His Grace Bishop Mitrophan is strong and consistent in scheduling and
holding clergy seminars. The topics of the seminars varied extensively
through the years. Priests face a wide range of different issues and
concerns in parish life. Continuing education is a necessity and the
commitment to scholarship by His Grace is reflected in the seminars.
His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Fr. Stevan Kovacevic from Trebinje (Hercegovina) and Hieromonk Jovan Babic, visited the parish of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church in Fair Oaks, California on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary Celebration. It was twenty-five years ago, on July 31, 1983, that the Blessing of the Cornerstone took place. Today, His Grace, fellow clergy, and parishioners participated in the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy, followed by memorial service for past members.
On the third day of visit to the Diocese of Rashka and Prizren and Bishop Artemije His Grace Archbishop Hilarion visited along with his host the monastery of Dechani. The brotherhood of the monastery led by heugomen Teodosije, vicar of Bishop Artemije, formally welcomed his Hierarch and his high guest. The bishops did the reverence to the holy relics and the throne, the doxocology was served.
Archbishop Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate's department for external church relations, on a visit to Kosovo and Metochia, together with Bishop Artemije of Rasko-Prizren and Kosovo-Metochia, came to see ruined and restored Orthodox churches there. They were accompanied by representatives of the International Peacekeeping Force in Kosovo.
parishioners of the St. Petka-Paraskeva Serbian Orthodox parish in San
Marcos in southern California, celebrated their church Slava yesterday
with the Divine Liturgy officiated by their diocesan hierarch, His
Grace Bishop Maxim. Concelebrating were the priests: Velimir Petakovic,
Milan Vukovic, Hieromonks Nektarije and Jovan as well as Deacon Paul
It was certainly a memorable weekend. More then we could have ever imagined. Bishop was welcomed at the Vesper Service by the Parish Priest Prota Petar Petrovic, visiting Clergy, all of the Executive Board and a full Church of faithful. The following day, Sunday, October 25, the consecration of the Holy Table as well as the blessing of the bishop's throne, table of Oblation, Icon stands and Cantor Stand was had.