Eparchial (Diocesan) News
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.
Last night giving an inspired speech HisEminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral attended a formalacademy at the Kolarac Foundation in Belgrade on the occasion of founding a Slobodan Jovanovic Fund. The Fund isgoing to deal with publishing the rich written heritage of Slobodan Jovanovicas well as let our and international public learn about the life and the worksof this significant Serbian, who was banned and unjustly ignored in previous decades.
Former Prime Minister of Macedonia Mr Vlado Buchkovski requests a dissolution of the judiciary in Republic of Macedonia, stressing that in the country exists only the judiciary controlled by the ruling political parties.
For a long period of time the public in Republic of Macedonia has been a witness of the international community has been pointing at the Macedonian judiciary which is corrupted and controlled by the ruling political parties , and that forms the greatest obstacle for the Republic Macedonia in its way to achieve contemporary values of our civilization.
The former prime minister and current representative in the Council, Mr Vlado Buchkovski, which had been sentenced for 3 years and 6 months in prison, have requested recently to ‘' dissolve the judiciary'' in Republic of Macedonia, stating that ‘'judges get verdicts out of courts'' and also accusing that in Macedonia existed only ‘' judiciary controlled by the ruling political parties'' (Sitel TV, News, 11.12.2008).
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia, on Thursday, December 11, 2008 His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral served , with the concelebration of His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno, Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the chapel of Saint John The Theologian at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade