His Grace Teodosije, Bishop of Raska-Prizren, officiated the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in the Church of St. Demetrius in Kosovska Mitrovica on 22 March 2017.
After the Divine Liturgy and the Hierarch’s sermon addressed to the congregation, a brotherly meeting of the clergy of the Mitrovica and the Novi Pazar deanaries of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren was held. At the meeting current issues related to the pastoral ministry of the clergy were discussed.
Dr. Ezekiel Olagoke, Associate Professor of Sociologyat Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, Pennsylvania has been conducting researchon the history of the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels,Pennsylvania. Dr. Olagoke is a member of the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church. As part of his research, he has reviewed parish publications and hasspoken to the parish priest and parishioners. Dr. Olagoke will give a presentation based on his research at the Christianity and Literature Conference at Grove City College on April 1, 2017. His topic is: “Hearts in Exile: Modes of Religiosity and Social Engagement Among the Serbian Orthodox Community in Carmichaels, Pa.”
On Saturday, March 18th, His Grace Bishop Irinej, together with many clergy from the Cleveland Deanery, led the faithful parishioners of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Parma, for Divine Liturgy and Memorial Service.
During the Divine Liturgy, His Grace offered a sermon that spoke directly to the human challenge of losing the earthly presence of those we love. He reminded the gathered community that “our God is the God of the living”, and that those who die in Christ are alive in Him. He continued, offering that when we celebrate the Divine Liturgy we step outside of time itself - into the very Kingdom of God made manifest, in the presence of the Holy Angels, the Saints, and those who have taken up their abode in the mansions of the righteous.
Great Lenten Vespers services of the Cleveland Deanery (Second Group) were held at Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Church on Laird Avenue in Youngstown, Ohio on March 19th, the third Sunday of Lent - Veneration of the Holy Cross.
Reverend Father Bosko Stojanovic, parish priest, welcomed clergy and parishioners from neighboring churches of the Deanery. Serving with host priest Father Bosko were Reverend Dragan Goronjic (Dean), Very Reverend Protosingelos Sava (Medakovich), Very Reverend Milan Pajic, Reverend Aleksa Pavichevich, and Reverend Vedran Grabic.