and Prizren (future Serbian Patriarch) ordained him a hierodeacon at the Holy Trinity Monastery in Mušutište, Kosovo and Metochia. He attended postgraduate studies in Athens from 1986 to 1990.

Also in 1990, upon the blessing of Bishop Irinej of Backa, he joined the monastery of Holy Archangels in Kovilj, near Novi Sad, where he was ordained as hieromonk and became its abbot.

On May 14, 1999, he was elected as Bishop of Jegar, Vicar of the Bishop of Backa.

He defended his Ph.D. thesis, Possibility of knowability of God in St. Paul's understanding according to the interpretation of Saint John Chrysostom at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Athens in 2004. He became a lecturer at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, Department of Pastoral Psychology, succeeding famous psychiatrist, academician Dr. Vladeta Jerotic.

He was enthroned as Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana on July 13, 2014, in the Cathedral Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord in Zagreb.


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Porfirije (Perić) of Serbia
Preceded by:
Bishop of Jegar
(Vicar of the Bishop of Backa)

1999 - 2014
Succeeded by:
Jeronim (Močević)
Preceded by:
Jovan (Pavlović)
Metropolitan of Zagreb-Ljubljana
2014 - 2021
Succeeded by:
Preceded by:
Patriarch of Serbia
2021 - present
Succeeded by:
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