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

Bishop Danilo (Krstić)

Born on May 13, 1927 in Novi Sad, Danilo studied law in Belgrade, and graduated from Sorbonne in literature in 1952. From 1954 to 1958 he studied theology at the Saint Sergius’ Academy in Paris. While studying in Paris, he became acquainted with Bishop John of Shanghai, and he underwent a spiritual renewal. His doctoral thesis On Divine Philanthropy: From Plato to John Chrysostom, he completed under Fr George Florovsky at Harvard in 1968 (under the title: St. John Chrysostom as the Theologian of Divine Philanthropy; reprinted in Theologia, Athens, 1983).

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Bishop Danilo’s writings, his personal journey, the nuanced theological notions which he attempted to formulate to his disciples and the faithful, testify to an intense theological vision. He took monastic vows in 1960 in St Sava Monastery in Libertyville, IL, and become a priest in 1962. Bishop Danilo was able to magnetically draw his interlocutors into the profundities of his theology.

In 1969 the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church appointed him the vicar bishop of the Serbian Patriarch, his official title being the Bishop of Moravice. While being in Belgrade as the vicar bishop of the Serbian Patriarch, he used to incite—mostly by his tremendous erudition and pastoral words—great interest of young intellectuals, especially the students of the University of Belgrade, for the word of God and Christ’s Gospel. From 1984 he was the administrator of the Diocese of Budim, and from 1988 he was appointed the hierarch of the Diocese of Budim, being enthroned in 1990 (in a Diocese that had no bishop for over thirty years).

Numerous theological and literary works of Bishop Danilo are dispersed in many publications, magazines and books, published both in his country and abroad. It is noteworthy that he taught Pastoral theology at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade (from 1993 to 1997) and was one of the founders and the first dean of the Academy of the Serbian Orthodox Church for Arts and Conservation. For twenty years (1971–1991) he was an editor-in-chief of the quarterly Theological Views, published in Serbian (with summaries in English) by the Patriarchate in Belgrade. With Metropolitan Amfilohije he published in 1988 a small catechism Nema lepše vere od hrišćanske (There is no more beautiful Faith than the Christian; in French: Rien n'est plus beau que la foi chrétienne, Paris 2007), while in 1996 a collection of his essays was printed under the title U početku beše Smisao (In the Beginning was Meaning; translated into Russian in 2010). In 1973 he prepared a very popular Serbian edition of The Illustrated Bible for the Youth (Ilustrovana Biblija za mlade).

Bishop Danilo entered into the Kingdom of Heaven on Saturday, April 20, 2002, during the fifth week of Great Lent, in Szentendre.


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Bogdan Denitch

Bogdan Denitch (born August 9, 1929) is an American sociologist of Yugoslav origin who is an emeritus professor at the City University of New York (CUNY). He is a leading authority on the political sociology of the former Yugoslavia. Active in democratic left politics, Denitch is an honorary chairman of the Democratic Socialists of America, and has served as its representative to the Socialist International. From 1983 through 2004 he organized the annual Socialist Scholars Conference in New York. Since the 1990s he has been an advocate for human rights and an opponent of nationalism in the former Yugoslavia.

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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."