The Consecration of the St. Herman Monastery Catholicon On November 21/December 4, 2009, the Feast of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple, the catholicon of the St. Herman of Alaska Serbian Orthodox Monastery in Platina, California, was consecrated by His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of the Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church and His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese.
In April of 2007, His Grace, Bishop JOSEPH invited His Eminence, Metropolitan GERASIMOS, His Grace, Bishop MAXIM and His Grace, Bishop BENJAMIN for the First Ever Meeting of the Canonical Hierarchs on the West Coast. During that meeting, the Hierarchs had a vision of gathering the clergy from the different jurisdictions in a retreat to get to know each other and work toward bringing unity among the Orthodox Christians in the West.
With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Amfilohije of Cetinje and Metropolitan of Montenegro and the Littoral, locum tenens of the Patriarchate throne, from December 26, 2009 until January 3, 2010 in Belgrade for the second time, the Christmas Fair will be held as a part of the Christmas-Epiphany gatherings.
His Grace Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno served with the blessing of the Locum tenens of the Patriarchate throne of Pec Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy on a feast day of the Entry of the Most Holy Theotokos into the Temple , on Friday December 4, 2009 at the Seminary of St. Sava in Belgrade.
His Grace vicar Bishop Atanasije of Hvosno with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Dr. Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, Locum tenens of the Patriarch's throne, will serve the Divine Liturgy on Saturday December 5, 2009, at the Church of the Holy Trinity of the Podvorye of the Russian Patriarchate in Belgrade, beginning at 9.30 am. On this occasion Patriarchs Pavle of Serbia and Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia will be mentioned in prayers.
On December 2, 2009 at the premises of the Assembly of the City of Belgrade there was a working meeting of Mayor of Belgrade Mr. Dragan Djilas and Chairman of the religious education of the Archbishopric of Belgrade-Karlovac, His Grace Bishop Atanasije (Rakita) of Hvosno accompanied by his personal secretary Mr. Zoran Jurisic. Besides Mayor on the meeting were Zoran Alimpic, Deputy President of the City of Belgrade, and Vladimir Todic, City Secretary for Education as well as presbyter Aleksandar Djakovac, coordinator for religious education with two two catechists.