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

Nikola Moravčević

Nikola Moravčević (Cyrillic: Никола Моравчевић) is a University Professor, Critic and academic writer. He was born in Zagreb, (Yugoslavia) in a family of Serbian officer of Yugoslav Royal Army on December 10, 1935.

After he completed undergraduate studies at the Academy for Theatre Arts at the University of Belgrade in 1955, he moved to the United States. After three years of service in the U.S. Army, he continued his Graduate studies, obtaining a magisterial degree in Theatrical Directing from the School of Theatre Arts at the Art Institute of Chicago in 1961, and in 1964 a doctoral degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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He subsequently taught at Stevens College in Missouri as an Assistant professor (1964–66) and at the University of Illinois at Chicago as an Assistant professor (1966–68), an Associate professor (1968–71) and full Professor (1971–2002). At UIC he also held several administrative positions. In 1968, he founded the Slavic Department and served as its Head for thirteen years (until 1981). From 1981 to 1988, he served as the University's Vice-Chancellor and Director of campus development.

His scholarly work includes over two hundred essays and critical reviews in the spheres of Russian, French and Serbian Literatures, published in various collections of essays, several leading encyclopedias and a wide array of scholarly journals in the United States and Canada. The periodicals which have most of his scholarly contributions are: Comparative Literature, Slavic and East European Journal, Drama Critique, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Drama Survey, Comparative Drama, Russian Literature, L'Europe du Sud-Est, Comparative Literature Studies, Russian Language Journal, Bucknell Review, The New Review, Journal of Baltic Studies, Books Abroad-World Literature Today, The South Slav Journal, Serbian Studies and Slavic Review.

His first notable creative literary endeavor is a historical novel Albion, Albion, published in Belgrade, Serbia, in the fall of 1994. This work was chosen as one of the ten best novels written in Serbian language during that year, and remained on the list of national best-sellers throughout 1995. Moravčević also received, in the summer of 1998, the Rastko Petrović Literary Award for the best Serbian novel written in Diaspora. The novel was reprinted in 1998 by the publishing house S. Masic, and in 2006 by Stubovi kulture. In 2009 publishing house "Arhipelag" from Belgrade published the English version of this novel.

Dr. Moravcevic is a member of several American and international scholarly associations and an honorary Doctor of Letters at the Wrocław University in Poland (1980). From 1980 to 1994, he served as the Chief Editor of the only scholarly journal in America dedicated to the Serbian culture, Serbian Studies. Since 1990, professor Moravcevich has been a member of the Crown Council of the Serbian Crown Prince Aleksandar Karađorđevic and is a bearer of the Serbian decoration of White Eagle with the great cross (first degree).

Dr. Moravcevic is married to Dr. Jelena Bankovic and they live in Chicago.

Bibliography

  • In 2003, the publishing house Prosveta in Belgrade, Serbia, published his second historical novel, Light of The West – Lux Occidentalis.
  • In 2005, the publishing house Stubovi kulture in Belgrade, Serbia, published in English his Selected Essays on Serbian and Russian Literatures and History.
  • In 2007, the publishing house Arhipelag in Belgrade, Serbia, published his third historical novel, Knight in the Time of Evil.
  • In 2008, the publishing house Arhipelag in Belgrade, Serbia, published his fourth historical novel in English, A Brandenburg Concerto.
  • In 2009, the publishing house Arhipelag in Belgrade, Serbia, published a Serbian translation of his historical novel in English "A Brandenburg Concerto".
  • In 2009, the publishing house Arhipelag in Belgrade, Serbia, published his fifth historical novel "A Time of Resurrection".
  • In 2010, the publishing house Arhipelag in Belgrade, Serbia, published his sixth historical novel "Trusting Vienna".
  • In 2011, the publishing house Arhipelag in Belgrade, Serbia, published his seventh historical novel "The Last Despot".

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Bishop Firmilijan (Ocokoljić)

(1963–1992)

Te Right Reverend Dr. Firmilian, Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Midwestern America, was born on the Feast of the Nativity of Christ, according to the Julian Calendar, on the 7th of January 1910. Born into a clerical family in Kaona, Serbia, he was the son of many generations of priests, specifically, born in the family of the protopresbyter Uros Ocokoljich and his mother, Darinka, nee Plazinic, also the daughter of a priest. To the delight of this family, the parents were blessed with the birth of twins, named at baptism, Stanko (later, Firmilian) and Ranko. Stanko was the tenth child.

Having completed his elementary (in the place of his birth) and secondary education (Gymnasium, High School, in Čačak,) young Stanko was admitted into the Orthodox Seminary in Sarajevo, Bosnia, from where he graduated in the year 1930. After having served the Armed Forces of his country, Stanko was married to Nadežda Popović. Following their marriage, Stanko was ordained to the diaconate and then to the priesthood, being assigned as assistant to his father, protopresbyter Uroš, in the Village of Kaona. He was ordained to priesthood in 1930 by Bishop Jefrem Bojović, brother of well-known Vojvoda Petar Bojović. Tragically, within the first year of his marriage, Father Stanko lost both his wife and son, during childbirth.

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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.