Liverpool - the Serbian Orthodox Church became richer for one new priest on the field of God. With the Grace of God on Sunday, December 11, 2011 in the church of St. Apostle Luke in Liverpool, protodeacon Branko Vasilic, personal secretary of Bishop Irinej was ordained a presbyter.
The first Serbs from Austro-Hungary who settled in the city of Des Moines at the beginning of the twentieth century went to the nearby St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Omaha, Nebraska or to St. George in Kansas City, Kansas and less in a local Greek Orthodox church of St. George. In the 1920s in one suburb of Des Moines where surface coal mines were located and where a large group of Serbs from Lika and Montenegrins lived and worked, the Brotherhood of St. Spiridon of the Serbian Supporting Association Sloga was founded but did not last long.
On Sunday, December 11, 2011 in the Cathedral church of Christ the Saviour in Banja Luka, the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy was served by archimandrite Kirill (Govorun), cleric of the Russian Orthodox Church, with the concelebration of the priests of the Cathedral church.
A new Cathedral church, as a reflection and the seal of strength of faith of the Orthodox Serbian people, is being constructed by goodness of the faithful citizens of this city, Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla once said.
The future Cathedral church with its look and size, will represent a monumental edifice in the city on the left bank of the Drina. It will have two belfries of 55 meters each, as well as five domes of which the central one will be 33 meters high, which is a symbol of spent years of Jesus Christ on the Earth.
Bishop Vasilije on August 8, on the Day of the municipality of Zvornik, consecrated the Precious Cross and the land for the construction of the church which will be devoted to the Nativity of Most Holy Theotokos.
His Grace Bishop Nikanor of Banat consecrated a Serbian Orthodox Church dedicated to Serbian Saints, on November 26 with the concelebration of local priests.
The solemn event was attended by representatives of Alibunar’s local authorities led by president of the municipality Dusan Jovanovic. The church has been enlarged and broadened, altar, new iconostasis, holy throne refurbished and the relics of the saint placed.