Last Tuesday (May 3rd), in the midst of the Paschal season, His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Serbian Western American Diocese, presented an inspirational and engaging lecture at the Patriarch Athenagoras Institute, Berkeley University.? At 6pm Bishop Maxim presided over Vesperal Liturgy service at the chapel, followed by dinner. The lecture titled "Liberated from Bondage to Decay Through the Freedom (Romans 8:21): True Freedom as the Conquest of the Self", was dedicated in honor of St. Nikolaj Velimirovic Bishop of Zica, referred to as Serbia's New Chrysostom, whose feast day was celebrated that Tuesday.
From May 10-28, 2011, there was an expedition to the St. Panteleimon Monastery on Mt. Athos of a scholarly editorial council for the Complete Works of St. Theophan the Recluse, reports the website of the publishing department of the Russian Orthodox Church.
The main goal of the expedition is to study the manuscripts, letters, and other documents that comprise the creative heritage of the St. Theophan, which are located in the archives of the Russian St. Panteleimon Monastery, the St. Andrew and St. Elias Sketes, and a number of other Athonite monasteries. The manuscripts found will undergo more thorough study, with the aim of using them in the preparation of the first scholarly publication of the Complete Works of St. Theophan the Recluse.
The celebration of the Day of Slavic Writing opened with the patriarch's liturgy in the Kremlin Uspensky Cathedral on Tuesday. The service was followed by a religious procession from Red Square to Vasilyevsky Spusk, where Patriarch Kirill officially opened the annual festival. A big festival was also held there.
The Day of Slavic Writing, celebrated on May 24, is associated with the memory of St. Cyril and Methodius, who created the Slavic alphabet and translated the Gospels into Old Slavonic. The holiday was celebrated in Russia on an official level from the middle of the 19th century until the 1917 revolution. The Day of Slavic Writing has been celebrated in contemporary Russia for over 20 years.
The Reverend Father Damjan S. Bozic, Cathedral Deacon at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, was awarded a Doctor of Ministry Degree on Saturday, May 7th, 2011, at the University of St.Mary of the Lake - Mundelein Seminary following the successful completion of his doctoral studies and acceptance of his dissertation.