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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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."