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Diocesan News

Епископ Максим посетио Портланд поводом Храмовне Славе Св. Архиђакона и Првомученика Стефана

01Парохија Св. Првомученика и Архиђакона Стефана у Портланду, Орегон прославила је свечано своју храмовну славу, дочекавши свог драгог Архијереја са највећом пажњом и љубављу, на коју нас Господ својим Јеванђељем обавезује.  

Празничне свечаности су почеле служењем вечерње службе, коју су служили протојереј-ставрофор Лазар Васиљевић и презвитер Видослав Вујасин.

Сутрадан, у недељу рано, сабрали су се благочестиви верници са мноштвом деце портландске парохије испред храма да дочекају свог Архиспастира! 

Светом Архијерејском Литургијом началствао је наш Архијереј, уз саслужење протојереја-ставрофора Лазара Васиљевића, архијерејског намесника протојереја Предрага Бојовића из Сијатла,  и презвитера Данијела Мекеја и ђакона Стивен Дајера из Јуџина, као и презвитера Видослава Вујасина из Портланда. Свету Литургију су својим дивним појањем улепшали хорови из Јуџина и Портланда.

Christmas in the Western American Diocese

nativity icon with troparian

By the Grace of God
Orthodox Bishop of Western America
Grace, Peace and Mercy from the God-Child Christ the Savoir

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder,
and His Name shall be called THE ANGEL OF GREAT COUNCIL,
Wonderful Councelor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaih 9:6)

We lift up our hearts to Things Above as we praise our Savior, the Angel of Great Council, who grants us peace and heals every division in His creation. With Him, every expression of joy over life, of wonderment over the unknown, the desire to transcend death, and to seek justice for suffering people - especially in Kosovo and Syria - continue to exist and are brought into sharper focus. 

By sending you our Festal greetings and prayerful wishes along with our gratitude for your support, we want to say how much we appreciate your support of our Diocese this year!
May God bless you and your families! 
Patriarchal Nativity Encyclical
His Holiness 
Patriarch IRINEJ

English  Serbian
Nativity Message
Assembly of Canonical 
Orthodox Bishops in

North & South America
Episcopal Nativity Greeting
His Grace 
Bishop MAXIM

This collection of photo gallaries reflects how our Orthodox Church communities in the Western American Diocese celebrated the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.



St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church
Salt Lake City, Utah





Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos Serbian Orthodox Church

Orange County, California







Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church
Boise, Idaho






St. Petka Serbian Orthodox Church
San Marcos, California








Епископ Максим у посети вернима у Финиксу

01У суботу 2. јануара, када празнујемо Св. Игњатија Богоносца, што је и Крсна Слава о. Станислава и његове породице, Његово Преосвештенство Епископ западноамерички г. Максим служио је Св. Архијерејску Литургију у храму Св. Николе, а саслуживали су протојереј Лазар Васиљевић, протојереј Драгомир Туба и парох при овом храму, протојереј Станислав Дурић.

На Св. Литургији, Епископ Максим је пререзао Славски Колач и свечарима честитао Славу, након чега су домаћини припремили богато послужење за све присутне.

The House That Miladin Built

fr miladin garichWritten By:  By Seraphim Winslow

From Sunrise to Sunset Avenue, heading west along one of those gorgeous, tree-lined streets that you find all throughout the cozy community of Fair Oaks, look to your right after passing the sign for the cemetery. Turn your gaze upward toward the heavens. You will suddenly gasp as you see one of the most impressive and elegant examples of Eastern Orthodox Church architecture that you’ve ever seen on the West Coast. You will behold the house that Miladin built.

Since he arrived in 1960, Fr. Miladin Garic was the spiritual force behind the Serbian Orthodox community in the east Sacramento region. Fr. Miladin fell asleep in the Lord on Nov. 24th, 2015, and now lies next to his beloved wife, Nina, in a churchyard on a peaceful hillside facing the very first Serbian Orthodox Church in America, in Jackson, where he also served as priest for several years. Such was the life of this dynamic churchman, affectionately called “Proto Garic” by his flock, that Jesus’ words immediately come to mind: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Annual Meeting of the Central Council held at Chicago

Central Church Council 13 of 17Chicago, IL -  The Central Church Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America held its annual meeting on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Chicago and continued the following day with the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at St. Sava Monastery in Libertyville, on the feast of St. Mardarije of Libertyville and America and Canada. This was the first Divine Liturgy in which the first Bishop of America and Canada, Mardarije, was commemorated after being added to the list of Saints at the regular meeting of the Holy Assembly of Bishops held in May.

Participating in the meeting of the Central Council were all the hierarchs of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America, led by His Eminence Metropolitan Amphilohije of Montenegro and the Coastlands, His Grace Bishop Longin of New Gracanica and Midwestern America, His Grace Bishop Mitrophan of Eastern America and His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America. Representing the Canadian Diocese were V. Rev. Stavrophor Vasilije Tomic, the Episcopal Deputy for the diocesan administrator His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Irinej and Fr. Jovan Marjanac, parish priest in Sudbury, Canada.


12316203 477957045721807 7803845583495001717 nJackson, Ca - November 28-30, 2015 - With the translation of holy relics from Los Angeles to Jackson, CA, our newly glorified Saint came alive for us, as if they had never reposed and were not separated from us in time by over eighty years. The festivities began on Sunday with the Divine Liturgy served by Archbishop Benjamin (OCA), Bishop Maxim, Abbot Sava of Tvrdos Monastery, Abbot Damascene of Platina, Priests Lazar Vasiljevic, Nicholas Ceko, Steven Tumbas, Gregory Edwards, Blasko Paraklis, James Barfield, and Deacons Dragan Stojanovic and Zoran Aleksic. Fr Steve Tumbas was elevated to the rank of stavrophore and Protodeacon Triva Pavlov received the metal of St Sebastian.
May the intercessions of Saint Sebastian offer to God the prayers and supplications of all the faithful.

See also: Amador Ledger Dispatch Article by Eric Winslow
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