Stefan Stratimirović

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Stefan Stratimirović
Metropolitan of Karlovci
Mitropolit karlovački Stefan Stratimirović.jpg
Church Serbian Orthodox Church
Province Military Frontier, Austrian Empire
Metropolis Metropolitanate of Karlovci
Installed 1790
Term ended 1836
Predecessor Mojisije Putnik
Successor Stefan Stanković
Personal details
Born 27 December 1757
Kulpin, Kingdom of Hungary, Habsburg Monarchy
(now Serbia)
Died 22 September 1836(1836-09-22) (aged 78)
Sremski Karlovci, Kingdom of Slavonia, Austrian Empire
(now Serbia)
Nationality Serb (Rascian)
Denomination Eastern Orthodox
Residence Sremski Karlovci

Stefan Stratimirović (Serbian: Стефан Стратимировић;[a] 27 December 1757 – 22 September 1836) was the Metropolitan of Karlovci, head of the Serbian Orthodox Church in the Austrian Empire, between 1790 and 1836. Having been appointed metropolitan at the age of 33, Stratimirović maintained control over church life decisively and autonomously. He was an aid to Serbian rebel leader Karađorđe during the First Serbian Uprising and actively participated in the suppression of Tican's Rebellion in 1807.

Early life and appointment[edit]

Stratimirović family house in Kulpin, Serbia.

Born in Kulpin, a town in the Military Frontier, his family hailed from Herzegovina. Stratimirović lived in a private estate awarded to his family by Marie Therese in 1745. He was given a good education; he graduated from grade schools in Kulpin and Begeč, and later he attained the Gymnasium in Novi Sad, from which he also graduated. He afterwords studied philosophy and law in Vienna and Buda, later moving on to theology which he studied privately in Sremski Karlovci under Serbian archimandrite Jovan Rajić, because there were not yet any Serbian theology schools at the time. In 1784 he joined the Serbian Orthodox Church as a monk, and in 1786 he was appointed Bishop of Vršac. Later on he was appointed in the Eparchy of Buda, where he served for four years. On October 29, 1790, Stratimirović was made Metropolitan of Karlovci at the Assembly of Timişoara, at the age of 33.

Metropolitan of Karlovci[edit]

The Gymnasium of Karlovci, established by Stratimirović in 1792.

As metropolitan, Stratimirović paid special attention to the building of educational institutions. With the help of merchant Dimitrije Anastasijević Szabov he founded the Gymnasium of Karlovci in 1792, in 1794 the Karlovci Theology School, and in 1795 the Blagodejanije fund (later called "Stefaneum").

He edited and expanded the Metropolitanate library and established higher discipline within the clergy. As a religious leader he inspired independence and supported the First Serbian Uprising, despite leading the clergy remotely from within the Austrian Empire. He led a struggle against Viennese attempts of unifying Serbs with the Austrian Empire. He was a devoted enthusiast of both science and literature.

Under the strong influence of the conflict for preserving orthodoxy, Stratimirović gradually became more and more conservative and in so doing was opposed to the language reformations of Dositej Obradović, Sava Mrkalj, and Vuk Stefanović Karadžić. During the First Serbian Uprising he helped the rebels in secret by assisting in the supply of munitions and gunpowder from Prussia. In June 1804, he informed the Russian court of the plan of reviving the Serbian Empire as a protectorate of Russia.[1] In 1807 he played an active role in silencing Tican's Rebellion in Srem.

His heritage included many written works in a variety of languages as well as subjects. Although only two of his major works were ever printed during his lifetime, he wrote many other works in Latin, German and Serbian, among which there are historical, clerical, literary and other texts. After his death in 1836, more of his works were printed in published. Although requested, a biography was never written on his behalf, and only a list of his works and an outline on his life were ever written and published for the general public.

Legacy[edit]

He is included in The 100 most prominent Serbs.

Annotations[edit]

  1. ^ His name is, less commonly, and historically, spellt Stevan Stratimirović (Стеван Стратимировић).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Петар И Поповић (1933). Француско-српски односи за време првог устанка: Наполеон и Карађорђе. Издање потпомогнуто је из на Задужбине Луке Ћеловића-Требињца. p. 10. 

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Preceded by
Mojisije Putnik
Metropolitan of Karlovci
1790–1836
Succeeded by
Stefan Stanković