Serbian Orthodox Church
Accompanied by Kiril Bojovic, Bishop’s deputy, presbyter Stefan Jovanovic and Mr. Sebastian Gvozdenovic, Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral visited General Madriaga in late afternoon, on 26 November 2015.
The Metropolitan was welcomed by the faithful from this town, although they have not had their church so-far. However, they have the National house of the Yugoslav Society “Njegos”, where the congregation gather and sometimes attend the liturgies, performed by local parish priest Stefan Jovanovic. This vesper service was celebrated at this place as well. Metropolitan Amfilohije held a sermon speaking about the significance of the church in life of each believing Christian, and called upon the present to personally engage in mission of erecting an Orthodox church in General Madriaga. After the dinner the Metropolitan returned to Buenos Aires.
The Central Church Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America held its annual meeting on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago and continued the following day with the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, on the feast of St. Mardarije of Libertyville and America and Canada.
This was the first Divine Liturgy in which the first Bishop of America and Canada, Mardarije, was commemorated after being added to the list of Saints at the regular meeting of the Holy Assembly of Bishops held in May.
On the occasion of the monastery slava, Serbian Patriarch Irinej, officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Dechani Monastery on the feast-day of Holy King Stephen of Dechani, on 24 November 2015.
The Patriarch was concelebrated by Bishops: Grigorije of Zahumlje-Herzegovina, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, Ilarion of Timoj and Sergije of Frankfurt and All Germany, along with many priests and monks from many dioceses of our local Church. There were 800 believers who came from all parts of Serbia and from Montenegro to attend the Liturgy. Patriarch Irinej ordained teacher of the Prizren Seminary, Mr. Dusan Djakovic, a deacon, whereas he awarded Orthodox priest Nektarios Serphes from USA with the order of Saint Sava, since Fr. Nektarios is a great friend of the Serbian people who had collected aid for the impoverished families on Kosovo and Metohija for years.
Protopresbyter-staurophor Miladin Garic reposed peacefully last night about 1 AM, November 24.
Fr Miladin passed away on the day of St Stefan Decanski.
His wishes were to have a funeral service in the Church of the Holy Assumption and final burial in Jackson at St. Sava beside his wife Protonica Nina.
No funeral plans yet. They will be posted as soon as they are available.
My the Holy Spirit equip him with His breath!
The Holy Archangel Michael Parish and Church Community in Homebush, celebrated its patronal feast day the Holy Archangel Michael on Sunday, 22 November 2015.
This very solemn occasion was enhanced with two important events for this parish, which consists of Orthodox faithful who come from almost all over the world, and is known for conducting services in the English language.
St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church of Santa Clara Valley celebrated its Patron Saint in their new Church that is still under construction.
His Grace Bishop Maxim accompanied with Bay Area priests conducted Hierarchical Divine Liturgy along with number of faithful that include all neighboring parishes, as well as host parish.