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His Holiness Patriarch Irinej, head of the Serbian Orthodox Church, while on a stopover in New York on his way the canonization of St. Mardarije in Libertyville, visited the site of Saint Sava Cathedral which was devastated in a fire on Pascha last year.

The Serbian Patriarch was met at the Cathedral site by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, head of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of America.

His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America, the diocesan hierarch, accompanied the Patriarch and Archbishop, and briefed them on reconstruction plans during the visit.

Clergy and representatives of the local parish community were also present to greet the Patriarch.

Photos Credit: Dimitrios Panagos - Greek Orthodox Archdiocese



patriarch airserbiaThursday, July 13th - His Holiness Patriarch Irinej, 44th successor of Saint Sava on the primatial Throne of the Serbian Orthodox Church, has arrived in New York en route to Chicago, where he will lead celebrations this weekend for the canonization of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville and All-America.

The AirSerbia direct flight connecting Belgrade and New York which carried Patriarch Irinej, operated by an A330 aircraft named after "Nikola Tesla," landed at JFK International Airport at 11:39 AM local time.

The Patriarch and his delegation will continue their onward journey to Chicago accompanied by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America.

Fresno Parish Celebrates Slava

fresnoslava2017 08St. Peter the Apostle parish’s 66th annual commemoration of Ss. Peter and Paul (Petrovdan) was held on Sunday, July 9.   This day, at which we gather to honor our patron saint, is always a day of great joy.

On this very warm summer day here in the heart of California’s Central Valley, we gathered as a Eucharistic parish community which has been mystically identified with Ss. Peter & Paul—through Christ—to specifically ask them to intercede in our behalf, and to glorify God  “who is wonderful in His saints.”  Our beloved Bishop Maxim was greeted at the entrance of the parish temple by the parish rector Protopresbyter Stavrophor George Gligich, visiting priest Father John Mikitish, from New Haven, CT. and Deacon Joseph Wesseler, a recent graduate from St. Vladimir’s Seminary.  Deacon Joseph, who was from our St. Peter parish, was ordained at the Seminary by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America, with the blessing of Bishop Maxim on Lazarus Saturday.  This was Bishop Maxim’s first opportunity to celebrate the Hierarchical Liturgy with his newest deacon.

Led by the altar servers into the temple, His Grace was greeted with the singing of “It is Truly Meet...” by the parish Youth Choir under the direction of Maria Briggs. The Youth Choir and St. Peter’s Choir (directed by Djakonitsa Peggy Matthews) sang antiphonally throughout the Liturgy adding to the joy of our Eucharistic gathering.  At the conclusion of the Liturgy the Litya procession around the church with the reading of the Gospel and sanctification with Holy Water took place.  Upon reentering the temple the Slava Bread and Wheat were blessed.  This year the Kumovi for the Slava were the Epperson Family, Jason and Lamia together with their children Braeden, Mason and Leila.

At the conclusion of the Liturgy His Grace warmly and lovingly greeted Father George and all of the faithful on the celebration of our Slava and the joy that he was filled with on being able to share this day with us.  Father George welcomed His Grace expressing the blessing of having our beloved archpastor once again in our midst.

Joining us for the Slava banquet in the parish hall were Father Jim and Presvytera Donna Pappas from the neighboring St. George Greek Orthodox Church.  They are also godparents for the Epperson children, our Slava Kumovi.  During the banquet the Parish Council presented the Epperson Family with an Icon the Holy Apostle Peter for their many years of service to the parish.  Jason and Lamia expressed their gratitude for being honored, the blessing it has been to work with the many children in our church school for over twenty years, and the love that they had for each and every parishioner.

During the banquet, Maria Briggs who is a professor of voice at California State University at Fresno presented a concert of various Russian songs, while also beautifully playing the piano.  At the conclusion of the banquet the St. Peter Youth Scholarship in the amount of $1000 was presented by Andrej Romanenko to graduating His School Senior Faith Bundros.  Faith is the daughter of parishioners Christopher and Shirley Bundros and had numerous academic honors from Clovis High School as well as outstanding participation in the activities and worship of our parish community.

The banquet was prepared by Ernie and Cheryl Duran and their dedicated committee and we our grateful to them.  This was truly a special day in the life of our parish community.  We thank God and through the intercessions of the Holy Apostles for His continued mercy and love for our parish!


