Metropolitan Grigorij (1825-1833), of Bitola and Pelagonija constructor of St Dimitrij church in Bitola; he expanded the church hospital for the poor Christians, defendant of the Christian population, benefactor and protector of the Christians of Pelagonia region.
It was a man who got Bitola's citizens of different religions and social background together, great protector of the poor, the homeless, the disabled and orphans. With the reconstruction and expansion of the church hospital he took care of their health. He was an organizer of church schools, where priests and students were educated in their mother language, a man who passed his last years occupying the highest position as a Carigrad patriarch, on which throne he died. He always fought for the freedom and rights of Macedonian people, he served faithfully to Christian faith and with his blessing, while he was on patriarch's throne new churches were constantly being built and rebuilt throughout Macedonia. On 14 October 1825 year of our Lord, Grigorij was appointed a new Bitola's metropolitan. When he came to Bitola, the new metropolitan Grigorije brought sultan's "berat" (convention), which stated that no one was entitled "to take away the churches and monasteries from Christians who had possessed them for a very long time and without permission no one can control them" It is believed that his origins were from Bitola and Bitola's region. From Carigrad he came to Bitola to be a metropolitan and he was personally engaged in the construction of the most magnificent church of many decades and centuries in Bitola "St Dimitrija".
Immediately after obtaining a permission, Gligorij started and in a record time he built the "St Dimitrija " church. In 1833 patriarch Gligorij after eight years of archipriest service (1825-1833) left his ar-chipriest throne with all honours and by the order of the Carigrad patriach went to Seres and then to Carigrad in order to take over the post of a patriarch until his blissful beatification.
DISTINGUISHED PEOPLE FOR BITOLA
authors: Lence Andonovska, Naume Gorgievski, Blagoj Nikolov, Trajko Ognenovski, Gordana Pesevska, Aneta Stefanovska, Svetlana Taleska ; translation in english Vesna Milevska.
NIUL "St. Clement Ohridski": Municipality of Bitola