Diocesan News

Bishop Maxim's Meeting with Sacramento "Monday Group"

sacramento-group-10-23-2013-1On Tuesday in Sacramento, a group of young people from Sacramento area had been invited to meet and visit with Vladika at Fr. William Weir's house. The Right Reverend Bishop MAXIM was the Honored Guest for the 20–40 Monday night group. Protinica Maryanne had wonderfully organized the event and prepared a delicious meal for the group. Vladika Maxim sat surrounded by the young people and they shared an evening of exploring ideas. This was their second meeting in two months and, again, they discussed topics of interest to the group, theological-philosophical and societal items. At the last meeting with Vladika Maxim in August, there was some discussion about Syria and world events; some discussion of ‘forgive’ and ‘forget’; some discussion about the notion of ‘now’ as well as other various topics. 

Sebastian Press goes into Francophone Editions by publishing Jovan Ducic's Poetry

poetThe Serbian Cultural Centre in Paris on Friday evening, October 11, 2013, hosted an extraordinary event. A promotion of book of poetry by Jovan Dučić and an exhibition of unpublished Dučić correspondence was organized by book publishers in cooperation with the Serbian Cultural Centre in Paris. This is a major cultural event of the year because we are marking the seventieth anniversary of Dučić's death by issuing the first bilingual edition translations of poems in French of this prince of Serbian poetry. About the book spoke: literary critic Slavko Maleševic, editor of this edition Ljubomir Mihajlovic, the publisher Bishop Maxim Vasiljevic, a poet Komnen Bećirović, while actor Sasha Petronijević Dučićevu read poetry in French and Serbian.

Епископ Максим у новој посети Српској Метохији

metohije-2013У петак, 4. Октобра 2013. године, Епископ Западноамерички Максим посетио град Призрен у Метохији и том приликом поделио новчану помоћ за децу из сиромашних породица коју је сакупило Коло Српских Сестара из Залива Сан Франциска. И овај пут је Епархија Западноамеричка показала искрену братску солидарност коју Српски народ у САД дубоко осећа према Србима на Косову и Метохији.

Bishop Maxim Speaks at XXI International Conference on Orthodox Spirituality - Monastery Bose, Italy

1.stories.ospitalita.convegni-spiritualita-ortodossa.2013.CEISO2013 ITAOn Saturday, 7 September 2013, the 21st International Ecumenical Conference ended at the Bose Monastery. Hierarchs and monastics belonging to the Orthodox Churches, to the Reform, and to the Catholic Church, after four intense days of meetings and dialogue, ended their work with a prayer for peace in the Bose monastery church, adhering to the appeal of the bishop of Rome, pope Francis. 

The representatives of the Churches
The Bose conference wanted to listen to the wisdom of the fathers, to offer a space for reflection on the theme of spiritual maturity through the crises of passage from one age to another of life, believing that the spiritual dimension is essential for authentic human maturity. This is the idea emphasized in the numerous messages of greeting from the heads of the Churches, among them the messages of the ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew I, read by the patriarch’s delegate, bishop Iosif of Patara; of metropolitan Ilarion in the name of the patriarch of Moscow Kirill; and that of cardinal Tarcisio Bertone in the name of pope Francis.

Diocesan Days 2013 - Sunday

diocesan-days-2013-sunday-liturgyPhoto Gallery | Bishop Maxim's Homily |  Grand Banquet (Audio) 

On Sunday, September 1st, 2013, the third day of the Jubliee Celebration of the Western American Diocese, the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was concelebrated by His Grace, Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese, His Eminence, Archbishop Joseph, Antiochian Bishop of Los Angeles and the West, and His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin, OCA Bishop of the West, together with all the Clergy and faithful Orthodox Christians from throughout the Western American Diocese. 

This was a beautiful service of thanksgiving, with prayful responses from the Saint Steven's Cathedral Choir who were joined by many singers from parishes throughout the Diocese.

Diocesan Days 2013 - Saturday

diocesan-days-2013-saturdayView Photo Gallery | Oratorical Festival (Audio) | Breze Concert (Audio)

On Satuday, August 31st of Diocesan Days 2013: Freedom to Pursue the Faith, the day began with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy concelebrated by His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Hieromonk Iakovos of St. Simonopetra Monastery on Mount Athos, Rev. Dr. John Erickson, St. Vladimir's Seminary Dean Emeritos, and all the clergy and parishioners of the Western Diocese. 

Following the Liturgy, refreshments were served and everyone gathered for the Symposium where our guest speaker Dr. James Skedros, Professor at Holy Cross Seminary in Boston gave a very enlightening presentation on "St. Constantine the Great". 

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