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HIERARCH OF THE WESTERN AMERICAN DIOCESE
THE RIGHT REVEREND BISHOP MAXIM
OFFICE OF THE CHANCELLOR
Assistants to Chancellor
Jovan Katanic, Vladan Radovanovic
Rev. Deacon Zoran Aleksic
Episcopal Secretary Aleksandra Ceko
Episcopal Deputy V. Rev. Protopresbyter Stavrophor Petar Jovanovic
Los Angeles Deanery
V. Rev. Protopresbyter Stavrophor Nikola Ceko
V. Rev. Protopresbyter Stavrophor George Gligic
Butte Deanery V. Rev. Protobresbyter Predrag Bojovic
San Francisco Deanery
V. Rev. Protopresbyter Stavrophor Slobodan Jovic
Phoenix Deanery V. Rev. Protobresbyter Dragomir Tuba
DIOCESAN ECCLESIASTICAL COURT
Right Rev. Bishop Maxim, President
V. Rev. Protopresbyter Blasko Paraklis, Secretary
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His Grace Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevic) was elected Bishop of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South American at the regular assembly of the Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade, Serbia in 2006. Bishop Maxim is professor of Patristics at the Theological Faculty of the University of Belgrade, and was teaching Christian Anthropology and Sociology at the University of East Sarajevo and Patrology at the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois. His Grace Bishop Maxim graduated from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, University of Belgrade, in 1993. He completed his Masters of Theology at the University of Athens in 1996, and then three years later, in 1999, at the same university, he defended his doctorate in the field of Dogmatics and Patristics. He worked for one year on his post-doctorate in Paris and the Sorbonne in 2003-04, in the field of Byzantine History and Hagiography. During this time, he also delved in the theory and practical application of painting at the French Academy of Fine Arts in Paris. Bishop Maxim speaks Greek, French, Russian and English. He was the editor of “Theology” – Journal of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology, University of Belgrade. He also leads the Diocesan iconographical school inspired by Byzantine and Serbian medieval fresco painting and by Fr. Stamatis Skliris. Bishop Maxim’s scholarly books, studies, and articles include essays on Holy Fathers and Saints; he has also written on...
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“The Lord calls bishops to pastor His flock and He gives them the grace of the Holy Spirit…..They have the power to abstract our mind from the earth and to direct it towards the Lord. They grieve when they see that we offend God and, thus, hindering the Holy Spirit from residing in us. They are burdened by the sorrows of all the world and they pray unceasingly that we will find comfort in our sorrows; that peace will come to the entire world…Our Lord loved us so much that he suffered for us on the Cross. And His sufferings were so great; it is difficult for us to understand them [the bishops] because we do not love the Lord enough. Our spiritual pastors suffer for us in the same way, even though, many times, we do not comprehend their sadness. As great is the love of the pastor, the greater is his sadness. And we, the sheep, are obliged to understand this and to love and to honor the pastors. The Holy Spirit placed the bishops in the Church to pastor the flock of the Lord. If people would have remembered this, they would have loved their pastors with great love and their soul would have rejoiced just with the presence of a pastor.”