His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, on behalf of Holy Synod of Bishops, awarded posthumously Diana Budisavljevic with the high dinstinction of the Serbian Orthodox Church - the order of Empress Milica. Diana Budisavljevic saved 12000 Serbian children from Jasenovac and other death camps during the World War Two in the Independent State of Croatia.
Serbian Patriarch handed over the order to Diana's great-grandson Mr. Leonard Rasica in the presence of all members of the Holy Synod of Bishops, Their Graces Bishops: Vasilije of Srem, Hrizostom of Zvornik-Tuzla, Jovan of Sumadija, Teodosije of Raska-Prizren, as well as His Eminence Metropolitan Amfilohije of Montenegro and the Littoral, who recommended that Diana Budisavljevic to be awarded. The solemn award ceremony was attended also by Bishops Andrej of Remesiana and Jovan of Ulpiana, as well as protopresbyter-stavrophor Savo Jovic, the chief secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops.
Thanks to Diana Budisavljevic, 12000 Serbian children was saved from certain death from death camps in the Indenpendent State of Croatia (NDH).
A certified piece of relics of Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, was solemnly welcomed at the Indianapolis International Airport by around 50 Orthodox Christians from Central Indiana on Wednesday, September 12 (25), 2013. Six priests, two deacons and faithful from most of Central Indiana's 14 Orthodox Christian churches, with a big cross, church flags and processional fans came with awe and excitement to receive a great gift and blessing from Reverend Nikolay Miletkov, parish priest of All Saints of North America Church of the Diocese of South, Orthodox Church in America.
After a loving and pious veneration of the relics, short prayer service and procession to the cars at the exit of the airport, the gathered group drove to Saint Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Indianapolis, Indiana, where the relics would permanently stay. Joined by at least 50 other faithful in the beautifully adorned church with numberless flowers, they continued with Akathist service to the Pillar of Orthodoxy. In a wonderful, heavenly ambient, people of all colors, heritages and customs prostrated themselves with love, joy and thanksgiving before the Rule of Faith, Image of Humility and Protector of the Poor, Inflicted and Travelers.
The Serbian Orthodox Monastery in New Carlisle, Indiana celebrated their Slava - Birth of the Most Holy Theotokos - on September 21, 2013. The celebration started with a vigil on the eve of the feast. It was crowned with the Divine liturgy and fellowship. Two bishops, monastics, multitudes of faithful – whoever was present was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. Glory to God for all things – Most Holy Theotokos pray to God for us.
At the seat of the Diocese of Canada, at the monastery of Holy Transfiguration in Milton near Toronto, on 14 October 2013 the Patron Saint-day of the Diocese was marked - the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God
On Saturday, Bishop George of Canada served at the Cathedral church of Saint Nicholas in Hamilton (on Nash Rd.), and on Sunday, at the church of Saint Nicholas at Barton str. in the same town, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of this oldest Serbian parish in Ontario. His Grace Bishop George of Canada was enthroned 29 years ago in this Cathedral church in Hamilton, on the feast day of the Protection of the Most Holy Mother of God.
Their Graces Bishops Jovan of Zica, the guardian of the throne of the Diocese of Zica, and Teodosije of Raska-Prizren concelebrated to His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej during the Divine Liturgy in the church of Saint Lazar of Kosovo and All Serbian Martyrs on Ljubic Hill above Cacak
Before the Divine Liturgy there was a consecration of the newly built church. Lots of faithful people from Cacak, Belgrade, Novi Sad, Batajnica, Banjaluka and Srem attended the Holy Liturgy. The relics of Saint Lazar of Kosovo were laid into the Table of the Lord of the church, which enhanced the spiritual joy, since the church would hold the relics of its patron saint. At the Holy Liturgy besides Bishops Jovan and Teodosije, more than 30 priests and monks, as well as eight deacons concelebrated to the Patriarch.