Dositej Vasić

Dositej Vasić (Serbian Cyrillic: Доситеј Васић; 5 December 1878 – 13 January 1945) was the first Serbian Orthodox Metropolitan of Zagreb and a victim of religious intolerance perpetuated by the Independent Satellite State of Croatia during the Genocide of Serbs.[1]

Metropolitan of Zagreb
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Native name
ChurchSerbian Orthodox Church
DioceseMetropolitanate of Zagreb
Term ended1945
RankMetropolitan bishop
Personal details
Birth nameDragutin Vasić
Born(1878-12-05)5 December 1878
Belgrade, Principality of Serbia
Died13 January 1945(1945-01-13) (aged 66)
Belgrade, Yugoslavia
DenominationEastern Orthodoxy
Alma materKiev Theological Academy


Dragutin Vasić was born on 5 December 1887 in Belgrade. He graduated and acquired the master's degree in 1904 at the Kiev Theological Academy. After that, he finished philosophy at the universities of Berlin and Leipzig.

The Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected him the bishop of Niš in May 1913. During the Great War he did not want to leave Niš, so the enemy found him in his residence and interned him as a prisoner of war. Immediately after that, 150 priests were brutally slaughtered. He returned from the internment camp to his Eparchy in 1918. He was Bishop of Transcarpathia[2] and vice-president of the Holy Synod and took part in the negotiations with the Patriarchate of Constantinople about the re-establishment of the Serbian Patriarchate in 1920. Upon the establishment of Zagreb Bishopric, the bishop-martyr Dositej was ordained its first metropolitan.[3]

He died on 13 January 1945 after being tortured in a Zagreb prison, in which Roman Catholic nuns participated as well.[4] He was buried in the churchyard of the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin in Belgrade or Manastir Vavedenja Presvete Bogorodice in Belgrade.[5]


  1. ^ "Protodeacon Vladimir Vasilik. The Role of the Roman Catholic Church in the Genocide of Serbs on the Territory of the "Independent State of Croatia"". OrthoChristian.Com. Retrieved 2019-08-26.
  2. ^ Kalkandjieva, Daniela (2014-11-20). The Russian Orthodox Church, 1917-1948: From Decline to Resurrection. Routledge. ISBN 9781317657750.
  3. ^ Kalkandjieva, Daniela (2014-11-20). The Russian Orthodox Church, 1917-1948: From Decline to Resurrection. Routledge. ISBN 9781317657750.
  4. ^ Bulajić, Milan (1988). Ustaški zločini genocida i suđenje Andriji Artukoviću 1986. godine (in Serbian). Rad. ISBN 9788609001369.
  5. ^ "T. Vuković: Mržnja i mašta iz Srpske pravoslavne crkve". 2015-11-24. Retrieved 2019-08-26.
Eastern Orthodox Church titles
New title Metropolitan of Zagreb
Succeeded by
Damaskin Grdanički
Preceded by
Domentijan Popović
Bishop of Niš
Succeeded by
Jovan Ilić