With the blessing of His Holiness the Serbian Patriarch Irinej and of His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Nis a two-day conference with the theme “Orthodox monasticism” was opened in Nis under auspices of the Centre for Church Studies of Nis on 7 March 2019.
The scientific conference was opened by Patriarch Irinej who evaluated development of monasticism in Christian Church and particularly in Serbia, ”where monasteries are not empty, people visit them in order to experience a real Christian life observing the Gospel teaching…”
The gathering was then addressed by the spiritual father from the Diocese of Nis, abbot of the monastery of Saint Roman of Djunis, Very Venerable Archimandrite Damaskin, who exposed in detail significance of monastic ministry for the life of the Orthodox Church.
Prof. Dr. Dragisa Bojovic, founder and chairman of the Centre for Church Studies of Nis, delivered a significant scientific paper.
In an art part of the evening there were performances of the Children and youth choir of the Church Singing Fellowship Branko from Nis, and a student of the Faculty of Philology in Nis Mr. Nemanja Blagojevic.
The working part of the conference is on Friday, 8 March 2019, in the monastery of Saint Stephen in Lipovac.