Church courts had almost full jurisdictional power over Christians, similar to that of the Ecumenical Patrirchate. During his tenure ten new dioceses were created and several important monasteries were rebuilt. Most important among them was Banja Monastery. Makarije opened many schools in monasteries. When he grew old he appointed his nephew, Metropolitan Antonije of Herzegovina, as his successor in 1570/1. The [[Holy Synod]] on its session in Banja Monastery approved this decision.
St. Makarije died in September 1574. Soon after his death he was glorified. The Very Right Reverend Professor Radoslav Grujić said that St. Makarije was most
importnant among primates of [[Church of Serbia]] after Saint Sava.