Holy Archangels' Monastery near Prizren, Serbia

"You showed me the church of Yours as the source of health", Dusan's gift charter. -Full reconstruction was interrupted... -In June 1999 a monk from the monastery, Fr. Chariton, was abducted. -Now - a spiritual center gathering the remaining Orthodox people from Prizren and around. The young monastic brotherhood is full of religious enthusiasm and remains confident that one day Holy Archangels will be completely reconstructed.

Friday, June 16, 2006

Remembering Kosovo's New Martyrs


Father Hariton Lukic
Today is the seven year anniversary of kidnapping and subsequent brutal murder of Serbian Orthodox monk, Father Hariton (Chariton) of the Holy Archangels Monastery near Prizren in Kosovo and Metohija, Serbia.

Fr. Hariton was kidnapped by the KLA Albanian extremists on June 15th 1999 in the streets of Prizren. His body was found one year later on August 8th 2000, in an unmarked grave in the cemetery of the Albanian village of Tusus near the city of Prizren. According to the post mortem report, Fr. Hariton's body was decapitated and severely mutilated. He was stabbed several times by knife. With his clothes the investigators have found Fr. Hariton's barely legible ID and the praying rope, by which his monastic brethren have identified him. The perpetrators of this murder have not yet been found.

Father Stefan Puric
A month later, on July 19 1999, Hieromonk Stefan Puric of the Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Budisavci near Klina in Kosovo and Metohija, was also abducted by the armed UCK (KLA) terrorists. According to the witnesses, father Stefan was violently tortured and subsequently murdered by Albanian terrorists. Fr. Stefan's body has never been found. By the information obtained from the Albanian side by Fr. David (Perovic), Fr. Stefan's mutilated body was thrown in an empty well and covered with animal carcasses.




Blogger Steve Hayes said...

In my blog I describe how a Serbian monk, Fr Pantelejmon, provides a link between Serbian monasticism and Youth Day in south Africa.

4:23 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Lord, have mercy.
Memory Eternal !

11:52 AM  

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