Diocesan News

Sunday of the Blind Man in Studenica Monastery (Church of the Mother of God, 12th century)

5The sixth Sunday of Holy Pascha is observed by the Orthodox Church as the Sunday of the Blind Man.

To house his own crypt, Serbian Zupan Nemanja built a monastery (1183–1191), well-hidden in the canyon of a swift tributary of the Ibar River, to which he gave the name Studenica. It is to this site that Nemanja withdrew from ruling duties to become Monk Simeon, living there for over a year and a half before going to Mount Athos.

Bishop Maxim of Western America celebrated Liturgy with Abbot Tikhon and other priestmonks, presbyters and a deacon.

Помоћ српској деци на Косову и Метохији

orahovac srpska deca

Sto dece predшkolskog, шkolskog i sredњoшkolskog uzrasta u metohijskim povratniчkim selima Osojanu, Tuчepu, Koшu, Жaчu i Lukavcu dobilo je danas novчanu pomoћ od Eparhije zapadnoameriчke i Kola srpskih sestara iz regiona San Franciska.
Pomoћ je uruчila monahiњIrina iz Manastira Graчanice koja vodi huamnitarnu organizacijau Sveti Jovan Milostivi, Nenad Ђuriћ, sekretar Osnovne шkole "Radoш Toшiћ" iz Osojana, zahvalio se  "svima koji misle na Srbe Kosova Metohije".
Eparhija zapadnoameriчka episkop Maksim protekloj godini pomagali su decu iz sela na centralnom Kosovu, Kosovskom PomoravљNovom Brdu.

King's College London Welcomes "The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija."

2015 05 10 kings college london featuredOn May 10, at King’s College London, one of the top 20 universities in the world (2013-4 QS international world rankings), a rare history and fine art book, published by Sebastian Press, was presented to a wider public interested to study or expand their knowledge about the cultural heritage of Kosovo and Metohija (Serbia). 

Bishop Maxim of Western America and Abbott Sava of Decani Monastery spoke about the book at the College Chapel at the Strand. This chapel is seen by many as the spiritual heart of the College. Vocal quartet led by Bozidar Smiljanic sung during the presentation.

This Monograph is addressed to both scholarly and wider public interesting in cultural heritage of Kosovo and Metohija, covering late Roman, Byzantine and Serbian medieval and post-medieval cultural heritage. It isl an important reference book for academics, archeologists, art historians, historians, various groups of researchers, students as well for artists, politicians, international agencies, NGO’s, decisions makers, etc.

A copy of the book was presented to the Library of this College.


Bishop Maxim Visits London (Gallery May 10-12)

2015 05 10 london bishop maxim 0004On Sunday, May 10th, 2015, the fifth Sunday of Pascha, in the St. Sava Seriban Orthodox Church in London, England, His Grace, Bishop Maxim, together with the parish clergy, V. Rev. Goran Spaic and V. Rev. Dragan Lazic, and the Orthodox faithful, celebrated the Divine Liturgy.

Following the Divine Liturgy and visit to the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in the Diocese of Great Britain and Scandinavia, His Grace Bishop Maxim,  together with Fr. Sava, Iguman of Decani Monastery, and Hieromonk Dimitrije, proceeded to Kings College where they gave a presentation on the book "The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Metohija."

Bishop Maxim and Fr. Sava of Decani in New York

2015 05 06 new york 001 featureGreetings with the Mid-Pentecost and the Feast of St. George!

On the Feast of Mid-Pentecost and the Holy Great-Martyr George, in the Church of St. Sava in the New York, on May 6, 2015, it was very festive. His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America served the Liturgy with concelebrating priests: Archimandrite Sava, abbot of Decani Monastery in Kosovo and Metohija, Hieromonk Dimitrije from Decani monastery, Hieromonk Mark Kerr and and Fr. Djokan Majstorovic, Cathedral Dean.

Church Slava celebration at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego

004Abbot of Visoki Decani, Fr. Sava and Hieromonk Dimitrije participated in the celebration at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego, California

            On the eve of the fourth Sunday of Pascha and the feast day of Venerable Theodore Trichinas, Venerable Joasaph of Serbia and St. Nicholai of Zicha, the bishop of the Western American Diocese, His Grace Maxim, together with his honored guests, the abbot of the Visoki Decani monastery, Fr. Sava, and Hieromonk Dimitrije participated in the Vespers service and visited St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego, California.

            This was the first visit of the Decani monastery abbot to San Diego. On the invitation of His Grace Maxim, he visited several parishes in the West where he eloquently spoke in the Serbian and English languages outlining the life and struggles of the Serbian Orthodox Church and her remaining faithful flock in Kosovo and Metohija.

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