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

Nickola V. Todorovich

March 20, 1930 – September 29, 2021

He was a faithful, family man, who was proud of his Serbian roots, but also believed in and achieved the American Dream. Nickola was born on March 20, 1930 in Drazevac, Serbia, Yugoslavia. As a preteen he moved to Belgrade where he completed his education and graduated from the Geodetic College and then worked for the Yugoslavian, Republic Geodetic authority, in Serbia, for four years. In 1956 he accepted a job in Austria and worked for the Austrian Department of Geodetic Authority, for 6 months while he continued his quest to find his father who was missing in action since WWII. From Vienna, Nickola immigrated to the United States with the help and support of the Serbian National Defense Council.

Nickola lived in Chicago from 1956 to 1961 when he moved to Los Angeles. Upon his move to California, he was employed by the State of California Department of Transportation where he worked as a surveryor and then a Civil Engineer until his retirement in 1995. Nickola was passionate about his work; he continued working independently until the age of 80. In 1962, just three months before his plan to return to Serbia, he became a United States Citizen. Shortly thereafter he met Dragica Jaksic; they were married in October of the same year and raised two children. He was known for being a devoted husband and proud father who stressed the importance of education and hard work to his children. Nikola’s legacy includes volunteering and supporting the Serbian Orthodox Community in Los Angeles, building a church in Serbia and throughout his life opening his home and heart to support many friends and family here and abroad. His hobbies included chess, travel, reading and Serbian poetry. His travels included an Alaskan cruise with his grandchildren, China, S. Korea, Australia, New Zealand and a trip to Russia with a Volga river cruise. Additionally, following retirement he began smoking meat, and became an avid gardener. Nickola developed a reputation for his delicious tomatoes and Serbian Prosciutto. He was proud of his heritage and modelled values of the importance of knowing one’s roots, and learning and retaining many of the beautiful customs of the rich Serbian culture.

In 2014 Nickola was widowed. In 2019, at the age of 89 he remarried.

On September 29, 2021, Nickola V. Todorovich of West Covina, CA, age 91, fell asleep in the Lord after a short, but courageous fight with lung cancer. Nickola was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years Darlene Dragica Todorovich (2014), his brother Vitomir Todorovic (2014) and sister Nikolija ‘Ruza’ Todorovic (2008). He is survived by his daughter Gordana Todorovich Vukotich, son Alexander Todorovich, grandchildren Denis Vukotich, Natasha Todorovich and Nick Todorovich, and by his second wife Bojana Jovic.


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Krinka Vidaković-Petrov

Dr. Krinka Vidaković-Petrov - scholar, professor, translator and diplomat. PhD in Comparative Literature. Currently senior fellow (full professor) at the Institute of Literature and Art in Belgrade. Fields of interest: comparative literature and folklore, Balkan and Serbian studies, emigrant culture, Hispanic and Judaic studies, literary translation, Holocaust studies. Author of several books and numerous contributions in academic journals in Serbia and abroad. Served as ambassador of Serbia in Israel (2001-2006).

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Sailors of the Sky

A conversation with Fr. Stamatis Skliris and Fr. Marko Rupnik on contemporary Christian art

In these timely conversations led by Fr. Radovan Bigovic, many issues are introduced that enable the contemporary reader to deepen and expand his or her understanding of the role of art in the life of the Church. Here we find answers to questions on the crisis of contemporary ecclesiastical art in West and East; the impact of Impressionism, Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism and Abstract painting on contemporary ecclesiastical painting; and a consideration of the main distrinction between iconography and secular painting. The dialogue, while resolving some doubts about the difference between iconography, religious painting, and painting in general, reconciles the requirement to obey inconographic canons with the freedom essential to artistic creativity, demonstrating that obedience to the canons is not a threat to the vitatlity of iconography. Both artists illumine the role of prayer and ascetisicm in the art of iconography. They also mention curcial differences between iconography in the Orthodox Church and in Roman Catholicism. How important thse distinctions are when exploring the relationship between contemporary theology and art! In a time when postmodern "metaphysics' revitalizes every concept, these masters still believe that, to some extent, Post-Modernism adds to the revitatiztion of Christian art, stimulating questions about "artistic inspiration" and the essential asethetic categories of Christian painting. Their exceptionally wide, yet nonetheless deep, expertise assists their not-so-everday connections between theology, ar, and modern issues concerning society: "society" taken in its broader meaning as "civilization." Finally, the entire artistic project of Stamatis and Rupnik has important ecumenical implications that aswer a genuine longing for unity in the Christian word.

The text of this 94-page soft-bound book has been translated from the Serbian by Ivana Jakovljevic, Fr. Gregory Edwards, and Andrijana Krstic. Published by Sebastian Press, Western American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Contemporary Christian Thought Series, number 7, First Edition, ISBN: 978-0-9719505-8-0