V. Rev. Fr Nemanja Mrdjenovic
Lecturer: Christian Discipleship
Qualifications: BA(UWS), MATheol(SCD).
Fr Nemanja was born (1983) in Nova Gradiska, Croatia, and came to Australia as a refugee in 2003.
He graduated from the University of Western Sydney with Bachelor of Arts majoring in History, Politics and Philosophy, and a sub-major in Cultural and Social Analysis. Received basic theological training at the Orthodox Theological Faculty of the Belgrade University and a Master of Arts degree in Theology from St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College in Sydney.
Fr Nemanja has authored three books (all in Serbian), including a book of poetry. His Orthodox catechetical textbook Orthodoxy ABC (2018, Sydney, Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand SOC) for Years 1 and 4 of Primary School
is forthcoming. He has published numerous articles, essays and studies in various printed and electronic media and journals. He translated a book, The Church in Post-Communist Europe by Christos Yannaras into Serbian, and edited a book on the Serbian royal dynasty Obrenovich (Obrenovich – Extinct Serbian Dynasty by Aleksandar Backo and Dn Hadzi Nenad M Jovanovic, Belgrade, 2016), and has presented at international conferences.
He is a recipient of several literary awards in Serbia and abroad, including the recognition of the Royal Literary Club "Karageorgevich" for poetry. He was awarded the Russian Order of "Value, honor and glory", the commemorative medal 1613-2013 of the Imperial house of Romanoff, and Russian medals "One faith - one nation" and “For rebirth of Cossack movement”. Fr Nemanja is a member of the Centre for Research of Orthodox Monarchism from Belgrade and an inaugural president of its Board for Theological Studies.
Fr Nemanja continues to teach Orthodox catechism in several primary schools and high schools in Sydney and serves as a coordinator for Special Religious Education of Serbian Orthodox Church in New South Wales. In 2016, he was rewarded by the NSW Department of Education for his exceptional catechetical labor in public schools.
He was ordained a deacon in 2010 in the Serbian Orthodox Church. Three years later he was ordained a presbyter and at the same time, as a prior diocesan protodeacon, elevated to the dignity of protovicarius. Fr. Nemanja was a Secretary of the Metropolitanate Executive Board, as well as the Secretary of the Ecclesiastical Court of the Metropolitanate of Australia and New Zealand and of other Metropolitanate bodies from 2010 until 2015. He is a parish priest at Saint Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Blacktown, NSW.
Fr Nemanja is the grateful husband of Matushka Danka and a proud father of Katarina and Dimitrije.