Eparchy of Polog and Kumanovo

Епархија полошко-кумановска
TerritoryCoat of arms of Bogovinje Municipality.svg Bogovinje,

Coat of arms of Brvenica Municipality.png Brvenica, Gostivar, Coat of arms of Jegunovce Municipality.svg Jegunovce, Coat of arms of Mavrovo and Rostuša Municipality.svg Mavrovo and Rostuša, Coat of arms of Tearce Municipality.svg Tearce, Tetovo-grb.jpg Tetovo, Coat of arms of Vrapčište Municipality.svg Vrapčište, Coat of arms of Želino Municipality.svg Želino, Coat of arms of Kumanovo Municipality.svg Kumanovo, Coat of arms of Kratovo Municipality.svg Kratovo, Coat of arms of Kriva Palanka Municipality.svg Kriva Palanka,

Coat of arms of Rankovce Municipality.svg Rankovce, Coat of arms of Lipkovo Municipality.jpg Lipkovo, Staro Nagorichane
HeadquartersCoat of arms of Kumanovo Municipality.svg Kumanovo
North Macedonia North Macedonia
DenominationEastern Orthodox
Sui iuris churchSerbian Orthodox Church – autonomous Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric
LanguageChurch Slavonic
Current leadership
BishopJoakim Jovčevski (2004–present)
Bishopric of Polog and Kumanovo
Map of the seven eparchies of Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric in North Macedonia

Eparchy of Polog and Kumanovo (Serbian: Епархија полошко-кумановска) is an Eastern Orthodox Eparchy of the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric, an autonomous and canonical branch of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North Macedonia. Its seat is in Kumanovo. Since 2004, the Bishop of Polog and Kumanovo is Joakim Jovčevski.[1]


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.[2][3] 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.[4][5] 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.[6]

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 Macedonia 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 Macedonia 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.[7] In 2004, he was elected as diocesan Bishop of Polog and Kumanovo.

See also


  1. ^ Biographies of the Bishops
  2. ^ Slijepčević 1958, pp. 60–61.
  3. ^ Ćirković 2004, pp. 51.
  4. ^ Slijepčević 1958, pp. 77–78.
  5. ^ Sotirović 2011, pp. 143–169.
  6. ^ Kiminas 2009, pp. 22, 28.
  7. ^ The Verdict for the Deposing from the Episcopal Rank of the Former Metropolitan of Polog and Kumanovo Cyril


  • Slijepčević, Đoko M. (1958). The Macedonian Question: The Struggle for Southern Serbia. Chicago: The American Institute for Balkan Affairs.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Ćirković, Sima (2004). The Serbs. Malden: Blackwell Publishing.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Kiminas, Demetrius (2009). The Ecumenical Patriarchate: A History of Its Metropolitanates with Annotated Hierarch Catalogs. Wildside Press LLC.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)
  • Sotirović, Vladislav B. (2011). "The Serbian Patriarchate of Peć in the Ottoman Empire: The First Phase (1557–94)". Serbian Studies: Journal of the North American Society for Serbian Studies. 25 (2): 143–169.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)

External links

  • Bishopric of Polog and Kumanovo
  • Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric: Decisions
  • Serbian Orthodox Church