NEWS AND EVENTS - Monday, December 7, 2015
BISHOPS LONGIN AND JOVAN SERVED IN MILWAUKEE
Milwaukee, WI - On the feast day of St. Amphilochius of Iconium, Sunday, December 6, 2015, His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America and His Grace Bishop Jovan of Pakrac and Slavonia, served the Divine Liturgy in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Concelebrating with the bishops were the parish priests, V. Rev. Stavrophor Dragan Veleusic and V. Rev. Dragan Cutilo and Protodeacon Milovan Gogic. The history of the Serbian parish in Milwaukee goes back to 1912, while the current church was consecrated in 1958. The church is known for its mosaics, unique in America. Many people from our war torn areas, who after the wars in the 90s were separated from their homes, now live in this parish.
At the end of liturgy, attended by many faithful, Bishops Longin and Jovan blessed the icons of the new glorified Serbian Saints from America, Sts. Mardarije and Sebastian. The bishops preached about the wonderful saints but also of the suffering history of the Church of God and the people in Slavonia, of their great effort and renewal and our New Kosovo - Jasenovac.
Before returning to New Gracanica the bishops visited the St. John Chrysostom Monastery which belongs to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and is connected to Elder Ephraim of the Holy Mountain and is a unique missionary undertaking in America. They spoke with Abbess Melania (Makrianis) at the monastery and visited the monastery churches.