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.
With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern
America the 2008 Diocesan Day celebration was held on Sunday August 3, 2008. Special guest
and con-celebrant at the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning was
His Grace Bishop Longin of the New Gracanica Diocese, assisted by nineteen
diocesan clergy and five deacons. Four clergy were also in attendance and not
serving, including Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic, the director of the camp who led the
children's choir during the liturgy. Mother Ana and Sister Anastasija from
Monastery Marcha also attended the diocesan event.
One of the most spiritually nourishing events every year in the Western American Diocese is the ChildrenвЂTMs Camp. Organized by the Diocesan Camp Committee and held during the three weeks in July at the Saint Sava Mission and Retreat Center, in Jackson, California, this Camp always attracts many children from throughout the Diocese. St Sava Summer Camp begins each year after the feast of Petrovdan and continues for three full weeks. The first week is restricted to younger campers of elementary and middle school. The second and third week are open to campers who range from those entering the first grade to the twelfth grade.
The body of outstanding Russian writer and public figure Alexander Solzhenitsyn was buried at the cemetery of the Donskoy Monastery in Moscow on Wednesday. Archbishop Alexy of Orekhovo-Zuyevo, the Russian Patriarch's vicar, conducted a mourning service.
President Dmitry Medvedev attended. The ceremony was without speeches. Guards of Honor had brought the coffin from the monastery's Grand Cathedral to the sound of church hymns.
Richfield, OH -
His Grace Bishop Mitrophan officiated at the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
on Saturday July 26, 2008,
the feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Archangel Gabriel, the monastery Slava of
Monastery Marcha in Richfield, Ohio.
His Grace was assisted V. Rev. Stavrophor Stevan Stepanov, Archpriest Peter
Selenoi, V. Rev. Rodney Torbic, Rev. Zivojin Jakovljevic and Rev. Milorad
Orlic. Deacons Milan Medakovic and Dragoslav Kosic also served. V. Rev.
Stavrophor Dragan Filipovic and Rev. Milovan Katanic were also in attendance.