International Basketball star Vlade Divac was back in Australia to raise money for his humanitarian projects as part of the Ana and Vlade Divac Foundation.
For the first time this Cocktail Fundraiser was held in Brisbane on Thursday, 30 January at the FireWorks Gallery in conjunction with Theme and Variations Piano Services and 'balkanbeatsbrisbane'. This fundraiser, as all such humanitarian endeavours held on behalf of the Divan Foundation, will enable better living conditions for the refugee families and internally displaced people in Serbia. 'Collective Centres' were established 20 years ago as a safe alternative to a war zone but now in 2014 the living conditions are no longer considered acceptable and funds raised will provide housing for the remaining 143 (out of 515) families still in these centres.
As I was gathering my thoughts and reflections over today’s events of the celebration of Saint Sava, the Serbian prince, Orthodox monk, and first Archbishop of the autocephalous Serbian Church, I stopped to ask myself, “How can it be that such a small Orthodox parish here in America can be so successful, alive, and growing?”. I decided to inquire with our spiritual father of the parish, Father Petar Petrović to see his thoughts and feelings on the subject.
On the feast day of Holy Martyrs Ermyl and Stratonicus His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch consecrated a chapel dedicated to the Protection of Our Most Holy Mother of God at the Military Academy in Belgrade.
On this occasion His Holiness presented the diocesan gramatas to Major General Mladen Vuruna, the head of the Military Academy; Lieutenant Colonel Randjel Kitanovic, head of the Construction Service; Cadet Brigade of the Military Academy and donor Mr. Braneta Grumic.
The traditional reception on the occasion of the school Patron Saint-day Saint Sava was held at the Old Court on January 24th.
The guests were welcomed by City Secretary for Education and Childcare Mrs. Snezana Djuric, and the reception was attended by His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, chief secretary of the Holy Synod of Bishops protopresbyter-stavrophor Dr. Savo Jovic and directors of the Belgrade's elementary, secondary and special schools and preschool instititions.
On the Eve of Theophany, Saturday, January 18th, at the Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California, His Grace, Bishop Maxim, during the Divine Liturgy, ordained to the Deaconate, Reader Daniel Kirk of Butte, Montana. Also concelebrating the Diving Liturgy were V. Rev. Nicholas Ceko, Rev. Norman Kosanovich, and Rev. Russell Radoicic of the Holy Trinity Church in Butte, Montana. Following the Divine Liturgy and the ordination of Deacon Daniel, His Grace, the Clergy, and newly ordained Deacon Daniel together with the faithful processed outside for the Blessing of the Water. Following the service a small celebratory luncheon was held for Deacon Daniel Kirk, his wife Anne, and their daughter Phoebe. Deacon Daniel and his family will return to Butte, Montana where he will be the parish Deacon at the Holy Trinity Church.