On Sunday, October 12, 2014, His Grace Bishop Mitrophan blessed the completed frescoes of the St. Stephen the First Martyr Serbian Orthodox Church of Lackawanna, NY. The frescoes were painted from 2007 to 2013 by Fr. Theodore Jurewicz, who is well known for painting the beautiful Monastery New Gracanica Church and other churches. Since the frescoes were finished, the renovation of the temple was completed with the refinishing of the pews, and the installation of a new floor and carpet.
The 45th anniversary of the foundation of the Diocese of Western Europe and Australia and the 20th anniversary since its reallocation of holdings and the establishment of the seat of the Diocese in Paris.
The parish of Saint Petka in Bondy near Paris celebrated its church slava on October 26th 2014 with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy. His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America officiated the Liturgy with the concelebration of the host Bishop Luke of Western Europe and hierarchal deputy protopresbyter-stavrophor Nikola Skrbic.
“Today the Virgin stands in the midst of the Church and with choirs of saints she invisibly prays to God for us. Angels and bishops worship, apostles and prophets rejoice together, since for our sake she prays to the pre-eternal God.” [Kondak]
On October 14, 2014, the feast of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos – “Pokrov”, His Grace Bishop Longin, many clergy, nuns, singers, seminarians, and the faithful gathered for a day of spiritual enrichment and joy. On this day, the Slava of New Gracanica, Bishop Longin also celebrated the 15 year anniversary of his installation (by Metropolitan Amfilohije at New Gracanica) and welcomed the Serbian Clergy Brotherhood who held their annual meeting in conjunction with the Slava.
Upon the invitation of the Church-school congregation in Trieste, His Grace Bishop Andrew of Austria-Switzerland attended at the solemn reception for members of the Church-school congregation of Trieste, representatives of the Consulate of the Republic of Serbia and friends Italian in the parish hall Risto Skuljevic.
On this occasion, SCA Society Pontes – Mostovi organized an ethnic dinner, with traditional Serbian dishes. Consul General of the Republic of Serbian awarded SCAS Mostovi for unselfish help and support that it provided to the affected people in Serbia. Before this solemn reception, Bishop Andrew hold a lecture at the City pastoral centre Studium Fidei, upon the invitation of Archbishop of Trieste Mons. Giampaolo Crepaldi.
The International scientific seminar Ruler, monk and saint Stephen Nemanja – Venerable Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher and the Serbian history and culture began yesterday, on the 22nd October 2014, with the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Patriarchate’s chapel.
His Holiness Irinenaeus, Serbian Patriarch officiated the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at the Patriarchate’s chapel of Saint Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher in Belgrade on 22 October 2014. He was concelebrated by Their Graces Bishops Joanikije, the organizer of the International scientific conference, and Arseny of Toplica. His Grace Bishop Theodosius of Raska-Prizren attended the Liturgy.