Diocesan News

Visit to San Francisco

2016 11 13 san francisco 017An Orthodox community had formed in San Francisco in 1858, called the “Greek-Russian Slavonian Eastern Church and Benevolent Society.” The community consisted of Russians, Serbs, Greeks, and Syrians who had come to California in the first years of the Gold Rush. Today, the city of San Francisco, the leading financial and cultural center of Northern California and the San Francisco Bay Area, has many Orthodox Parishes. The dawn of the history of the Serbian Parish of Saint John the Baptist begins with the arrival of the late Right Reverend Father Archimandrite George Kodzic in San Francisco in February of 1919.

On November 13, 2016, His Grace Bishop Maxim served the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in our Cathedral. After the Matins, and prior to the Divine Liturgy, Luka Erceg, dedicated parishioner and church council member was honored to receive the first degree order, by being tonsured a reader (čtec) by His Grace. The tonsuring occurred following the Great Doxology. Luka was led by Father Djurica and Deacon Vladan to the center of the solea in front of the Bishop. Following three prostrations toward the Holy Altar and one prostration before His Grace Bishop Maxim.  His Grace then laid his hand on Luka’s head and both the Deacon and His Grace led the prayers of the tonsuring. Luka has been assisting Fr. Djurica in the Altar since he moved to San Francisco few years ago. Many parishioners were present along with Luka’s family. The ordination or tonsuring of a reader (čtec) is a first degree order.  It is a commitment by the new reader to continue learning and reading of our Lord Jesus Christ with the goal of serving our Lord, His Church, and the community.  It is not an accolade, rather a commitment to even more service to our Lord.  The ordination may continue to further ministry, or not.  As always, we seek to follow to the lessons of our Lord Jesus Christ, and this is another path.

His Grace Bishop Maxim delivered a sermon, explaining our Lord’s story of the sower and the seed, from Sunday's Gospel reading according to St. Luke. It was a pleasurable day for all, and was completely unexpected as His Grace was not scheduled to be in San Francisco that day. He said that as Orthodox we live the mystery of the new creation in a totally different way: we are in another world, a different atmosphere, and way of thinking.

Following the Divine Liturgy His Grace Bishop Maxim, along with clergy and all faithful gathered in church hall for lunch prepared by parish board president Stan Grgich. Bishop Maxim, also, thrilled and delighted the children with his famous “candy rain”!



 

San Francisco KSS Helps 4 Families in Kosovo and Metohija

2016 10 24 sf kss helps 4 families1Kolo srpskih sestara iz San Franciska poslalo je pomoć za četiri porodice iz Velikog Ropotova i Pančela u kosovskom pomoravlju.

Monahinja Irina iz manastira Gračanice, koja vodi Humanitarnu organizaciju „Sveti Jovan Milostivi“ uručila je novčanu pomoć i igračke deci porodica Slavoljuba Naskovića, Dejanović Srđana i Bobana Nikolića iz Ropotova i Ivana Aksića iz Pančela.

Porodica Nikolić je u posebno teškoj situaciji jer domaćin Boban mora tri puta nedeljno da odlazi u Vranje na lečenje i dijalizu.

Kolo srpskih sestara iz San Franciska i Eparhija zapadno-američka sa svojim episkopom Maksimom redovno pomažu mnogočlane i materijalno ugrožene porodice na Kosovu i Metohiji.

 

 

 

Church Slava in San Marcos, CA

2016 10 23 san marcos slava 01San Marcos, CA - His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese made a canonical visit to the faithful of St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church in San Marcos, California on Sunday, October 23, 2016 the 18th Sunday after Pentecost and the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the Seventh Ecumenical Council. It was on this Sunday that the parishioners of St. Petka festively celebrated their Church Slava. Concelebrating with His Grace at the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy were Protopresbyter Stavrophor Milan Vukovic, retired priest from the San Marcos parish and Protopresbyter Milovan Katanic, parish priest. Also serving were Deacon Vladan Radovanovic, the diocesan deacon and Deacon David-John Williams from the neighboring Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos parish in Orange County. Following the Slava Litiya His Grace blessed the Slava kolach and koljivo with this year's kumovi Momcilo and Emilija Curcic. A festive Slava banquet followed in the church hall.

On Thursday, October 27, on the feast day of the Venerable Mother Paraskeva, St. Petka, even though a weekday, the church was almost full with the many parishioners who attended the Divine Liturgy. Parishioners who were unable to attend in the morning came to church throughout the day to light a candle and offer their prayers to St. Petka. May God, through her prayers, send His blessings to this parish and all its parishioners now and for generations to come.

