source: The Path of Orthodoxy (41), November 2006, p.2
“On the weekend of October 21 and 22 and despite the inclement weather, Bishop Maxim visited two of his more remote parishes, St. Archangel Michael in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Holy Trinity in Butte, Montana.
On Saturday, October 21, at a newly purchased church in Salt Lake City, His Grace served the Divine Liturgy. Around ninety faithful, recent immigrants from the Serb Republic (Republika Srpska) were in attendance. This new and vibrant mission presently is under the pastorship of the energetic presbyter Blasko Paraklis of Orange County, California.This second archpastoral visit of His Grace gave much spiritual support and motivation to continue growing into a vibrant and healthy community. Following the Divine Liturgy and fellowship, His Grace headed to the airport to fly up norm to visit for the first time Holy Trinity parish.
Earlier that day, before His Grace arrived, the Holy Trinity parishioners had an open house. This endeavor was organized as an outreach avenue. In preparation for this event, they issued a press release to all local television and radio stations. Their spiritual leader, Protopresbyter Bratso Krsic, was interviewed for the local news and special programs. In addition, color guides and postcards were made available to all visitors. The five preceding Sundays were used for education and preparation in how to communicate the Orthodox Faith through icons and suitably welcome the visitors. Despite the cold weather that day, the community had over 400 guests. It was remarkable to see how the parishioners keenly engaged in sharing their Faith. The event was a true manifestation of the royal priesthood.
The following day, His Grace assisted by Protopresbyter Bratso Krsic and Deacon Theophan Wiese served the Divine Liturgy. The Holy Trinity Church was packed and more than half of the attendees received Holy Communion. His Grace gave a homily following the reading of the Gospel. His words spoke to the hearts and minds of the people.
A banquet took place following the Divine Liturgy. His Grace and the parishioners extended their warm congratulations to Protopresbyter Bratso on his tenth anniversary of priesthood in Butte, Montana.
His Grace was happy to have visited one more parish, but most especially the parishioners of Holy Trinity recognized a wise and compassionate Archpastor in His Grace, Dr. Maxim, who was appointed by the Holy Assembly of Bishops to lead the Western American Diocese for many years. Preserve, O Lord, our master and bishop. For many years, O Master!”