On Friday, September 25 at the amphitheater of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology an international scientific symposium was opened " Antique culture, European and Serbian heritage" organized by the Society for antique studies, which president, professor Dr. Ksenija Maricki-Gadjanski organizes and runs this meeting. His Grace Bishop Dr. Irinej Bulovic of Bachka, a dean of the faculty, opened the symposion, and after that academician Dimitrije Stefanovic presented Carl Joachim Classen a Charter of Matica srpska and addressed the audience in Serbian and German.
At the New Gracanica Monastery, a Hierarchal Liturgy was served on the Feastday of the Elevation of the Holy Cross. Bishop Longin served, accompanied by seven priests and four deacons. At the end of the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Longin gave a sermon in which he spoke of the very event of the finding and elevation of the Holy Cross by Empress Helen and Emperor Constantine in the fourth century, but also about the importance for each one of us of carrying our own cross, or rather of struggling against sin, passions and anything else that might separate us from the love of God.
Saturday, 26th of September 2009 - His Grace Bishop Longin, along with Protopresbyter Stavrofor Marko Todorovic, visited the Church-school community of Saint Sava in Milwaukee WI. After a warm welcome on the part of Father Dragan Veleusic and Father Radomir Cutilo, the Bishop viewed the beautiful Cathedral, unique in its beauty far beyond our diocese.
His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy at a chapel of St Simeon The Myrrh-Gushingh at the Court of the Serbian Patriarchate in Belgrade. His Eminence Metropolitan ordained Dejan Todorovic a presbyter during the Holy Service of God, where ten presbyters and nine deacons concelebrated.
His Grace Bishop Maxim, Hieromonk Fr. Jovan Babic, and Fr. Blasko Paraklis together with the parishioners of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos Church in Irvine, California celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos on Sunday, September 20th.
Perhaps the greatest injustice to a great culture is not only for it to be misunderstood, but for it to be misrepresented. It is up to the youth of the current generation to set the benchmark and standard for future generations on how to interact not only with each other but with and around the church. Last Sunday, 20 September 2009, the youth of Adelaide organised a seminar to address this very point and to highlight the objectives of the Serbian Orthodox Youth Association (SOYA). Despite being one of the first SOYA meetings held by the Adelaide youth, the turnout of around 20 youth hinted at a bright future.