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V. Rev. Darko Spasojevic, PhD, Cathedral Dean

V. Rev. Dr. Darko Spasojevic was born in 1976 in Montbeliard, France. He grew up in Velika Snjegotina, near Banja Luka in the Republic of Srpska. At the age of twelve, his father passed away, leaving him and his sister, Tanja, to be raised by their mother, Vidosava, in a single-parent household.

Fr. Darko began his education at St. Arsenius Seminary in Sremski Karlovci, Serbia, in 1991, completing his secondary studies there in 1996. He then entered the Faculty of Theology in Belgrade, Serbia, but after one year, he transferred to the St. Sava – Orthodox Faculty of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois, where he completed his undergraduate education in 2001.

Following his graduation from the St. Sava – Orthodox Faculty of Theology, Fr. Darko pursued graduate studies at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, earning both a Master of Arts and Master of Theology degrees. 

On November 3rd, 2003, he was ordained as a Deacon and just one month later, on December 4th, he was ordained as a Priest by His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, Illinois.

Following his ordination, Fr. Darko was appointed as the parish priest of the Western parish at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago. On November 1, 2008, His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher appointed him as the Dean of Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of Chicago.

He received a PhD in Theology – Ethics at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary located at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. His dissertation was titled: Public and Political Nature and Praxis of Church and Theology. In this dissertation he argued from the Eastern Orthodox perspective that the history of salvation and politics are inseparable, and that the Church is indispensable for the former. The political is defined very broadly as everything that touches the affairs of citizens. Through the liturgy and sacraments, the Church effects salvation in holistic and organic ways. It prevents any kind of spiritualization and privatization, because if we succumb to those, and many times we do, it becomes increasingly more difficult to see how faith is ‘relevant’ to the ‘real’ life or why it matters at all. By utilizing categories of time and space, both highly operative and with a strong theoretical purchase in theology and political theory, he tried to demonstrate the complexity of space, and the importance of our imagination of time. These categories in turn, influence our thinking of certain concepts, such as human rights, and practices, such as, political and theological forgiveness.

Fr. Darko is a proud father of Vasilisa. 


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