 

 

 

Еп. Максим у Андрићграду: ОСТАВИМО ОНО ШТО НАС ОДВАЈА ОД БОГА

2010 10 16 andricgrad 012Недалеко од ћуприје на зеленој Дрини, у цркви Светог Кнеза Лазара у Андрићграду (или Каменграду у Вишеграду) Епископ западноамерички Максим (Васиљевић) служио је Свету литургију у недељу 16. октобра, на празник посвећен свештеномученику Дионисију Ареопагиту.

Преосвећеном Епископу је саслуживало више свештеника Епархије Дабробосанске, који служе у храмовима на подручју Вишеграда, Фоче и Рогатице. Молитвеном сабрању присуствовао је верни народ Вишеграда и околине.

Ослањајући се на прочитане библијске одломке, Владика је окупљенима у храму говорио о плодовима васкрсења у Христу према Апостолу Павлу: “Ако дакле васкрснусте са Христом... умртвите уде своје који су на земљи... свукавши старог човека с делима његовим, и обукавши новога који се обнавља...” Поручио је епископ: „Оставите дјела таме, порока и свега онога што вас одваја од љубави Божије“, те истакао да је циљ човјечијег живота назвати се синовима и кћерима Божијим, што се постиже кроз Свету литургију, односно дарове које нам је Христос даровао, са врхунцем у Светом причешћу, које нас обавезује на доследан етички живот.

Владика је образложио јеванђелску приповест о жени Хананејки и Христовом дијалогу са особом која није била из јудејског народа.
„Христос поштује њену личност, њену муку и бол због болесне кћери. Дирљиво је на који начин Господ призива људе себи а све у циљу њиховог спасења“, казао је епископ Максим.

Позивајући вернике да од Бога у литургији измоле дар живота и љубави кроз свету евхаристију, Владика је позвао на међусобну солидарност, праштање и љубав и да по узору на Христову љубав према незнабошцима сви будемо отвореног срца за све и помажемо једни друге.
После литургије, епископ Максим је издвојио своје време за дружење са народом и дечицом у историјском комплексу града чија разгледница обухвата мноштво знеменитости из средњовековних и новијих времена, а потом се упутио ка манастиру Успенија Пресвете Богородице у Добруну, где је извршио помен над гробом упокојеног Митрополита дабробосанског Николаја.

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Press release regarding Father Daniel MacKay

 

Western American Diocese
of the Serbian Orthodox Church

1621 W. Garvey Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91803
Tel. 626-289-9061


 

Friday, October 14, 2016

PRESS RELEASE (PDF)

Statement from the Western American Diocese
Regarding the Arrest of Father Daniel MacKay

Alhambra, CA – The Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church has been informed that Father Daniel J. MacKay, age 42, was arrested on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in Lane County, Oregon. Father Daniel was contacted by police and arrested on charges stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor and possession of a controlled substance. While the criminal proceedings are pending and until the conclusion of ecclesiastical proceedings, Father Daniel will be suspended from all pastoral duties to which he was assigned.

While everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the Western American Diocese nonetheless takes allegations of misconduct in any form very seriously and must act accordingly to insure the safety and security of all our Orthodox parishioners and others as we conduct our worship and ministries together. Such misconduct is abhorrent and not condoned by the Holy Orthodox Faith. We are deeply concerned and pray for all involved.

The Western American Diocese stands ready to cooperate with the civil authorities. Further, anyone who might be, or knows someone that has been, a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the diocesan clergy, church employee or volunteer should first call the police and then report the matter, confidentially, to the Diocesan ombudsman at +1.415.930.9069.

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Slava Celebration at Saint Steven's Cathedral in Alhambra, CA

2016 10 02 alhambra slava 013Alhambra, California - On Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 a glorious celebration of three very special events took place at the Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California. On this day the parish celebrated its Krsna Slava, the Feast of Saint Steven - Simon the Monk; the 70th Anniversary of the Cathedral; and the 10th Anniversary of the Enthronement of His Grace Bishop Maxim as the Hierarch of the Western American Diocese.

The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Maxim, together with the Cathedral Dean, V. Rev. Nichoals Ceko, Assistant Priest, Rev. Norman Kosanovich, and visiting clergy, V. Rev. Ilija Dajkovic, and V. Rev. Predrag Bojovic, who will soon to be the parish priest at the St. Sava Church in San Gabriel. The Saint Steven's Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Youth Choral participated with responses & hymns, leading in song the many faithful who attended.

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