His Holiness Patriarch Irinej of Serbia sends condolences

SERBIAN PATRIARCH
Syn. No. 1022 23 August 2010 In Belgrade

To the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, to the Clergy and faithful people of the Metropolitanate of Libertyville-Chicago

News of the passing of Metropolitan Christopher of blessed repose came to us while we were serving the Divine Liturgy on the day of the Lord's Transfiguration. The news was just as unexpected as it was sad. We were informed that His Eminence was afflicted with a serious illness, but no one among us expected that his life on this world would come to an end so quickly. Glory to the Lord for all things! Metropolitan Christopher of blessed repose leaves to his Lord, Whom he served faithfully and devotedly from his days as a student until his last breath. With his natural talents he was almost destined for the holy ministry of priesthood, to which he had committed himself in his youth.

Metropolitan Christopher’s Body Arrives at Cathedral and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy is Celebrated Funeral

The body of His Eminence Metropolitan Christopher of blessed repose arrived at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago, at 8:00 AM today, where it was met at the Cathedral doors one last time by His Grace Bishop Maxim of the Western America Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, and where it will lie in state until 9:00 pm.

Consecration of the church in Shadeland

On Sunday, August 8th, in Shadeland PA, on the property of Saint Sava children's camp, a new church was consecrated. Upon invitation on Bishop Mitrofan of the Eastern American Diocese of the SOC, Bishop Longin of the New Gracanica - Midwestern American Diocese participated in the consecration along with a few of the clerics of our diocese.

Pilgrims from North America and Russia celebrate 40th Anniversary of Saint Herman’s glorification on Spruce Island

Every year pilgrims from around the world together with the natives of Alaska come to commemorate America's first saint, Fr. Herman - the Wonderworker of Alaska. They visit Spruce Island, the place he sanctified by his holy Christian life, and go to venerate his relics on the Island of Kodiak. This year His Grace Maxim, Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America and Fr. Blasko Paraklis came on their third pilgrimage.