A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Konstantin Fotić

Konstantin D. Fotić (Šabac, 1891 - Vašington, 1959) školovao se u Šapcu, a zatim završio prava u Bordou. U Balkanskim patovima služio je kao konjički oficir, a tokom I svetskog rata kao oficir za vezu sa Francuskom vojnom komandom na Solunskom frontu; 1915. postavljen je u Ministarstvo spoljnih poslova Kraljevine Srbije i sa Nikolom Pašićem učestvovao na mirovnim pregovorima u Parizu.

Kao diplomata je službovao je Bernu, Londonu, Parizu, Stokholmu, Beču itd., a obavljao je i razne dužnosti u ministarstvu spoljnih poslova Kraljevine SHS/Jugoslavije (šef Odeljenja za Ligu naroda, direktor Političkog odeljenja, pomoćnik ministra spoljnih poslova). Kao stalni delegat Jugoslavije pri Društvu naroda, učestvovao je na skoro svim međunarodnim konferencijama od 1926. do 1935. Smišljene intervencije i kontruktivni predlozi doneli su Fotiću veliki ugled među kolegama; često je bio pozivan da ravnopravno sa delegatima velikih sila učestvuje u najvažnijim sastancima vodećih evropskih državnika. Za poslanika u Vašingtonu postavljen je 1935. Kad je 1942. poslanstvo podignuto na rang ambasade, Fotić je postao prvi ambasador Jugoslavije u SAD.

Sahranjen je na groblju manastira Svetog Save u Libertivilu, Ilinois.


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Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan

by Bishop Athanasius (Yevtich)

In 2013 Christian world celebrates 1700 years since the day when the Providence of God spoke through the holy Emperor Constantine and freedom was given to the Christian faith. Commemorating the 1700 years since the Edict of Milan of 313, Sebastian Press of the Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church published a book by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, Holy Emperor Constantine and the Edict of Milan. The book has 72 pages and was translated by Popadija Aleksandra Petrovich. This excellent overview of the historical circumstances that lead to the conversion of the first Christian emperor and to the publication of a document that was called "Edict of Milan", was originally published in Serbian by the Brotherhood of St. Simeon the Myrrh-gusher, Vrnjci 2013. “The Edict of Milan” is calling on civil authorities everywhere to respect the right of believers to worship freely and to express their faith publicly.

The publication of this beautiful pocket-size, full-color, English-language book, has been compiled and designed by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologian Archimandrite Justin Popovich. Bishop Athanasius' thought combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant faith, knowledge of history, and a profound experience of Christ in the Church.

In the conclusion of the book, the author states:"The era of St. Constantine and his mother St. Helena, marks the beginning of what history refers to as Roman, Christian Empire, which was named Byzantium only in recent times in the West. In fact, this was the conception of a Christian Europe. Christian Byzantine culture had a critical effect on Europe; Europe was its heir, and then consciously forgot it. Europe inherited many Byzantine treasures, but unfortunately, also robbed and plundered many others for its own treasuries and museums – not only during the Crusades, but during colonial rule in the Byzantine lands as well. We, the Orthodox Slavs, received a great heritage of the Orthodox Christian East from Byzantium. Primarily, Christ’s Gospel, His faith and His Church, and then, among other things, the Cyrillic alphabet, too."