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

Diocese of Western America

Diocesan Hierarch:
His Grace Bishop Dr. +MAXIM

Residence:
2541 Crestline Terrace
Alhambra, CA 91803

Office - 626-289-9061
Residence - 626-284-6825
Fax - 626-284-1484

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Website: www.westsrbdio.org
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Episcopal Deputy:
V. Rev. Stavrophor Velimir Petakovic
3335 Mary Lane
Escondido, CA 92025
760-489-5024

Episcopal Secretary:
Rev. Jovan Babic

DIOCESAN ECCLESIASTICAL COURT:

His Grace Bishop Maxim, President
V. Rev. Stavrophor Petar Jovanovic, Secretary
V. Rev. Stavrophor Velimir Petakovic, Member
V. Rev. Stavrophor Bozidar Draskovic, Member
V. Rev. Janko Trbovic, Alternate

DIOCESAN COUNCIL:

His Grace Bishop Maxim, President
V. Rev. Stavrophor Velimir Petakovic
V. Rev. Stavrophor Janko Trbovic
V. Rev. Stavrophor Petar Jovanovic
V. Rev. Nikola Ceko
Rev. Stephen Tumbas
V. Rev. Bratislav Krsic, Alternate
V. Rev. Milan Vukovic, Alternate
Ronald Radakovich, Vice President
Obren Gerich, Treasurer
Mimo Papich
Dr. Debra Tasic
Wayne Papac
Ilija Cvetich
Donald Kral, Alternate
Dennis Djajich, Alternate
Michael Jankovich, Diocesan Counselor

DIOCESAN ADMINISTRATIVE BOARD:

His Grace Bishop Maxim, President
V. Rev. Stavrophor Velimir Petakovich
V. Rev. Nikola Ceko
Ronald Radakovich
Obren Gerich
Wayne Papac

AUDIT BOARD:

Milan Cheyovich
Vojin Hadzi-Pavlovich
Jelena Vukmanovic

EPISCOPAL DEANS:

Los Angeles Deanery: V. Rev. Stavrophor Bozidar Draskovic
Jackson Deanery: V. Rev. Dane Popovich
Butte Deanery: V. Rev. Bratislav Krsic

 

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Svetlana Rakic

A native of former Yugoslavia, Dr. Svetlana Rakic earned her master’s degree in art history from the University of Belgrade, Serbia, and her doctorate in art history from Indiana University. She is the author of several books on Serbian Orthodox icons and the interrelatedness of modern art and religious thought. Most recently, she has published the book Art and Reality Now: Serbian Perspectives (New York: A. Pankovich Publishers, 2014).

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My Brother's Keeper

by Fr. Radovan Bigovic

Rare are the books of Orthodox Christian authors that deal with the subject of politics in a comprehensive way. It is taken for granted that politics has to do with the secularized (legal) protection of human rights (a reproduction of the philosophy of the Enlightenment), within the political system of so-called "representative democracy", which is limited mostly to social utility or to the conventional rules of human relations. Most Christians look at politics and democracy as unrelated with their experience of the Church herself, which abides both in history and in the Kingdom, the eschaton. Today, the commercialization of politics—its submission to the laws of publicity and the brainwashing of the masses—has literally abolished the "representative" parliamentary system. So, why bother with politics when every citizen of so-called developed societies has a direct everyday experience of the rapid decline and alienation of the fundamental aspects of modernity?

In the Orthodox milieu, Christos Yannaras has highlighted the conception of the social and political event that is borne by the Orthodox ecclesiastical tradition, which entails a personalistic (assumes an infinite value of the human person as opposed to Western utilitarian individualism) and relational approach. Fr Radovan Bigovic follows this approach. In this book, the reader will find a faithful engagement with the liturgical and patristic traditions, with contemporary thinkers, Orthodox and non-Orthodox, all in conversation with political science and philosophy. As an excellent Orthodox theologian and a proponent of dialogue, rooted in the catholic (holistic) being of the Orthodox Church and of his Serbian people, Fr Radovan offers a methodology that encompasses the above-mentioned concerns and quests.