Priest Goran (Seraphim) Jovanov Deposed by Australian Orthodox Church (GOC-I)



Dear brothers and sisters in the Faith,

in this year of Our Lord 2014, on this 14th day of November commemorating the Holy Unmercenaries Cosmas and Damian; I Prokopios, Bishop of this Metropolis hereby deliver via decree the unfortunate defrockment of the former cleric: Goran (Seraphim) Jovanov.

It is with great sadness, and much regret that after a period of review and petition, the diocesan tribunal gathered to discern the unlawful actions of the former cleric concerned.

Hence, after a intense term of inquiry, we humbly submit the findings of the cleric mentioned above; with due integrity to the person in question.

Thus, due to various canonical impediments which have been disclosed to the Holy Synod and this venerable assembly (tribunal); the former (Archimandrite) Priest has been removed from the ranks of the clergy due to abandoning his duties at the Altar he was ordained to serve.

Furthermore, the cleric anathematized himself willfully and by premeditation; thus joining himself to an unlawful sect with a deposed cleric which share not in Apostolic Communion.

In conclusion, may I remind the faithful that any continuity of ministry served by the apostate, is rendered invalid, uncanonical; absent of all Grace!

It is my fervent prayer that the now layman: Goran Jovanov entreats the Lord for his mercy and in time will ask forgiveness from the people of God he has betrayed.

May I invite you all to pray for his repentance that he like the prodigal son may come to his senses and return to the Father.

With patronal care; imparting my Apostolic blessing to the People of God,

Signed by our own hand:

CC: Holy and Sacred Synod of the Bishops & all Orthodox Churches in Australia.

Editor’s Note: The GOC under the Presidency of Archbishop Iakovos III (GOC-I) is the continuation of that Synod formerly headed by Archbishop Maximos (Vallianatos) and Archbishop Auxentios II (Marinos). Metropolitan Prokopios is the ruling Metropolitan of Australia. This news comes from their official website at

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5 thoughts on “Priest Goran (Seraphim) Jovanov Deposed by Australian Orthodox Church (GOC-I)

  • November 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    The Bishop and the local church tribunal done really well. This man was a crook. He used the Bishop and the people in order to become a priest. Bu he never was ordained Deacon he provided false documentation about his deaconate. The local Australian Orthodox Church must take legal action and send this crook behind the bars.

  • November 16, 2014 at 11:51 pm

    “The GOC under the Presidency of Archbishop Iakovos III (GOC-I) is the continuation of that Synod formerly headed by Archbishop Maximos (Vallianatos) and Archbishop Auxentios II (Marinos). Metropolitan Prokopios is the ruling …. ”

    A synod of vagantes, for vagantes, and by vagantes…

    • November 17, 2014 at 11:29 am

      Just for the purpose of clarification, our site is a broad news site that seeks to present information that will be of interest to our readership–inclusion of a group in the news does not indicate an endorsement of said group. Speaking for myself, I hold to the position of my synod regarding who is the canonical GOC of Greece, and its sister Churches. I do believe, though, that there is value in knowing what is going on in other synods and churches.

    • November 17, 2014 at 11:37 am

      Now this post I am making will be speculative and nothing more: there have been two other bishops in Australia who came from uncanonical roots and were later regularized over time (Bp. Chrysostomos of Sydney, who reposed in 2010) and Metropolitan Spyridon of Adelaide, who reposed in 2012). What is to say that this Metropolitan Procopios, or other people in this GOC-I, will not some day find themselves in a position where they seek to come out of their current situation? Should we antagonize them now, or speak the truth in love? Given the way things have gone in history, I personally take the open approach.

      The situation in Australia is a big mess–in fact, Met. Spyridon had problems of communication with the GOC Synod after he was received, and he retired and for some reason no GOC bishop or priest went to serve his funeral (I could inquire further, but I don’t think it’s really my business, so I will just assume it was a miscommunication or misunderstanding and that neither side was malicious). This Metropolitan Procopios, then a New Calendar priest, served his funeral with other New Calendarist priests, at the family’s behest. But now Fr. Procopios finds himself in a GOC Church as its bishop…let’s look at progress, and not just throw the word vagante around loosely (although it may be accurate ultimately; I am not sure). I don’t buy the claims of that synod, to be sure, but let’s take each individual at face value until there is a reason to blanketly dismiss him.

  • November 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    Deposition stories always seems to immediately shoot up there in popularity.

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