Serbian Patriarch Porfirije attended the ceremony celebrating the eighty-seventh anniversary of the establishment of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Belgrade.
Addressing the audience, which included the dean, Prof. Dr. Milorad Mirilović, esteemed professors, students, and guests, the Patriarch emphasized the veterinarians’ role in fostering harmony between humans and the animal kingdom. “The service of veterinarians is pivotal in creating an environment for the coexistence of mankind and the world of animals,” he emphasized, highlighting the neutral nature of knowledge and the importance of channeling it through true spirituality.
The Patriarch stressed the profound significance of education, echoing Saint Sava’s enlightenment, stressing that education goes beyond mere learning—it’s about inner growth and self-cultivation. “Your learning here equips you not only with professional qualifications but also with the ability to serve society, the state, and yourselves,” he pointed out. He encouraged the audience never to overlook the vital aspect of self-cultivation, which he likened to Saint Sava’s enlightenment that has guided the Serbian people across centuries.
Concluding his speech, the Patriarch extended his best wishes, urging everyone to aspire to authenticity and goodness, emphasizing the responsibility of using knowledge for the collective well-being and the glory of God.
Source: Serbian Orthodox Church / Translated by: Konstantinos Menyktas