The annual meeting of the Centra Council of the Serbian orthodox Church in North and South America was held in Chicago. The Canadian Diocese was represented by His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrofan and Rev. Jovan Marjanac, diocesan secretary.
The dignitaries were welcomed by His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica-Midwestern America. On 8 December 2016, His Grace Bishop Mitrofan, after a short visit to the monastery of New Gracanica, participated in the meeting of the Council of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church for North and South AMerica in the monastery of Saint Sava in Libertyville.
The session, presided over by Bishop Longin, was attended by His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro, Bishop Irinej of Eastern America, Bishop Maxim of Western America, and Bishop Kirilo of Diocletia. Reports on the activity of the dioceses in North and South America during the previous period were submitted. Accordingly, Bishop Mitrophan moved from the Diocese of East America to the Diocese of Canada, and Bishop Irinej from the Metropolitanate of Australia-New Zealand was elected Bishop of East America.
The hierarchs unanimously decided to celebrate Saint Mardarije (Uskokovic) officially on 15 and 16 July 2016 in Libertyville.
Plans to enhance the level of the Theological faculty of St. Sava in Libertyville and to construct new premises were discussed.
Next day, on 9 December 2016, in the church of the Resurrection of Christ in Chicago, a meeting of the Central Church Council for North and South America was held, with the participation of representatives of all dioceses of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America.
The members of the Central Church Council attended a solemn lunch with the Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Srpska Ms. Zeljka Cvijanovic, who presented Mrs Melissa Bin Luburic, a benefactor of the Serbian people, with the highest award of the Republic of Srpska. The lunch was attended by parishioners of the church of the Resurrection of Christ, where the school-children from the Saint Sava primary school, with their school-master Mr. Marko Bojovic, performed a special program.
The meeting of the Central Church Council was concluded on the morning of Saturday, December 10.