Eparchial (Diocesan) News
An Interview of His Grace, Dr. Irinej, Bishop of Bačka with Mr. Milorad Vučelić, the main Editor-In-Chief of PEČAT. This interview was published in the 44th issue, p. 17-25, of December 26, 2008.
Interview of His Grace Dr. Irinej, Bishop of Backa may read in PDF.
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.