On Sunday, October 12, 2014, His Grace Bishop Mitrophan blessed the completed frescoes of the St. Stephen the First Martyr Serbian Orthodox Church of Lackawanna, NY. The frescoes were painted from 2007 to 2013 by Fr. Theodore Jurewicz, who is well known for painting the beautiful Monastery New Gracanica Church and other churches. Since the frescoes were finished, the renovation of the temple was completed with the refinishing of the pews, and the installation of a new floor and carpet.
From October 26 through November 2, 2014, in the halls of the Belgrade Fair, the 59th International Belgrade Book Fair was held at which the Diocese of Western America was represented with their publishing house Sebastian Press.
They presented their newest publications in both Serbian and English: The Life of Bishop Mardarije of Libertyville and Archimandrite Sebastian of Jackson and Selected Writings; Contemporary Ecclesiastical Reminder Regarding the Diaspora by Bishop Atanasije Jevtic; Hamlet's Moblie, by Milan Misic; Time is a Fragment of Eternity, by Archimandrite Justin of Chelije; The Thunderbolt of Ever-Living Fire, Archimandrite Vasileios of Iveron and All Roads Lead to Jackson, by Milina Jovanovic.
Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost; The Holy Great-martyr Artemius
RESURRECTIONAL TROPARION - TONE FOUR:
When the women disciples of the Lord learned from the angel the joyous message of Your Resurrection; they cast away the ancestral curse and elatedly told the apostles: Death is overthrown! Christ God is Risen, granting the world great mercy.