On Friday and Saturday, April 19th & 20th of this year, Regular Annual Assembly of the Diocese of New Gracanica – Midwestern America was held at the New Gracanica Monastery, Third Lake, IL, USA. This significant session was preceded by a seminar of the priests of our Diocese.
Assembly was attended by priests, monks and laity from 46 parishes and monasteries. Aside from the regular issues concerning the spiritual, financial and material wellbeing of the Diocese, a considerable amount of [...continue reading]
On March 23rd, Orthodox Christians of Chicago area gathered at the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Cathedral for the annual celebration of the Triumph of Orthodoxy. The sermon was held by Archbishop Nicolae of the Rumanian Orthodox Church.
The Youth Department of our Diocese would like to remind you of our Annual Oratorical Festival аnd to ask you to convey the information to the friends from your parish who might be interested in it.
It will take place, God willing, at our New Gračanica Monastery during the Annual Diocesan Assembly on the 19th of April in the afternoon/evening and on the 20th of April in the morning/around noon.
The essays should not be longer than 5 double-space pages [...continue reading]
On February 17th, 2013, the Liturgy at the New Gracanica Monastery was served by the Abbot of the Hilandar Monastery, Metodije, along with other clergy. Abbot Metodije leads the delegation of the Hilandar Monastery which is visiting New Gracanica. Two years ago, New Gracanica Monastery became the home of a replica icon of the Three-handed Icon of the Mother of God. At that time, a delegation from the Hilandar Monastery brought the icon, thus establishing a relationship between our two [...continue reading]
On February 2nd, Saint Sava’s seminary was the host of a 26th annual celebration of Saint Sava’s day. The event started with Vespers, continued with common dinner which was followed by a very rich program that spanned speeches, an academic Theological lecture, performanes of musical pieces and readings of poems, essays and sayings of the Saints.
We are forwarding this follow-up note from Ksenia Papkov concerning the efforts to save the life of Petr Gudkov, a soloist of the famed Sretensky Choir, and the father of two children. The Orthodox Christian faithful of the Chicago area were very supportive in the fund-drive last November, and more help is needed. A Benefit Concert has been hastily organized, as you see in the flier below. Would you please be so kind as to post this flier and [...continue reading]
On the day of Saint Sava, following the Divine Liturgy, a cultural celebration was organized in the big hall of the New Gracanica Monastery. This was, again, the fruit of the weeks-long preparation and rehearsals in which children participated as well as their parents, thanks to whom this celebration was so successful. [Read more and watch video report at RTS.rs...>>>]
Bishop Longin served the vigil of Christmas Eve and the Liturgy of Christmas Day at the New Gracanica Monastery. Hundreds of people were in attendance, both in church in prayer and afterwards in the monastery hall for common meal.
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2012 Winter youth retreat – December 26 to December 30.
The theme of this year’s winter retreat is: KEEPING IT REAL
This year we are trying something new. Location of the winter youth retreat, as most of you already know, is going to be at the Serbian Monastery in New Carlisle Indiana – an hour and a half drive from Chicago. We have arranged a bus to pick up and return all those from the Chicago area, as well as [...continue reading]
This past November 2012, St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Parish celebrated its 10th year with a Slava service following the Divine Liturgy. Fr. Milorad Loncar was present for the festivities and served the Slava together with Fr. Gregory Schultz, the parish priest.
Back in the early 1970’s, the only Orthodox Church in Huntsville was a small Greek Church. At that time, a number of non-Greek Orthodox Christians had moved to the Huntsville area and having come [...continue reading]