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

Michael (Miroslav) Djordjevich

Michael (Miroslav) Djordjevich, from San Rafael California, was one of the patrons of today’s Serbian Philanthropy in the United States. Mr. Djordjevich founded Capital Guaranty Corporation, one of the first companies in the US to insure municipal bonds, ensuring $18 billion in financing for various infrastructure projects in America, which company he took public on the NY Stock Exchange in 1993, and subsequently sold his stake to devote himself full time to Serbian philanthropy.

He was the founder and director of the Serbian Unity Congress (founded in 1991) which became an international non-profit organization with hundreds of thousands of members giving invaluable aid to Serbs in the former Yugoslavia during the tumultuous times of its break up, war, and new post war beginning, as well as organizing our people to educate governments, politicians and journalists about that war, our culture, history and people.

He founded the Studenica Foundation (1993), with three other families in the US, which continues to give scholarships to Serbian university students in every field, and which has given thousands of such scholarships (about 300 for study in the US), in the hope that such young intellectuals would rebuild Serbia and the region and continue to contribute to its future prosperity.

After the war ended in the former Yugoslavia, Mr. Djordjevich also founded and was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Bank of Southeast Europe International, Inc. and rebuilt Razvojna Banka in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina post war. With little or no international aid going to Serbs post war, the banks, giving small business loans to private Serbian businesses and farmers (to buy tractors, seeds, fertilizers etc.) were critical for Serbs to rebuild their war torn regions. I believe that without this critical assistance there would have been an even greater mass exodus of Serbs out of Bosnia and even the very existence of Republika Srpska would have been in peril.

Post war, after the fall of the then government, Mr. Djordjevich also initiated and organized the Sentandrea Sabor in Hungary, bringing together the new Serbian government, diaspora experts, the crown, and representatives of various Serbian parties to unite and plan the rebuilding of Serbia. At his helm, even a list of 1500 diaspora professors at prestigious universities was created for the Serbian government, as well as lists of other experts.

Mr. Djordjevich is the recipient of the Medal of Nemanja (II Degree); Medal of Yugoslav Flag (II Degree).

Who’s Who Worldwide Lifetime Achievement Award; Americanism Medal from the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists and served on the on the Statue of Liberty Ellis Island Centennial Commission.

He is the author of several published volumes of poetry and a two volume book “Decenija Iluzije” about the work of the diaspora during the war and mistakes made by the US, Serbia and Diaspora Serbs during that decade, so that we do not repeat history.

He has been a Member of the Serbian Orthodox Church St. John the Baptist (since 1956) in San Francisco, California.

Most importantly, Mr. Djordjevich has served as a role model and inspiration to “younger” generations of Serbs in the diaspora to become involved and help our former countrymen, as well as those in the diaspora, both to prosper and not forget our roots.

Michael Djordjevic passed away on May 8, 2023.



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Metropolitan Irinej (Kovačević)


Milan Kovačević was born to Sreten and Kristine Kovačević on 6 September, 1914, in the village Vrnčani near Gornji Milanovac in the Kingdom of Serbia. Milan completed primary school in his village, and high school in Gornji Milanovac. After completing the course at the Teachers High School, he served as a teacher in the village Ljutovnica near Gornji Milanovac.

In 1941, during World War II, because he was at that time an army reserve officer, he was taken by the Nazis to a camp in Germany, where he remained until 1945. After the liberation, Milan went to England, where he temporarily attended a seminary in Dorchester.

In 1950, he emigrated to the USA, and he enrolled in the Saint Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in New York, and also in Columbia University.

In October, 1953, Milan entered the Serbian Orthodox Monastery of Saint Sava in Libertyville, Illinois. On 30 December, 1953, he was tonsured to be a monk by Archimandrite Firmilian (Ocokoljić), and he was given the name Irinej. On 31 December, 1953, the Monk Irinej was ordained to the Holy Diaconate in the monastery by Bishop Dionisije, while on April, 1954, the Hierodeacon Irinej was ordained to the priesthood in the monastery by Bishop Dionisije. On 31 August, 1956, the Hieromonk Irinej was elevated to the dignity of igumen (abbot).

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The Only Begotten and Firstborn among Many Brethren

by Bishop Athanasius Yevtich

In Emmanuel, the second anthology of Bishop Athanasius' articles to appear in English, His Grace explores themes of Orthodox Christology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology, and Gnoseology. How can we know Who God is? How can we know who we are, as human persons created in His image and likeness? How can we become one with Him? Bishop Athanasius examines these and other foundational questions in depth in this volume, drawing from a wealth of Scriptural and patristic sources. In discussing diverse theological subjects, he always returns to his overarching theme: the communion that man can have with God through Jesus Christ the God-man, within Christ's Church and above all in the Holy Eucharist. His exquisite and unique way of engaging the reader in mutual dialogue, with the living Eucharistic experience permeating his every thought, instills in the reader a burning desire for that communion.

Contemporary Christian Thought Series, No. 3 - First Edition
229 pages
ISBN 978-0-9719505-4-2