The Feast of St. John the Wonderworker in Eugene, Oregon

eugene slava 2017 04On Sunday, July 2, 2017, His Grace Bishop Maxim, together with the clergy and parishioners of the St. John the Wonderworker parish in Eugene, Oregon, celebrated the Feast of St. John the Wonderworker.

The days festivities begin with with Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, followed by the Feast Day (Slava) service and then a wonderful luncheon outside on the beautiful Trapeza. 



DajkovichThe Falling Asleep in the Lord of 
August 3, 1934-June 17, 2017

It is with great sadness, yet with hope in the Resurrection, that we share with you the news of the passing of Very Rev. Father Ilija Daikovich, who fell asleep in the Lord June 17, 2017. Father Ilija was born on August 3, 1934 in Drusici, Rijeka Crnojevica Cetinje, Montenegro. He received his theological education in the Seminary in Prizren, Kosovo and in Belgrade, Serbia. He and Protinica Anka were married in 1959 at the Saint Sava Cathedral in New York City, and in 1960, Father Ilija was ordained to the Holy Diaconate and soon after, to the Holy Priesthood.. Father Ilija faithfully served the Serbian Orthodox Church for many decades, and was loved and respected by the countless faithful to whom he ministered during his distinguished priesthood. 

The Pomen Prayer Service will be held on Friday, June 23, at 7:30 p.m., preceded by Visitation at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, June 24, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. followed by the funeral at 10:30 a.m. All services will be held at Saint Steven's Cathedral.

We extend our sincere condolences to his widow Protinica Anka, their children Petar, Marija, Nina and Vera, and the entire Dajkovich family.

With the saints give rest O Christ, to the soul of Your servant, where there is 
neither sickness nor sorrow, nor sighing, but everlasting life!

May his Memory be Eternal!


Pentecost in Kalispell & Butte Montana

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On June 3rd, Saturday of Souls, the parish of St. Herman of Alaska in Kalispell Montana experienced the pentecostal joy of receiving our beloved hierarch and arch-pastor, bishop Maxim, for the celebration of the Divine Liturgy. Being the eve of the great feast of Pentecost, the Liturgy felt doubly festal that day as the faithful of the Flathead Valley
gathered in synaxis to pray for our departed and to recall and anticipate the great gift of the Holy Spirit. In his homily, Bishop Maxim spoke of the transformative encounter with Christ that we experience in the life in the Church and in her mysteries, which is only possible for mankind through the Pentecostal gift of the Holy Spirit. Being also the feast of Sts. Constantine and Helena, His Grace, reminded the faithful that it is in the lives of the saints that we see the promise of the Holy Spirit lived out in the history of the this world and are thereby reminded of the promise in our own daily lives. The community was also blessed that day to have Fr. Russell Radoicich from Holy Trinity in Butte serve as first priest. Following the Liturgy, all enjoyed a festal meal with music and dance by the talented parishioners and children of St. Herman's. As always, the children loved spending time with their Father Bishop as they freely manifest the joy Pand peace that was so palpable that day. 


BUTTE MONTANA welcomed His Grace, or Father, Bishop MAXIM on June 3rd & 4th for the beseeching and outpouring of The Holy Spirit on the Great Feast of Pentecost, The Holy Trinity Parish Feast-day Slava. The Church was filled with Green Grass as a mark of the pouring fourth of New Life enlivened by The Holy Spirit.

The action of The Holy Spirit was manifested in our Bishop himself, as Holy Scripture tells us. (Acts. 20:28) . And in the Grace of the Tonsure of Michael Dahle and Nicholas Dawson to be Readers/Cantors for the Edification of the Church. Also by the Gift of the Holy Spirit in the Holy Chrismation of Gary & Sarah Otteson. And by the Consecration and Communion of the Body & Blood of Christ. Then by the powerful Kneeling Prayers themselves beseeching the Holy Spirit while faithful braided small grass Pentecost Wreaths for their home prayer corners.

The Patronal Feastday Bread (Kolach) was blessed and the feasting continued for an entire week. Good fellowship was had by all. Glory be to The Father and to The Son, and to The Holy Spirit. The Trinity One in Essence and Undivided.


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