His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher of Libertyville-Chicago passed away in the Lord this evening. He was a married priest, ordained in 1951. His wife Milka passed away in 1970, leaving four children. During his parochial ministry he served Serbian parishes in Johnstown, Pittsburgh and Chicago. He was elected bishop of the Eastern American diocese in 1978 which he served until 1991 when the Holy Assembly of Bishops in Belgrade raised the status of the Midwest Diocese, upon its 70th anniversary, to that of a metropolitanate. Bishop Christopher was elevated to metropolitan making him the first metropolitan of the newly formed Metropolitanate of Midwestern America in 1991. It was in 2009, during the restructuring of the dioceses in the US and Canada, that the Metroplitanate of Midwestern America became the Metropolitanate of Libertyville-Chicago.
May the memory of Metropolitan Christopher be eternal. Вечнаја памјат!
He was just in town this past summer visiting his daughter, my choir director (here).