Fr. Vladimir Vranic

"Gracanica" Serbian Orthodox Church

1960 Meldrum Road ~  Windsor  Ontario 

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REMEMBERING +BOB BRKOVICH

Our Good Samaritan


Our community has lost our Good Samaritan, Bob Brkovich. As in the parable of the Good Samaritan, the story of the man who helped a stranger in need, our Bob was a man who always found ways that he could help others. He always lent a hand to the elderly or to those who had no one else to help them. Bob drove them to get their groceries, took them to their doctor’s appointments, did their income tax returns and he even laid them to rest. Many times, there would only be Bob, the priest and the deceased present at the funeral. I would often ask Bob why he did all this. His answer was simple, “I do it because there is no one else, and I have the time. Bog vidi sve.”, God sees all.


Our Bob spent his life following Christian principles, such as helping others, attending church, assisting his church any way he could, and looking after his family and friends. I have been asked by many why Bob wanted a private funeral. Bob and I discussed this many times. He would say “I’ve buried many people with only myself and the priest in attendance. So, why should I have anything better. I want to go the same way I buried them. My family will be with me and that is what is most important. 


The good that Bob did during his time here with us is immeasurable. I could go on for hours. He was the man who wrote eulogies for many, always with great kindness and accuracy. You see, Bob had an incredible memory and was able to put people’s lives into words. So many of us are grateful for that. However, Bob had another important request, and that was that he did not want a eulogy. I honour that request and so this is my humble effort to explain what Bob meant to our community and I truly believe that “Bog vidi sve.” 


Your friend Nikola Gacesa with Gracanica Church Board

Welcome Fr. Vladimir & Family!

Fr. Vladimir Vranić was born in 1978 in Sarajevo, of the late V. Rev. Periša Vranić, Serbian Orthodox priest and Jelena Vranić, professor of Music.  Upon completion of the elementary school he enrolled into the St. Sava Seminary in Belgrade.  

At the invitation of Hilandar monastery (Serbian Monastery on Mount Athos, Greece), after finishing one year at the St Sava Seminary in Belgrade, he continued education at the Athonias Ecclesiastical Academy on the Mount Athos, from which he graduated in 1997 with honors. The following year he spent teaching Modern Greek at the Public University “BozidarAdzija” in Belgrade. In September 1998 he enrolled into the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology in Libertyville (USA) from where he graduated in June 2002. In 2003 he taught catechism in two High Schools in Belgrade: The School of Economy, and The School of Chemistry and Technology. In September of 2004, upon receiving a full academic scholarship, he moved to New York (United States) to pursue MA in General Theology at the St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, which he obtained in June 2006.

In January 2006 Vladimir married his wife Katarina Vranić, nee Kecman, a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. Their daughter Antonina was born in February 2009, and son Jovan in September 2014. In April 2006, Vladimir was ordained into the Holy Deaconate in the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of St. Sava in Libertyville, by His Eminence Metropolitan of
Midwestern America Christopher (Kovacevich). In September 2006, His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher ordained Fr. Vladimir into the Holy Priesthood and appointed him as the Dean at the St. Basil of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Parish in Lake Forest (North Chicago). There he organized a number of educational programs: Bible Study group, Fellowships and study groups, Christian Cinema, initiated the Children School, etc.  

In September 2009, Fr. Vladimir was appointed as the Referent for Interchurch Relations at the Office of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and an Honorary Editor in Chief of the Information and Press service at the Patriarchate in Belgrade. In December of the same year Fr. Vladimir was appointed to the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Archangel Michael in Belgrade. In July 2015, His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej appoints Fr. Vladimir as His Holiness’ Chief Secretary at the Office of the Serbian Patriarch. Fr. Vladimir held this position until October 2016, when he and his family moved to Toronto (Canada), where he first served at St. Archangel Gabriel SO Parish in Richmond Hill, until January 1, 2018, and subsequently at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Toronto until August 1, 2018. 

Fr. Vladimir currently occupies the following positions: parish priest at the Dormition of the Theotokos – “Gracanica” Serbian Orthodox Church in Windsor ON, priest-administrator of St. Basil of Ostrog Mission Parish in Halifax, and Editor for the English section of “Istocnik” - the official herald of the Diocese. 

Добро нам дошао Оче Владимире са Фамилијом! 

Свештеник Владимир Вранић је рођен 1978. године у Сарајеву од
почившег протојереја Перише Вранића, и Јелене Вранић (дев. Њагрић), професора музике. Основну школу отпочео у Сарајеву, а завршио у Београду. Средњу богословску школу отпочиње у Београду 1993. Завршава прву годину и по добијању стипендије Манастира Хиландара, наставља школовање у Црквеној академији „Атонијада“, у Кареји (Света Гора –Грчка) 1994-1997.
Образовање је наставио у Сједињеним америчким државама: најпре
основне студије на Теолошком факултету„Св. Сава“ у Либертивилу
(САД) у периоду од 1998-2002., а затим постдипломске студије на
Православној богословској академији „Св. Владимир“ у Њујорку (САД), 2004-2006. Рукоположен је у чин ђакона у априлу 2006., и исте године у септембру у чин презвитера, руком блажене успомене тада Митрополита средњезападноамеричког Христофора (Ковачевића).
До сада обављао следеће службе у Цркви:
• Парохијски свештеник при цркви Св. Василија Острошког у Лејк
Форесту (Северни Чикаго) 2006-2009.,
• Референт Канцеларије Светог Архијерејског Синода за спољне
црквене послове 2009-2015,
• Шеф Кабинета Патријарха српског 2015-2016,
• свештеник при Саборној цркви Св. Архангела Михаила у
Београду 2009-2016
• Хонорарни уредник Информативне службе Српске Православне
Цркве 2009-2016.
• Парохијски свештеник при цркви Св. Архангела Гаврила у
Ричмонд Хилу, Онтарио, Канада 2016-2017.
• Парохијски свештеник при храму Св. Саве у Торонту, Онтарио,
Канада, 2018.
Свештеник Владимир Вранић тренутно обавља следеће дужности:
парохијски свештеник при цркви Успења Прсесвете Богородице у
Виндзору (Онтарио), администратор при мисионарској парохији Св.
Василија Острошког у Халифаксу и уредник енглеске секције званичног епархијског гласила „Источник“.


CHURCH SLAVA

Monday August 28th, 2017

His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrofan together with our Parish Priest Protojerej Milan Jovanovic and honoured Slava Kumovi  Cedo & Lily Ciganovic with son Stevan.  Mnogaja ljeta!