Diocesan News

Bishop Maxim Speaks at XXI International Conference on Orthodox Spirituality - Monastery Bose, Italy

1.stories.ospitalita.convegni-spiritualita-ortodossa.2013.CEISO2013 ITAOn Saturday, 7 September 2013, the 21st International Ecumenical Conference ended at the Bose Monastery. Hierarchs and monastics belonging to the Orthodox Churches, to the Reform, and to the Catholic Church, after four intense days of meetings and dialogue, ended their work with a prayer for peace in the Bose monastery church, adhering to the appeal of the bishop of Rome, pope Francis. 

The representatives of the Churches
The Bose conference wanted to listen to the wisdom of the fathers, to offer a space for reflection on the theme of spiritual maturity through the crises of passage from one age to another of life, believing that the spiritual dimension is essential for authentic human maturity. This is the idea emphasized in the numerous messages of greeting from the heads of the Churches, among them the messages of the ecumenical patriarch Bartholomew I, read by the patriarch’s delegate, bishop Iosif of Patara; of metropolitan Ilarion in the name of the patriarch of Moscow Kirill; and that of cardinal Tarcisio Bertone in the name of pope Francis.

Diocesan Days 2013 - Sunday

diocesan-days-2013-sunday-liturgyPhoto Gallery | Bishop Maxim's Homily |  Grand Banquet (Audio) 

On Sunday, September 1st, 2013, the third day of the Jubliee Celebration of the Western American Diocese, the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was concelebrated by His Grace, Bishop Maxim of the Western American Diocese, His Eminence, Archbishop Joseph, Antiochian Bishop of Los Angeles and the West, and His Eminence Archbishop Benjamin, OCA Bishop of the West, together with all the Clergy and faithful Orthodox Christians from throughout the Western American Diocese. 

This was a beautiful service of thanksgiving, with prayful responses from the Saint Steven's Cathedral Choir who were joined by many singers from parishes throughout the Diocese.

Diocesan Days 2013 - Saturday

diocesan-days-2013-saturdayView Photo Gallery | Oratorical Festival (Audio) | Breze Concert (Audio)

On Satuday, August 31st of Diocesan Days 2013: Freedom to Pursue the Faith, the day began with the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy concelebrated by His Grace, Bishop Maxim, Hieromonk Iakovos of St. Simonopetra Monastery on Mount Athos, Rev. Dr. John Erickson, St. Vladimir's Seminary Dean Emeritos, and all the clergy and parishioners of the Western Diocese. 

Following the Liturgy, refreshments were served and everyone gathered for the Symposium where our guest speaker Dr. James Skedros, Professor at Holy Cross Seminary in Boston gave a very enlightening presentation on "St. Constantine the Great". 

Diocesan Days 2013 - Friday

diocesan-days-2013-fridayView Photo Gallery | Clergy Seminar (Audio) | Discussion | Friday Evening Q&A Session

Friday, August 30, 2013 was the first day of the Jubilee Celebration of the Western American Diocese: Freedom to Pursue the Faith.  This year during Diocesan Days we acknowledge several momentous anniversaries: 50 years of the founding of the Diocese, 150 years of the birth of Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich, Holy Apostle to the Americas, and 1700 years of the Edict of Milan.

On this first day of Diocesan Days, all of our clergy from throughout our Diocese gathered together for a luncheon followed by a special Clergy Siminar with guest speaker V.
diocesan-council-meeting-diocesan-days-2013Rev. Dr. John Erickson of St. Vladimir's Seminary. Later in the day, the Diocesan Council held it's annual meeting in preparation for the Annual Assembly. At the same time, the Diocesan Kolo Sprpskih Sestara held it's Annual Meeting with ladies from KSS organizations from churches throughout the diocese. 

The meetings concluded at 6pm and were followed by Great Verspers and then dinner in the pavilion. After dinner presentations were given by V. Rev. Dr. John Erickson and Hieromonk Iakovos of Simonopetra, Mt. Athos and then a question and answer period. 

Stamatis Skliris Exhibit

stamatis-exhibitDuring the Diocesan Days 2013 weekend, a special Exhibit of Paintings by Fr. Stamatis Skliris was on dislpay for everyone to view, enjoy, and even purchase. View a calalogue of the beautiful paintings by Fr. Stamatis Skliris' "The Dynamic Earth" - Stamatis Skliris's Vision of the Past, Present, and Future of American Natural Treasures.

Stamatis Skliris - On the Changing Nature of Forms - Inspired by the painting of the National Parks of America.

Fair Oaks Parish Celebrates Krsna Slava

2013.08.25 - Sacramento SOC Slava DSC 0339How is it possible that each Slava celebration is totally different from every other one?  There is much hard work and anxiety that all will be in readiness by many of us – from the ones who clean the Church and grounds to the ones who prepare the food to the Clergy who come to pray with us.  Then,  God,  in His infinite wisdom and love for us, reaches down to us and grants us an abundance of excitement and joy on the day of the Slava.  And all is right with the world and with us.

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