The Beginning of the church school year

To all Church-School Congregations, Parish administrations, Parents, and
Teachers of Church and Serbian Schools, and
Folklore groups of the
Diocese of Eastern America of the
Serbian Orthodox Church

Beloved in the Risen Lord

In accordance with the rich tradition of our Holy Orthodox Church, the 2017/2018 school year will begin with prayer services for the beginning of the school year, when the whole of our diocese will collectively enroll our children in Church and Serbian Schools, as well as in Folklore groups. It is the genuine wish of the Diocese of Eastern America that this day is observed on the second Sunday of September in a spirit of Sabornost (in unity). On this day, we will in one spirit pray to the Lord to send upon our children the spirit of wisdom and understanding, but also to enlighten their hearts to enable them to absorb and adopt true teaching.

Patron saint-day of the church of Synaxis of the Serbian saints on Karaburma

Patron saint-day of the church of Synaxis of the Serbian saints on Karaburma
Patron saint-day of the church of Synaxis of the Serbian saints on Karaburma
Patron saint-day of the church of Synaxis of the Serbian saints on Karaburma
Patron saint-day of the church of Synaxis of the Serbian saints on Karaburma

On the occasion of the church slava, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the church of Synaxis of Serbian Saints on Karaburma on 10 September 2017.

The Patriarch was concelebrated by protopresbyter-staurophors Dragan Stanisic, Ratko Aksentic, Zivadin Protic and Spasoje Zivanovic, Arhimandrite Filimon - abbot of the Kaona Monastery, presbyter Dejan Antic, as well as protodeacon Stevan Rapajic and deacons Jovo Kalinic, Aleksandar Prascevic and Nemanja Ristic.

Remembering the victims of the Concentration camp Jasenovac

Conversation on various consequences of the horrible and tacit crime of the Ustashas, committed against innocent civilians, Serbs, Romas and Jews in Jasenovac, the greatest concentration camps in the so-called Independent State of Croatia.

His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, received Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of the Republic of Serbia Mladen Sarcevic, PhD; State Secretary Ana Langovic Milicevic, PhD; President of the Association of the Jewish Communities of Serbia Mr. Robert Sabados; Ambassador of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia and Coordinator of the Serbian-Jewish Academic Project of Diaspora LjiljanaNiksic, PhD; member of the Serbian Parliament and President of the Committee for the Diaspora and the Serbs in the region of the National Assembly Ivan Kostic, MSc; member of the Parliament and President of the Union of Serbs of the Region Mr. Miodrag Linta as well as Professor Gideon Grajf, PhD, chief of the expert group of historians GH7.

Bishop Irinej Calls Faithful to Pray and Support Victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith but has not works?
Can his faith save him? If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and filled,’ without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead (James 2:14-17).

Responding to the devastating effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Bishop Irinej calls upon all clergy, monastics and faithful of the Diocese of Eastern America, and all people of good will to fervently pray the Lord strengthen those adversely affected by these natural disasters and to deliver them safely from harm and danger. May He who is the Life and Resurrection grant rest eternal to those who lost their lives and comfort their families and friends.

72nd Annual One World Day at Cleveland Cultural Gardens

72nd Annual One World Day at Cleveland Cultural Gardens
72nd Annual One World Day at Cleveland Cultural Gardens
72nd Annual One World Day at Cleveland Cultural Gardens
72nd Annual One World Day at Cleveland Cultural Gardens

Over 25,000 people attended the 72nd Annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens at Rockefeller Park on Sunday, August 27th, 2017.

The weather was beautiful and the now expanded Serbian Cultural Garden (http://serbianculturalgarden.org/), with the recent addition of the Milutin Milankovic bust, but also featuring numerous other sculptures and adorned with our famous Serbian Spruce looked superb and was a popular destination.