His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America visited the faithful of St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church in San Marcos, California on the occasion of the celebration of their Church Slava, Sunday, October 25, 2015. Concelebrating with His Grace at the Divine Liturgy was Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Milan Vukovic, retired priest from the San Marcos parish and Protopresbyter Milovan Katanic, the newly appointed priest. Also concelebrating were Deacon Zoran Aleksic, the diocesan deacon, and Deacon David-John Williams from Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos parish in Orange County. In his homily His Grace, the bishop, spoke on the gospel parable of the Sower and just as there was seed which fell on good ground it is our task to diligently cultivate the ground of our hearts that the seed, the Word of God, produce much God-pleasing and salvific fruit.
A small group of American Serbs from Kansas and Iowa, led by Father Aleksandar Bugarin of Kansas City, embarked on a pilgrimage to the “Old Country” from June 22 – July 5, 2015. This pilgrimage allowed us the opportunity to grow spiritually, learn some church history, experience the culture of our ancestors, and to meet a few recently discovered relatives.
Clergy of the Eastern American Diocese gathered with His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan at the St. Sava Camp Shadeland in Springboro, Pennsylvania on October 19-20, 2015 for the annual clergy seminar.
Following Vespers on Monday evening, attending clergy had the opportunity to discuss parish interests with His Grace Bishop Dr. Mitrophan.
Upon his personal wish Metropolitan Nikolaj will be buried at the monastery of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Dobrun, Republic of Srpska. His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch will officiate the Funeral Liturgy on 30 October 2015 starting at 9 a.m. Following the Holy Liturgy a requiem for Metropolitan Nikolaj of Dabar-Bosnia of blessed repose will be officiated. The Metropolitan will be buried in the graveyard of the monastery at Dobrun.
On 29 October 2015 a ceremony was held at the Serbian Patriarchate, during which His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, awarded Professor Dr. IoannisTarnanidis with the order of Saint Sava.
In the decision of the Holy Synod of Bishops, which was read during the solemn ceremony, it is said that the highest distinction of the Serbian Orthodox Church, order of the Saint Sava of the Second Degree, at the suggestion of Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, is to be handed in to Professor Dr. IoannisTarnanidis, retired professor of the Faculty of Theology of the University in Thessaloniki, for his significant scientific contribution to the research of the History of the Church, especially of the history of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and for his authentic representation of the Serbian Church life, place and role of the Serbian Church in the Orthodox world.