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St. Sava Monastery Launches New Website
Thursday, February 16, 2017

As part of the preparations of the Diocese of New Gracanica and Midwestern America for the upcoming celebration of Saint Mardarije of Libertyville this July 14 – 16, 2017, the Diocese is pleased to announce that a new, official website (www.stsavamonastery.org) for Saint Sava Monastery in Libertyville has been launched today. Continue

Day Three of the Orthodox Institute in San Diego
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Following Orthros and a continental breakfast on Thursday morning, on the feast day of the Holy and Righteous Simeon the God-receiver Anna, the final plenary session began, entitled: How Can Psychologic Knowledge Assist in Spiritual Life?

Fr. Vasileios spoke of the many misunderstandings that feed the controversy between psychology and theology. Distinctions, however, should be made so that we know to differentiate between issues, mental disorders and problems that can be addressed by a priest and those which require professional psychologists. Interestingly enough, according to some studies patients tend to first go to the minister. Mental disorder are of the mental functions such as our thoughts, feelings and desires. When they are disturbed we have disorders. These disorders have been emphasized by modernity and is one reason people seek fiction in order to cultivate their emotional world, to reflect on their own inner space. Continue

Day Two of the Orthodox Institute in San Diego
Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The second full day of the Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute began early in the morning Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the feast day of the Meeting of the Lord, with the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy officiated by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America and His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America, the host hierarch and the concelebration of a number of diocesan and visiting clergy. In his homily following the liturgy Bishop Irinej spoke of the gift of the encounter with Christ that we are given in the Holy Liturgy, mirroring the encounter of St. Symeon with Christ celebrated in the Feast. It is because of this encounter which we have now in the liturgy that we have the hope –even a foretaste – of that great and final encounter with Christ at His second and glorious coming. Continue

Patriarch Officiated Over Festal Gathering in Milton
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Serbian Patriarch Irinej consecrated the restored refectory of the monastery of the Transfiguration of the Lord at Milton, Canada

On the Sunday of the 12the of February 2017, on the feast-day of Holy Three Hierarchs, the patron day of the side-chapel of the Bishop’s residence in the Milton Monastery, Ontario, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch, served the Holy Hierarchal Liturgy with the concelebration of Their Graces Bishops Longin of New Gracanica, Irinej of Eastern America and Mitrophan of Canada, and of many priests of the Diocese of Canada in the church of the Transfiguration of the Lord. Continue

Day One of the Orthodox Institute
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Clergy and faithful filled the St. George Serbian Church in San Diego, the host church of the 3rd Annual Sts. Sebastian and Mardarije Orthodox Institute, for the morning Orthos service on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, the feast day of the Holy Martyr Tryhon of Phrygia. Orthros was served by Hieromonk Fr. Platon (Jovic), a visiting monk from the Diocese of Banja Luka. Continue

Clergy Arrive at 2017 Orthodox Institute
Monday, February 13, 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017 marked the beginning of the much awaited 3rd annual St. Sebastian and St. Mardarije Ecclesial Orthodox Institute.  His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America and St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego, California are host to this year's event held in cooperation with the Clergy Brotherhood of the Serbian Orthodox Church. Continue

Announcing Pilrimage to Russia
Friday, January 27, 2017




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