Diocesan News

Bishop Maxim Celebrates St. Peter the Apostle Church Slava

petrovdan 437It was an already warming midsummer morning in California’s Central Valley when Bishop Maxim arrived at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Fresno, California to celebrate the Parish’s Slava the first Sunday after the commemoration of the Holy, Glorious and All Praised Leaders of the Apostles, Peter and Paul.  His Grace was warmly welcomed by Parish Priest Father George Gligich and entered the church with a procession of more than half a dozen cheerful acolytes, Parish Deacon John Davis censing, and the beautiful voices of a full choir.  Then the Hierarchical Liturgy continued with great energy.  The assigned Gospel reading, in which Christ admonishes us to first seek the

Bishop Maxim visits Herzegovina

hercegovinaOn July 7,  2013, the Feast of St. Jonh the Baptist, in the town of Trebinje, His Grace, Bishop Maxim concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with fellow Hierarchs, His Grace, Bishop Gregory and His Grace, Bishop Atanasia. The  Liturgy was attended by fifteen Orthodox Christians in several states (California, Colorado, Florida and Washington), who together with  Bishop Maxim came to visit Herzegovina.

The little church was not nearly enough space to accommodate all believers, and was served in front of the temple. Follwing the services His Grace Bishop Gregory addressed the faithful. The hosts of this parish welcomed everyone with a wonderufl Luncheon on the hall next to the church. 


A Journey Through Time and History on a Pilgrimage to Holy Mountain, Greece, and Serbian Lands

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On June 24, 2013, a small group of American pilgrims hailing from California, Colorado, Washington State and Florida, flew from the U.S. to meet in Thessaloniki, Greece, to begin a pilgrimage to monasteries and holy places in Greece and on Mount Athos, and in Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Herzegovina. The pilgrimage was led by H.G. Bishop Maxim and organized by Fr. Blasko. Fourteen 
days later on Monday, July 8, the pilgrimage came to an end and we pilgrims flew out of Belgrade toour various

Holy Trinity Church Celebrates Slava

moraga-slava-2013-1On Pentecost Sunday, June 23rd, Holy Trinity Church of Moraga, California, held its Slava with Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Grace Bishop Maxim with co-celebrants, Father Vasilije Cvijanovic, pastor of Holy Trinity; Father Dusan Bunjevic; Father Slobodan Jovic, St. Michaels of Saratoga; Father Djurica Gordic, St. John the Baptist of San Francisco; Father Zoran Savic, St. George of Oakland; and special guest Father Stamatis Skliris of Athens, Greece.  Father Skliris delivered a very moving  homily, in Serbian, on the importance and meaning of Pentecost Sunday.  The joyous responses were led by the students from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Christ the Savior Slava, Arcadia, CA

2013-06-16-arcadia-slava-6У Недељу 16. јуна, парохија Вазнесења Господњег у Аркадији свечано је прославила своју храмовну Славу. Свету Архијерејску Литургију је служио Његово Преосвештенство Епископ западноамерички Максим, уз саслуживање протојереја Стаматиса Склириса, јеромонаха Јована и ђакона Пола Жермена. У наставку је благословен и преломљен славски колач, приређена славска трпеза и мали пригодан програм који су припремили аркадијски парохијани и дечица.

St. Petar of Korisha Slava

st-petar-of-korisha-slava-6On Tuesday, June 18th His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Fr. Nicholas Ceko, Dean of St. Steven's Cathedral, Fr. Blasko Paraklis, Priest of the Most Holy Theotokos Mission parish in Orange County, Fr. Jovan Babic, Priest of Christ the Saviour Church in Arcadia, and Fr. Stamatis Skliris from Athens, Greece, together with the faithful celebrated the Feast of St. Petar of Korisha in the Diocesan Residence Chapel in Alhambra, Califorania. 

Following the Divine Liturgy and the Slava service, a small reception was held for all who attended. 

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