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 Jovan (Mladenović)

(1994–2002)

The Divine provision brought the spiritual father of the Monastery Studenica, Bishop Jovan, to continue the work left by the equally most esteemed and humblest spiritual father of the Monastery Hilandar, Bishop Chrysostom.

As an accomplished monastic with the spiritual wealth he attained in the Studenica Monastery, he enriched his flock and clergy. Very soon he gained respect and confidence of his clergy and the faithful.

Bishop Jovan was born in 1950 of father Radojko and mother Stana Mladenović in the village of Dobrace, near Arilje, Serbia. He finished elementary school in his village. At the age of twelve, he went to the Klisura Monasteiy where he remained for one year and then went to the Studenica Monastery. He attended the monastic school in the Ostrog Monastery from 1967 until 1969. He was ordained a hierodeacon in the Studenica Monastery on April 25, 1971. He retained his baptized name of Jovan. Rt. Rev. Vasilije, Bishop of Žiča ordained him as hieromonk in 1973. He graduated from St. Sava Seminary in Belgrade in 1974 and from Theologcial College in Belgrade in 1980.

In 1986 he was elevated to a protosyngelos and in 1989 to an archimandrite.

He was appointed Abbot of the Monastery Studenica on July 26, 1981. He remained at that position until 1993, when he was elected a titular Bishop of Tetovo, vicar to His Holiness, and charged with administering Serbian Orthodox Dioceses in the former Yugoslav Republic Macedonia. At its regular session in May 1994 the Holy Bishops’ Assembly elected Bishop Jovan as a Bishop of the Western Diocese. He was installed to the See of the Western American Diocese Bishops in the Cathedral of St. Stevan in Alhambra, California by His Holiness Patriarch Pavle on September 18, 1994.

In 2000, two missions, two monasteries, and two sketes have been received under Bishop Jovan’s omophorion (in California St. Herman monastery, St. Xenia skete, St. Andrew mission in Redding, St. John mission in Oregon, St. Paisius monastery in Arizona, and two skeres in Alaska.) Most of the people in these missions and monasteries are American converts to Orthodoxy.


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Џон Фротингам

Џон Фротингам (John Frothingham, Бруклин, 1879 — 1935) био је амерички правник, индустријалац, савременик и учесник Великог рата и велики љубитељ музике преко које дознао за судбини словенских народа у рату, коме је помогао прикупљањем деце – ратне сирочади и оснивањам четири Американска васпитна дома за ратну сирочад и напуштену децу. Носилац је Карађорђеве звезде са мачевима и Краљевског ордена Белог орла.

Рођен је у Бруклину, у богатој и угледној породици из које потиче и један од највећих америчких сликара Џејмс Фротингам. Завршио је француски језик, свирао клавир и бавио се компоновањем. После дипломирања, музика га је одвоела у Беч, Минхен и Праг са циљем да усаврши технику свирања.

Са Србима, чији ће велики добротвор постати у Великом рату, дошао је у контакт преко исељеничких друштава која су свирала балканску етно музику у САД. Као заљубљеника балканске музике, несрећа Србије у Великом рату, у лето 1914. године погодила га је толико да је у више наврата донирао медицински материјал и новац за ратом захваћену земљу.

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The Meaning of Reality

Essays on Existence and Communion, Eros and History

by Christos Yannaras

The collection of articles traces the thought of Christos Yanaras through his long journey in discovering the meaning of existence, communion, eros, and history. It is a cause of immense joy that no fewer than twenty articles of passionate significance and substance have at present been gathered together in this volume under the title The Meaning of Reality.

Yannaras is undoubtedly one of the most significant thinkers of our time. Kallistos Ware once described him as "the most creative and prophetic religious thinker at work in Greece today," while Rowan Williams characterizes him as "one of the most significant Christian philosophers in Europe." His very wide and no less deep education helps him to develop an inimitable blend of philosophy, theology, and social criticism, and to speak in an original way about the traditional and contemporary issues of human existence, as well as the latest challenges of modern empirical science and political engagement. A detailed knowledge of the writings of the Holy Fathers has always been his foundation amidst the labyrinth of modern thought - which is inimately bound up with psychoanalysis, environmental issues, human rights, postmodernism, and pluralism , to mention just a few. Insistence on the primacy, uniqueness, and eternal value of human personality prevails in almost all his works and inspires his own vigorous theological and ecumenical engagement, based on the Orthodox eucharistic and ascetic tradition.