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

His Grace Bishop Georgije

His Grace Bishop Georgije (Djokic) was born in G. Crnjelovo near Bijeljina, Republika Srpska, in 1949 on the feastday of St. George the Great Martyr. Besides his pious parents, father hadzi-Krsta and mother Krunija, he also has a brother Konstantin, bishop of Central Europe; Ljubomir, a priest in Vrsanima, near Bijeljina and sister Nadezda, a sister at the Tavna Monastery.

In 1962 he left for the Tavna Monastery and continued his preparation for serving God at the Ozren, Kosijerevo, Transfiguration (Ovcar Banja), Savina and Studenica monasteries.

In Monastery Ostrog he finished the monastic school (the first post-war generation). He was tonsured at Ozren Monastery on February 11, 1971. .

On the twelvth of February, on the feastday of the Holy Three Hieararchs, he was ordained into the deaconate and on the feastday of the Presentation of the Lord, 15 February, he was ordained as heiromonk. Bishop Longin appointed him as spiritual father of the Tavna Monastery, from where he finishes Seminary (St. Arsenius) in Sremski Karlovci and the Theological Faculty in Belgrade. His postgraduate studies he continued at Loughborough University in England.

He was elected bishop on May 16, 1984. He was consecrated on July 8, 1984 at the Cathedral Church in Belgrade by Serbian Patriarch German of blessed memory, Bishop Miltun of Timok and Bishop Vasilije of Zvornik-Tuzla.

In the newly-formed diocese of Canada numerous churches have been consecrated under his leadership, along with the first monastery in Canada. He founded the Federation of the Circle of Serbian Sisters, brought many priests, founded the "ISTOCNIK" diocesan magazine as well as many other publishing endeavors, he founded the Library of the Holy Transfiguration of our Lord.

He tirelessly works at overcoming the schism and its affects on the Serbian church and is in charge of a number of actions for the assistance of Serbs in the Fatherland as well as enlighting the public media on the truth about the war in the former Yugoslavia and the sufferings of the Serbian people. He workеd at overcoming the schism and its affects on the Serbian Church and was in charge of a number of actions for the assistance of Serbs in the Fatherland. Georgije (Djokic) has been relieved of his duties by the Holy Synod of the Serbian Orthodox Church on May 25, 2015.


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Danilo Mandić

Danilo Mandić is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology. Mandić was born and raised in Belgrade, Serbia and received his BA from Princeton.

Research Interests: Comparative historical sociology; nationalism; post-Communist transitions; Balkan history; US foreign policy and social theory.

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Western American Diocese - Annual 2013

2013 marked several momentous occasions: 50 years of the founding of the Western American Diocese, 150 years of the birth of Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich, Holy Apostle to the Americas, 1700 years of the Edict of Milan, and a special tribute to Nikola Tesla! Our main focus during this three-day Jubilee Celebration was on the freedom to pursue our faith since the time of Constantine 1700 years ago and how to better live a spiritual life.

As a special tribute, a beautiful commemorative edition of the Annual was prepared, which reflects the History of the Western American Diocese! It is adorned with beautiful photographs and historical articles from our parishes and monateries! It also showcases the wonderful work that has been done over the past year throughout our Diocese and information about our many ongoing ministries. This publicaton also includes a Directory of Parishes.

There are two version of this publication available. Our Hardcover version sells for $15. Our Softcover version sells for $10 and includes Ads & Greetings from families and businesses throughout our Diocese.