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NEWS AND EVENTS - Friday, November 29, 2013


Society events to be held every other Thursday, starting Dec. 12th

Chicago, IL - Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago is pleased to announce that its Young Adult Fellowship will officially re-launch on Thursday, December 12th, as the Fellowship of St. John Vladimir, serving as the Cathedral’s dedicated ministry for young adults, college students and young families.  The December 12th evening workshop will explore the theme of “Instantiating Orthodoxy,” and will be led by Society director and prominent Chicago attorney Douglas Palandech.  The workshop will begin at 7PM with light Lenten refreshments served.

“The purpose of the fellowship is to provide a sense of belonging to our youth. I was fortunate to experience the importance of social belonging as a student in Cambridge, where the collegiate life is reserved for the social aspect of the university education while the instruction is reserved for other venues. This model seems to motivate youth to excel and we hope that it will prove equally efficient in our case as well,” said Fr. Vasilije Vranic, Ph.D., who oversees the Cathedral’s Educational Programs.

The decision was made to dedicate the Cathedral’s young adult ministry to St. Jovan Vladimir, an 11th Century Serbian prince and ruler who lived piously and governed justly together with his wife Theodora, and who was martyred at the age of 26 while holding a cross in his hand.  The Holy prince is considered to be the first Serbian to have been canonized as a saint, and many miracles continue to be attributed to his intercessions and grace-filled relics. 

“Mr. Doug Palandech is in charge of our Fellowship. His vast experience of teaching religion to youth for the past seventeen years at our Cathedral, coupled with his eloquence and brilliant analytical mind of an attorney-at-law, make him singularly well equipped to lead the Fellowship,” Fr. Vasilije added.

Following the December 12th event on Instantiating Orthodoxy, the Fellowship will hold discussions on the theme of The Orthodox Family and The Imperative of Forgiveness.

For more information about the Fellowship of St. Jovan Vladimir, or upcoming events, please contact Doug Palandech at or Fr. Vasilije Vranic at

 Nenad Djordjevic

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