Schedule of Events



Friday, September 4th

1:00 p.m.         Clergy Lunch and Seminar
                        His Holiness Patriarch Irinej, Guest Speaker

3:00 p.m.         Meeting of the Diocesan Council

4:00 p.m.         Annual Diocesan Assembly

6:00 p.m.        Vesper Service
                       Welcome Reception & Opening Festivities

7:00 p.m.         Dinner, Presentation of Honored Guests, Questions and Answers
                        His Holiness Patriarch Irinej, Guest Bishops: Metropolitan Gerasim,
                        Archbishop Kyrill, Bishop Longin, Bishop Mitrofan, Bishop Benjamin 
                          (Moderator Fr. Nikola Ceko)

Saturday, September 5th

 9:00 a.m.       Matins

 9:45 a.m.      Canonization Festivities:
                         Entrance of the Patriarch
                         Procession of Relics and Icons of New Saints                            

10:00 a.m.      Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
                       Official Proclamation

12:30 p.m.      Symposium Lunch followed by an afternoon of fellowship             

 6:00 p.m.       Vespers

 7:00 p.m.       Dinner

 8:00 p.m.       Program: Oratorical Festival, FolkFest, Dramatic Reading & Musical
                        Presentation followed by an eveing of fellowship and dancing

Sunday, September 6th

 9:00 a.m.        Matins

10:00 a.m.      Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
                         followed by Reception for Hierarchs

12:00 noon      Banquet & Program
                        Zeljka Gortinski will read from the lives of Mardarije and Sebastian 
                        "Breza" Singing group from Phoenix
                        Keynote Address
                        Afternoon Music and Dancing

 5:00 p.m.       Wine Tasting
                       Barbeque Dinner


Bishop's Announcement


With this letter I want to share with you the most God-pleasing and most important news of the establishment of new feast days in the Calendar of the Serbian Orthodox Church.

The Holy Assembly of Hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church during its regular session on May 29, 2015, added the names of Bishop Mardarije (Uskokovic) of Libertyville, and Archimandrite Sebastian (Dabovich) of San Francisco and Jackson, clergymen and preachers of the Gospel, God-pleasing servants of holy life, and inspirers of many missionaries, to the Dyptich of Saints (Calendar of Saints) of the Orthodox Church. Glory to God! Once again, through the lives of these two saints, we see our Orthodox Church as a faith that produces holy persons, “enriches the world with saints” and insists on an ethos of holiness.

This is a wonderful blessing for all of us Orthodox Christians in America, and for the whole Orthodox Church throughout the world. When one thinks of the tremendous sacrifices that these two holy apostles made, and the many sorrows that they endured, one is especially gratified that they are now universally recognized as being among the Church’s luminaries. The feast of Holy Hierarch Mardarije will be celebrated on November 29/December 12, while that of the Venerable Sebastian will be celebrated on November 17/30.

The Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America plans to celebrate their public and liturgical glorification at St Steven’s Cathedral in Alhambra, California, on September 5, 2015.

The Serbian Patriarch, His Holiness Irinej, is invited to lead the liturgical festivities, accompanied by the ruling hierarchs of the Orthodox Church in the USA, along with many civil dignitaries and special invited guests.

The program for the festivities can be found on our Diocesan website on the event page at:

With this official invitation we ask you for your presence at a most unique event celebrating these new Serbian American Saints, commemorating the lives of Holy Enlighteners and Apostles of the Church in America.

Please put this date in your calendar in order to be with us on this solemn and important day. 

With love and esteem in Christ,

Bishop Maxim of the Serbian Western American Diocese
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