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St. Peter of Cetinje, Metropolitan of Montenegro
St. Peter of Cetinje was born on April 1st, 1749, in the village of Njegushi, and became a monk at the age of twelve. In 1782, he became both Metropolitan and ruler of Montenegro. This holy man devoted his whole life to his people. Within Montenegro, he worked with his all strength to pacify the warring clans and established the first Montenegrin Code of Law. Externally he tirelessly defended Montenegro and its people against the plundering onslaughts of enemies. The semi-autonomous region of Brda (the Highlands), whose inhabitants supported him in his struggles, was finally incorporated into Montenegro during his life-time. St. Peter was strict with himself, and just and humble towards others. He lived a life of prayer in one tiny cell as a simple monk, although he was the ruler of a country. With his steadfast faith, love, patience, purity, meekness, and good works, he was able to pacify a stubborn and unruly people, who had hitherto refused to submit even to the mightiest powers on earth. He entered into rest on October 18th, 1830, at the age of 81. His myrrh-streaming relics are preserved incorrupt in the monastery of Cetinje. The Lord glorified him both in heaven and on earth as His true and faithful servant.
A Short Biography of the Rt. Rev. Archimandrite Dr. Andrew (Vujisic), by Helen Andujar
On December 13th 1999, the Feast of the Holy Apostle St. Andrew the First-called, Fr. Andrew (Vujisic), a spiritual son of Athonite Elder Chrysostomos (of the Skete of St. Anne and later, Esphigmenou Monastery), was elevated to the rank of Archimandrite by His Eminence, Metropolitan Athenagoras of the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Holy Metropolis of Mexico, Central America, and the Islands of the Caribbean .
Fr. Andrew was born on January 30th 1957, the first child of Vojislav Vujisic and Sofija Vujisic (maiden surname, Jovovic). He is a Montenegrin of the Morachani Clan and lived in Yugoslavia until he was 12 years old. In 1969, his family moved to West Germany, where he lived for one year before immigrating to Australia.
After finishing high school in Australia, Fr. Andrew pursued his undergraduate and seminary training in the USA. He returned to Sydney, Australia in 1981, and from 1982 through 1995, served as Director of St. Mary's Orthodox Community Welfare Center and Coordinator of the Parish's Community Refugee Sponsorship Program. He was also the Administrator of the Archdiocesan Community Housing Program, which provided low cost housing for underprivileged families. He served as Archdiocesan Religious Education Coordinator for Public Schools from 1991 through 1995.
Receiving the monastic tonsure, Fr. Andrew was ordained to the Diaconate on January 16/29th 1988 and to the Holy Priesthood on the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord in 1989. After Ordination, he served as Assistant Pastor of St. Mary's Orthodox Parish, where he was instrumental in bringing many converts to Orthodoxy. Several now serve as clergymen. He also served as interim pastor of Holy Annunciation Romanian Orthodox Parish and St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Parish (OCA), both in the Sydney metropolitan area.
In 1996, Fr. Andrew arrived in the Caribbean where he established St. Spyridon's Orthodox Church, the first Orthodox Parish in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also established St. Peter of Cetinje Orthodox Missionary Brotherhood and has translated many services from the 'Practical Handbook for the Administration of Parish Needs' into Spanish from Church Slavonic. He has also prepared several pamphlets for missionary use.
Fr. Andrew completed his undergraduate studies at Thomas Edison State College and earned his Licentiate of Orthodox Sacred Theology at St. Sophia Ukrainian Orthodox Seminary. He also completed a M.A.Ed. degree, with Honors, at the University of Phoenix and a D. Min. in Marriage and Family Therapy (Summa Cum Laude) at Southern Christian University. He was elected to 'Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges' in recognition of his academic accomplishments and scholarship. Fr. Andrew earned his Ph. D. in English and Applied Linguistics at Rhodes University for research related to factors affecting interlanguage fossilization in second language acquisition. This research accentuated the important role of achievement motivation in the SLA process and broke new ground by demonstrating that interlanguage fossilization is not necessarily permanent.
Fr. Andrew is fluent in Serbian, English, and Spanish. He is also fluent in other Slavic languages and has a working knowledge of Romanian and German. He is a Professor of the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Turabo and a Counselor/Therapist at the University's Resource Center for Counseling and Professional Orientation. He was recently appointed Director of the University's Center for Language.
From May 26th through June 10th 2005, Archimandrite Andrew, (heading a delegation from the Holy Metropolis of Mexico, Central America, and the Islands of the Caribbean), was received by his kinsman, the Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, Vladika Amfilohije, at the Monastery of St. Peter of Cetinje.
Metropolitan Amfilohije and Archimandrite Andrew engaged in a lengthy brotherly dialogue centered on the life of the Orthodox Church in the Americas and its spiritual significance, as well as the continuing historical and pastoral leadership role of the Metropolitanate of Montenegro and the Littoral in the Orthodox world.
During his visit, Archimandrite Andrew served the Divine Liturgy with His Eminence, Metropolitan Amfilohije, at the ruins of the Prechista Krajinska Monastery on the Feast of St. Jovan Vladimir. He traveled to St. Basil of Ostrog Monastery, visited the place where his great-great-grandfather, Vuksan Vujisic died defending the Monastery against the Turks, and met with His Grace, Bishop Jovan of Duklja. Archpriest Gojko Perovic, Rector of St. Peter of Cetinje Seminary, accompanied Archimandrite Andrew and the Delegation on a tour of the Seminary, Monastery, Svetigora Press and Radio Station, and old Royal Capital. The Diocesan Secretary, Archpriest Sava Tutush, provided hospitality for the Delegation. Archimandrite Andrew was also a pilgrim and guest at numerous Monasteries including the Rezhevici, Zhdrebaonik, Chelija Piperska, Dajbabe, Miholjska Prevlaka, and Moracha Monasteries. He also visited St. George Church and the new Saborni Hram in Podgorica, St. Nicholas Church and St. Luke Church in Kotor, and St. Michael Church in Herceg Novi. He traveled to the ancestral homeland of the Donja Moracha clan and visited the Monastery of St. Michael the Archangel in Prekobrdje (built by Milan Vujisic), where he prayed before the remains of the progenitor of the Morachani clan, Bogic Morachanin.
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