Diocesan News

Krsna Slava and Archpastoral Visit to St. John the Baptist Mission in Reno

IMG 0459Saturday, July 7, 2012 was a blessed day for the St. John Mission in Reno, NV. The Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the chapel of St. Alexander of the Sleeping Ones by His Grace Bishop Maxim at the small but eager mission Parish in Reno. He was assisted by the Parish Priest, Fr. James Barfield, Presbyter Stephen Karcher (Greek parish in Reno), Presbyter Oleg (Russian parish in Reno), Protopresbyter William Weir (Fair Oaks, CA), and Hierodeacon Panteleimon. Vladika Maxim’s sermon was a reflection on the community of Saints and the particular place occupied in it by St John the Baptist.

Archpastoral visit to St. Xenia Skete & St. Andrew's Church in Northern California

St. Xenia Skete, Wildwood, CaliforniaOn Saturday morning my eight year-old son, John and I went with two other parishioners from our church in Anderson to Wildwood, CA to visit St. Xenia's Skete and to serve Liturgy with His Grace Bishop Maxim.  The weather during the past couple of days had been very hot and wehoped that it would be comfortable at St. Xenia's.  We were not disappointed as were blessed with cool but sunny weather during the outdoor liturgy which was also served with Fr. Hilarion the abbot of St Herman's Monastery in Platina and Fr. Paisius also from St. Herman's.  After the beautiful litrugy, we crowded into the trapeza for a wonderful meal of salmon and rice and vegetables.

Bishop Maxim's First Pastoral Visit to Mexico

mexico-imageУ периоду од 26. до 29. априла текуће године, у првој званичној и историјској посети Православним верницима у држави Мексико били су епископ Западноамерички Максим и протојереј Блашко Параклис. У Мексико сити су стигли у петак, 26. априла 2012. године. Пастирско-епископска одговорност западноамеричког епископа за српске исељенике на мексичкој територији има своје упориште у одлуци Светога Архијерејскога сабора.

Historian, Professor Bosko Bojovic, gives a presentation at St. Sava Church in San Gabriel, California

bobovic-san-gabriel-april-2012On Monday, April 23, 2012 many Orthodox faithful from the greater Los Angeles area gathered at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in San Gabriel, California to listen to a presentation given by historian Professor Bosko Bojovic from Paris, France

Podcast of this lecture will be available soon. We are upgrading our website at the moment and transferring files. Thank you for your patience. (2014-02-07)

Listen to Lecture by Professor Bosko Bojovic
Професор Бошко Бојовић Историчар са Сорбоне у Цркви Светога Саве
у Сан Габриелу, Калифорнијаc




Bishop Maxim Celebrates St. Sava in New York

svsavaOn Sunday, January 29, 2012 the slava of the Serbian church of Saint Sava in New York City. On that occasion His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America led the solemn liturgical celebration with the concelebration of the head of the church f. Djokan Majstorovic, f. Vladislav Radujkovic, guests from the Seminary of St. Tihon and two deacons. 

After the Holy Liturgy the slava cake was blessed and cut, which was turned by dozens of hands of children-pupils of Sunday school along with the Bishop and the pupils of the Serbian language school of the Serbian Club in Queens.

Source: Church of Saint Sava 

The Priestly Ordination of Hieromonk Paisius


By the mercy of God, on Saturday, January 1/14 – the Feast of the Circumcision of the Lord, St. Basil the Great, and the New Year – His Grace Bishop Maxim ordained to the holy priesthood Hierodeacon Paisius of the St. Herman of Alaska Monastery, Platina, California. 

The newly ordained Hieromonk Paisius was born Kibben I. Bjerke on June 15, 1951, and grew up in Powell, Wyoming. After two years of college in Wyoming, in 1971 he entered a non-denominational Christian brotherhood, which was later received into the Orthodox Church. Br. Christopher, as he was then known, entered the St. Herman of Alaska Monastery as a novice on in February 1988. He was tonsured into the riassa in November of that same year, on the feast of St. Paisius Velichkovsky, after whom he was named. In March 1992 he was tonsured into the small schema. For many years he has served as the secretary of the St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood. On March 7/20, 2010, Akathist Saturday, Monk Paisius was ordained to the holy diaconate by His Grace Bishop Maxim at the St. Sava Church in Jackson, California. 

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