Diocesan News

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.

John Davis Ordained to Deaconate

theophany 056On January 19, His Grace, Bishop Maxim, celebrated the Feast of Theophany at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Fresno, CA with a Divine Liturgy that everyone in attendance will long remember. Father George Gligich, the parish priest and Hieromonk Jovan Babic, the diocesan chancellor and priest at Christ the Savior Church in Arcadia, CA along with nearly a dozen enthusiastic altar boys, met the Bishop at the front doors and filled the narthex. His Grace moved from the crisp, sunny morning into a brightly lit church with the voices of a full choir filling the air. After the Bishop’s vesting with all proper ceremony, Reader John Davis was brought forward to be ordained subdeacon as a step towards ordination to the diaconate.At the appointed time following the

Bishop Maxim in Herzegovina

p1020615-customПоводом празника Светог Николаја, у Манастиру Тврдошу служенo је празнично вечерње са петохљебницом. Празничну радост је употпунио долазак Његовог Преосвештенства Епископа Западноамеричког господина Максима. На сам дан празника Светом Архијерејском Литургијом началствовао је Вл. Максим, уз саслуживање архијереја домаћина Вл. Григорија и Вл. Атанасија, двојице игумана: Василија (Завалског) и Михајла (Св. Архангела код Призрена), као и више свештеника и ђакона наше епархије. Након читања Светог Јевађеља бесједио је Владика Максим.

Bishop Maxim visits Honolulu Mission

featured-imageNa poziv srpske zajednice sa Havaja Njegovo Preosvestenstvo Eiskop zapadnoamericki posetio je prohiju Sv. velikomucenika cara Lazara u Honolulu u vremenu od 30. novembra do 3. decembra. Kao i uvek clanovi Uprave parohije i parohijani sa radoscu docekuju svoga Vladiku i pruzaju predivno srpsko i havajsko gostoprimstvo. U petak vece bilo je divno druzenje sa nasom omladinom, koji rade ili studiraju na Havajima. U subotu na prebogatoj veceri u domu kod Bore i Bogdane Spiric okupila se lepa grupa nasih ljudi gde su proveli divno vece u druzenju i razgovoru o veri sa svojim Vladikom. Sveta Arhijerejska Liturgija sluzena je u nedelju 2. decembra u Ruskoj

4th Annual Orthodox Clergy Retreat

2012-advent-orthodox-clergy-retreat0153His Eminence, Metropolitan Gerasimos, His Eminence, Archbishop Joseph, His Eminence, Archbishop Kyrill, His Eminence, Archbishop Benjamin and His Grace, Bishop Maxim, hosted the  Fourth Annual Pan-Orthodox Clergy Advent Retreat in Alhambra, California, November 27 - November 29, 2012. 

The guest speaker for this event was Rev. Dr. John Chryssavgis, Archdeaon of the Ecumenical Patriarcate, and author of 25 books and numberous articles in several languages on the Church Fathers and Orthodox Spirituality.

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