Diocesan News

Press release regarding Father Daniel MacKay


Western American Diocese
of the Serbian Orthodox Church

1621 W. Garvey Ave.
Alhambra, CA 91803
Tel. 626-289-9061


Friday, October 14, 2016


Statement from the Western American Diocese
Regarding the Arrest of Father Daniel MacKay

Alhambra, CA – The Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church has been informed that Father Daniel J. MacKay, age 42, was arrested on Wednesday, October 12, 2016, in Lane County, Oregon. Father Daniel was contacted by police and arrested on charges stemming from allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor and possession of a controlled substance. While the criminal proceedings are pending and until the conclusion of ecclesiastical proceedings, Father Daniel will be suspended from all pastoral duties to which he was assigned.

While everyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty, the Western American Diocese nonetheless takes allegations of misconduct in any form very seriously and must act accordingly to insure the safety and security of all our Orthodox parishioners and others as we conduct our worship and ministries together. Such misconduct is abhorrent and not condoned by the Holy Orthodox Faith. We are deeply concerned and pray for all involved.

The Western American Diocese stands ready to cooperate with the civil authorities. Further, anyone who might be, or knows someone that has been, a victim of sexual abuse by a member of the diocesan clergy, church employee or volunteer should first call the police and then report the matter, confidentially, to the Diocesan ombudsman at +1.415.930.9069.



Slava Celebration at Saint Steven's Cathedral in Alhambra, CA

2016 10 02 alhambra slava 013Alhambra, California - On Sunday, October 2nd, 2016 a glorious celebration of three very special events took place at the Saint Steven's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California. On this day the parish celebrated its Krsna Slava, the Feast of Saint Steven - Simon the Monk; the 70th Anniversary of the Cathedral; and the 10th Anniversary of the Enthronement of His Grace Bishop Maxim as the Hierarch of the Western American Diocese.

The Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Maxim, together with the Cathedral Dean, V. Rev. Nichoals Ceko, Assistant Priest, Rev. Norman Kosanovich, and visiting clergy, V. Rev. Ilija Dajkovic, and V. Rev. Predrag Bojovic, who will soon to be the parish priest at the St. Sava Church in San Gabriel. The Saint Steven's Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral Youth Choral participated with responses & hymns, leading in song the many faithful who attended.

Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Las Vegas

2016 09 11 las vegas 02Да ли сте се некада питали како један православни Србин живи своју веру у коцкарском граду? Ако јесте, а не знате одговор, дођите у Лас Вегас!Српска парохија Светог Симеона Мироточивог у Лас Вегасу нема дугу историју и једна је од најмлађих парохија у Западноамеричкој епархији. Парохијски храм који је у изградњи већ сада је једна од најлеших грађевина у крају и сада се јасно види колико ће бити величанствен када буде коначно завршен. У том светом храму служиће се Литургија ”овог свијета као и онога”. Сво ово поменусмо због тога следећег. За православни народ који живи у спољашњем бљеску Лас Вегаса веома је важно да схвате значај истинског празновања Дана Господњег и Божијих угодника.

Consecration of St. John the Baptist Church in Colorado

denver consecration 021aЈедна од врлинских особина српског народа, која датира још од светих и великих Немањића, јесте задужбинарство. Многи историчари се слажу у констатацији да је један од разлога зашто у Србији и српским земљама данас нема велелепних двораца и замкова као у западној Европи, тај што су српски средњевековни владари зидали цркве и манастире, од којих су многи сачувани до данашњих дана и убрајају се у бисере светске културне баштине. Дакле сва њихова стремљења и напори били су вођени јеванђелском заповешћу о стицању вечних и непролазних небеских блага, те су као такви били усмерени на спасење своје душе и просвећење свога народа, којег су задужили, остављајући му у наслеђе највеће светиње. Ова славна традиција задужбинарства постала је органски део српског православног етоса кроз векове.

Final Day of the 20th Diocesan Days in Jackson

Day One | Day Two | Day Three

angier 1609 20th diocesan days 03 1520aJackson, CA – Sunday, September 4, 2016 - The final day of the 20th Annual Diocesan Days celebration came on the Lord's Day, the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, the feast day of the Holy Martyr St. Agathonicus. The clergy were vested early during Matins Sunday morning in preparation to welcome and piously receive the relics of St. Sebastian of San Francisco and Jackson who, during the course of Matins, was escorted into the makeshift church by His Grace Bishop Maxim and all the clergy of the Western American Diocese. With the bishop's blessing Protopresbyter-Stavrophor Nicholas Ceko beautifully delivered the homily after the gospel reading during liturgy, speaking on relationships – both the ones we have with one another and our relationship with God. Singing the responses during the liturgy were the students of Prizren Seminary as they had all weekend.

After a continental breakfast the grand banquet was held in the main hall. The clergy and faithful were given one last time to listen to this year's guest speaker, Dr. Bogdan Lubardic, as he delivered his Keynote Address towards the end of the luncheon, entitled: Learning with St. Matthew: How are we to overcome and understand fear- on Christ the eternal source of Joy and Peace. His talk centered on the gospel event found in the 14th chapter of St. Matthews gospel. Namely, Jesus' walking on the water. The theme was the human conditioin of fear, which we collectively run away from but cannot escape. As he did in previous talks, Dr. Lubardic disected the reading from Scriptures in order to better understand its deeper meaning. This gospel episode which gives a deeper understanding of the human condition of fear reveals its twofold dimension: fear of the unknown and fear in not knowing Him who dispels all fear which, in fact, is a lack of faith due to sin. Dr. Lubardic tied his keynote address to Fr. Ceko's morning homily about relationships, stating that the only way man can overcome fear as an inherit human condition is through a living faith, that is, a living relationship with Christ our Lord who is the only one who dispel all our fears. Subsequently, it is interesting to note that when St. Peter, who began to slip upon walking on the waters, calls to Jesus "Lord, save me“, the waters become calm. Which is to say, that our confession of our faith results in peace in our lives. This slipping and drowning in the waves described in the gospel narrative, our guest speaker noted, will never occur and happen in our own spiritual lives as long as we keep our view focused on Christ.

20th Annual Diocesan Days Continues

Day One | Day Two | Day Three

              20th Annual Diocesan Days - Day TwoJackson, CA - Saturday, September 3, 2016 – Chanting, the ancient melodies and hymns in glory and honor of the Holy Apostle Thaddeus whose memory the church commemorated on Saturday, 3 September, resonated through the crisp morning air. It came from the makeshift chapel under the tent at the St. Sava campgrounds and the morning Matins that prayerfully marked the start of the second day of this year’s Diocesan Days celebration. While the clergy filed in one by one, they received a blessing from their bishop and spiritual father, His Grace Maxim. During the course of the Matins service the clergy vested and gathered once more around their bishop for the start of the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. “The Kingdom of heaven is at hand,” His Grace stood before the altar and announced to the gathered faithful. “Whenever we celebrate one of the Apostles, as we do today, we remember that they went out to preach the gospel and they preached exactly this dimension of our salvation, that the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand, it is here with us in our Eucharistic gathering and celebration.”

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