Serbian Orthodox Church

Diocesan Days 2017

September 1-3, 2017 - Saint Steven’s Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Alhambra, California


“You are no longer strangers and sojourners, but are fellow citizens with the saints
and members of the household of God..” –Ephesians 2:19

Day One - September 1, 2017 - The annual gathering of clergy and laity from throughout the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America, Diocesan Days, began early Friday afternoon, September 1, 2017. As Los Angeles continued to bear through a historic heatwave  clergy began slowly, one by one, to arrive to the LA suburb of Alhambra, home of St. Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral and host of this year's diocesan gathering. A festive and joyous fellowship typically ensues when brother clergy meet after being apart for months. This, in fact, is one of the highlights of such events. As is customary in the Orthodox Tradition and in particular in the  Western American Diocese, it originates from their bishop's warm welcome, whom the clergy first greet upon arriving - their ruling bishop His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America.

Heavy rainfall floods Windsor

On Tuesday, August 29, 2017, Windsor was hit with a large amount of rain that fell in a very short time. This caused unprecedented floods in much of the city. In particular, a part of the city where there are Orthodox churches suffered. A good part of St. Demetrius Serbian Church, its auxiliary rooms, are flooded. The classroom and office are completely flooded. Church board members reacted immediately, emptying the water from the rooms as it was still coming down. This prevented more damage. In the coming days, an assessment of damage will be made, followed by a complete renovation and rehabilitation of rooms so that children can start a regular school year on time.

Beginning of the school year at Seminary in Nis

Beginning of the school year at Seminary in Nis
Beginning of the school year at Seminary in Nis
Beginning of the school year at Seminary in Nis
Beginning of the school year at Seminary in Nis

On 2 September 2017, His Grace Bishop Arsenije of Nis served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy in the presence of professors and students of the Seminary of Prizren of Saint Cyrill and Methodius temporary in Nis at the church of Resurrection of Christ. Many parioshioners were also present at the service.

72nd Annual One World Day in Cleveland

Over 25,000 people attended the 72nd Annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens at Rockefeller Park on Sunday, August 27th, 2017. The weather was beautiful and the now expanded Serbian Cultural Garden (, with the recent addition of the Milutin Milankovic bust, but also featuring numerous other sculptures and adorned with our famous Serbian Spruce looked superb and was a popular destination.