Eparchial (Diocesan) News
The Eparchy of Raska and Prizren of the Serbian Orthodox Church has reported that on the night between 7 and 8 January, the Orthodox church of St Gregory the Theologue, in Livadje, a village near Gracanina, in central Kosmet, was demolished. When this morning, on the second day of Christmas, we found the church opened and entered, we saw a horrible sight. The icons were scattered around and some money and church artefacts were missing, local priest Svetislav Trajkovic said. The case has been reported to the Kosovo Police in Lipljan, which made an inspection. At issue is yet another in a series of attacks on Serbian sanctities, which shows to what extent the religious and cultural heritage in Kosovo-Metohija is threatened, the Eparchy’s statement reads.
The Serbian Orthodox faithful of Boise, Idaho finally received for the first time their diocesan bishop, Bishop Maxim of Western America, who made a archpastoral visit on Saturday, December 27, 2008. Visiting with the bishop was V. Rev. Blasko Paraklis.
Bishop Maxim officiated that day at the Divine Liturgy at the local Greek Orthodox Church. Assisting the bishop were Fr. Nektarios Serfes and Fr. Blasko Paraklis. Some sixty people actively attended and participated in this eucharistic event. A lunch was served following the liturgy. The faithful were overjoyed with the bishop's archpastoral visit which signified a beginning of a more active church life for them in their city of Boise.
The Raško-Prizrenska Eparchy announced that the church, dedicated to Sv. Jovan (St. John) is located in Ranilug.
On Sunday, December 21st, the foundations of the Saint Simeon the Myrhgusher Chursh in Las Vegas, were consecrated by the Liturgical celebration and action of His Grace, Bishop Maxim who visited this Serbian Orthodox Parish especially for this occasion.
On Friday, December 19th, His Grace, Bishop Maxim visited the Serbian Orthodox Parish in Orange County. Bishop celebrated the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at 10.00am. The faithful, consisted mostly from those who celebrate Saint Nicholas as their Slava, attended and participated in this eucharistic event.
Over 200 people, from various jurisdictions, gathered together on Sunday, November 16 Minneapolis for the annual IOCC Benefit Dinner. His Grace Bishop IRINEJ of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Australia and New Zealand was the featured speaker and shared his personal experiences about working with IOCC. Also addressing the audience was IOCC Board Vice-chair Dr. Frank Cerra. A special musical presentation was made by music professor and composer Chris Granias and vocalist Emily Rakes. Granias composed a hymn titled "The IOCC Anthem" which was performed by Ms. Rakes.