Diocesan News

Bishop Maxim Visit's Anderson Parish

bishop3St, Andrew Fool-for-Christ Church in Anderson, CA was visited by His Grace, April 13 and 14th.  We had a very nice Vespers service which was followed by a meeting in which many aspects of parish life were discussed.  I think the most important point that was raised by Bp Maxim was the need to accept people where they are in life, just as Christ did.  Expectations will be disappointed unless we learn to forbear one another and hold fast to the teachings of Christ and His Church.

The next morning we had a Hierarchal Liturgy which was served by His Grace, Hieromonk Damascene from St Herman's Monastery, Fr Dn Philip Mayer and four acolytes. 

The service was attended by nuns from St Xenia Skete in Wildwood and four other monks from St Herman's Monastery.  His Grace stayed for our trapeza meal and again shared his extensive knowledge of the Holy Fathers.  He also presented to our church a print of an icon of Jesus Christ Pantocrator painted by his iconography teacher.  We are very grateful for the thoughtful gift and have a wonderful place to hang it.

His Grace left in the early afternoon but not until after many extended goodbyes.

Sunday of Orthodoxy in San Francisco

image 1Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, San Francisco, California—For the sixth consecutive year, the Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the West Coast gathered to celebrate the Sunday of Orthodoxy. This year the Hierarchs and faithful celebrated the Sunday of Orthodoxy Vesper services at the Los Altos at the Church of the Redeemer. 

On the first Sunday in Lent, we commemorate the decision of the Seventh Ecumenical Council in 787 A.D. upholding the use of holy icons in Orthodox worship. We also commemorate today the unity of Orthodox belief and the oneness of our Faith throughout our various jurisdictions, nations and languages and across the continents and the centuries.



Bishop Maxim Visits Colorado

IMG 2372Sunday, February 3, 2013 Lakewood, CO—As the sun was settling over the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains, local priests and a small crowd of faithful Christians awaited the arrival of His Grace Bishop Maxim at Denver International Airport for his pastoral visit to the church community in Lakewood, Colorado. With His Grace also arrived two esteemed guests, V. Rev. Predrag Puzovic, Ph.D, Dean of the University of Belgrade Theological Faculty, and Prof. Bogdan Lubarda. After the sincere welcome and a few minutes spent at the airport, the group headed for

The Feast of St. Sava, Phoenix, Arizona

st-sava-phoenix-2013On Sunday, January 27, 2013, on the Feast of St. Sava the First Archbishop, His Grace the Right Reverend Bishop Dr. MAKSIM celebrated the Parish Feast Day Celebration - Church Slava in Phoenix, Arizona. Matins commenced at 9:00AM, followed by Hierarchial Divine Liturgy 10:00AM and the Cutting of the Kolach Service, officiated by His Grace along with parish priest Very Reverend Dragomir Tuba and guest clergy. Protodeacon Rados M., our guest from the Diocese of Zica gave a beautiful sermon about the life of St. Sava. A festive banquet and St. Sava Day Children's Program began at 12:00Noon.  Everyone was especially overjoyed at the debut performance of the new womens Ethno Singing Group "Breze," under the direction of Mrs. Gordana Stojanovic Mihajlovic which is comprised of young women and teens from the St. Sava Parish. His

The Feast of Saint John the Baptist

Vasilije i Jovana31On Saturday, January 20, 2013 His Grace Bishop Maxim traveled to the St. Petka Serbian Orthodox parish in San Marcos California to celebrate the Feast of Saint John the Baptist. On this day His Grace also baptized two beautiful little children. The ceremony was followed by a celebratory luncheon in the hall where guests welcomed the newly baptized children. 

In Memoriam +Proto Dusan Vavic

Img2Father Dusan Vavich was born on July 4, 1919 in Krnjevo (near Smederevo) from parents Zivan, a railways administrator, and Rajna (nee Cirkovic). Dusan, the eldest of three children, lost his father when he was 11 years old, so Rajna raised her young family on her own. Dusan was very obedient and pious. He helped to support his family and to lighten his mother's burden, and so he learned to be responsible, diligent and trustworthy from his early youth. He loved to go to school and learn new things, and he read a lot. He completed his elementary education in Krnjevo, his secondary education in Smederevo and
because he was an excellent student he was awarded a scholarship for his tertiary education. World War II caught him in the middle of his academic studies but he managed to obtain his degree at the Faculty of Theology in Belgrade in 1943.

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