Eparchy of Polog and Kumanovo
|Eparchy of Polog and Kumanovo|
|Territory||Rankovce, Lipkovo, Staro Nagorichane|
Republic of Macedonia
|Sui iuris church||Serbian Orthodox Church – autonomous Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric|
|Bishop||Joakim Jovčevski (2004–present)|
|Bishopric of Polog and Kumanovo|
Eparchy of Polog and Kumanovo (Епархија полошко-кумановска) is an Eastern Orthodox Eparchy of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric, an autonomous and canonical branch of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Republic of Macedonia. Its seat is in Kumanovo. Since 2004, the Bishop of Polog and Kumanovo is Joakim Jovčevski.
From 1018 to 1282, regions of Polog and Kumanovo were under ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Archbishopric of Ohrid. In 1282, regions were incorporated into Kingdom of Serbia and placed under the jurisdiction of Serbian Orthodox Church. In 1395, entire region was conquered by Ottoman Turks and placed again under the jurisdiction of Archbishopric of Ohrid.
In 1557, when Serbian Patriarchate of Peć was restored, regions were returned under its ecclesiastical jurisdiction. Since 1766, when Serbian Patriarchate was abolished, regions came under the jurisdiction of Patriarchate of Constantinople as part of the Eparchy of Skopje. In 1920 entire region was again returned to the jurisdiction of Serbian Orthodox Church.
In 1959, Serbian Orthodox Church granted autonomy to eparchies in Republic of Macedonia. After the unilateral and uncanonical proclamation of autocephaly of Macedonian Orthodox Church in 1967, ecclesiastical order was disrupted. Since Republic of Macedonia proclaimed independence in 1992, Serbian Orthodox Church decided to place all eparchies in FYRM under special administration. In 1993, auxiliary bishop Jovan Mladenović of Tetovo (in the region of Polog) was appointed administrator of all eparchies in the Republic of Macedonia. Next year, he was transferred to another duty and administration of eparchies in FYRM was given to Bishop Pahomije Gačić of Vranje. In 2003, Eparchy of Polog and Kumanovo was placed under the administration of Joakim Jovčevski, auxiliary Bishop of Velika. In 2004, he was elected as diocesan Bishop of Polog and Kumanovo.
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