Eparchial (Diocesan) News
The feasday of the Assumption of the Holy Theotokos was celebrated most festively at the Church of the Assumption, on the occasion of their Church Slava on Thursday August 28, 2008. His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America officiated together with special guest His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budim and Niksic who had just arrived to the diocese for the occasion of their annual Diocesan Days celebration. Ten priests assisted the hierarchs at the liturgy and the reponses were sung by the Belgrade Theological Student Choir, also visiting the Western Diocese for the diocesan celebration.
The Belgrade Theological School Choir sang on Sunday evening at the Russian Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow" in San Francisco. Present at the concert of Orthodox music "O Wonderous Glory" were Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America of the Russian Orthodox Church, Bishop Joanikije of Budim and Niksic, Bishop Benjamin of San Francisco and Western America of the Orthodox Church in America and the Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Western America, Maxim. Also in attendance were His Royal Highness Crown Prince Aleksandar II and Princess Catherine.
August 1st, 2nd - His Grace Bishop Maxim visited the Women's Monastery of the Nativity of the Forruner, in Goldendale. Gerontissa Evpraxia with the sisters of the Monastery received Bishop Maxim on Friday evening and the next day he celebrated the Divine Liturgy. On Sunday Bishop Maxim celebrated the Liturgy in the Serbian Orthodox Parish of St Stephen the Archdeacon in Portland.
In the morining hours of August 04, 2008, unknown perpetrators demolished 40 meters of wrought iron fence in front of the Church of St. George in Gusinje.
Orthodox believers in Gusinje are very upset by this violence, especially because the perpetrators have not been identified and punished.
The issue in this case is not an insignificant incident, but an attack against an orthodox holy place, provoking religious and national hatred and causing distress to the orthodox believers and all people of good will in Gusinje and the Municipality of Plav. It must be mentioned here that the fence in front of the Church of St. George has been demolished several times in the past, but the perpetrators have never been identified or punished.
Orthodox Diocese of Budimlje and Niksic
the 4th of August 1995, the Croatian Operation
"Oluja" (Storm), an invasion of the Republic of Serbian Krajina, created the worst
refugee crisis Europe has seen since World War II. In a few days,
more than two hundred thousand Serbs, almost the entire population, fled their
homes, and thousands of Serbian civilians lost their lives. The Serbs of
Krajina, who had earned the right to their land through centuries of blood,
sweat and tears shed defending Christian Europe, disappeared.