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

Father Dusan Bunjevic

Fifty Years in the Priesthood
Father Dusan Bunjevic Honored

by Dawnell Vuko Lewis

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood, Father Dusan Bunjevic was honored at a luncheon on February 8, 2015, at St. Archangel Michael Serbian Orthodox Church in Saratoga, California.

Father Bunjevic served St. John the Baptist Cathedral in San Francisco from 1964 until his retirement in 1999, but to ensure ample space to the sold-out event, the luncheon was held at nearby St. Archangel Michael's.

The celebratory crowd included the Bunjevic family, many of father's parishioners, people from the several parishes of the San Francisco Bay Area, and especially a group from Indiana where Father Bunjevic had begun his long service to the church at Gary's St. Sava in 1960 and where he was ordained in 1964.

A hierarchal liturgy started the day with Bishop Maxim of the Western Diocese and all of the priests of the San Francisco Bay Area in attendance for this wonderful occasion. The parishioners from St. Archangel Michael - members of both the church and the Circle of Serbian Sisters, or Kolo - set the hall and provided a spectacular lunch to rival any 5-Star restaurant.

After the church services, appetizers were served during the social hour. The emcee of the event was Bill Davidovich.

After lunch Father Bunjevic was given many tokens of appreciation, including icons and a plaque thanking him for his service. Bishop Maxim, the local parishes, and the St. Sophia Sisterhood of San Francisco provided the beautiful icons. The First Serbian Benevolent Society gave him a plaque commemorating his 50 years of service to the Serbian community.

Bill Davidovich, with the help of Father Bunjevic's son Pavle, delivered an inspiring and informative speech. Father Bunjevic himself gave the final speech on the program and, in a most touching moment, thanked his wife, Protinica Ljiljana, for helping him on this 50-year Journey.

Even those who have known him well gained a deeper insight and appreciation of his service to the Church and the Serbian people after hearing the details of Father's life highlighted in the program.

Father Dusan was born in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, on April 25, 1928. He was the only son of Pavle and Zora (nee Tomic) Bunjevic.

His father was a civil engineer, and young Dusan spent most of his youth growing up in Nis, Belgrade, Dubrovnik, and Mostar. For his beliefs, not popular with the Yugoslav regime, he spent four years in jail. Afterwards he graduated from secondary school, the VI Belgrade Gymnasium. in 1951.

From 1951 to 1954, Dusan Bunjevic studied Theology and Philosophy at the University of Belgrade. After finishing, he defected to Greece as a political refugee. There he received a two-year scholarship to Saint Serge Theological Seminary in Paris.

In 1956, with a Certificate of Divinity in hand, he landed in Chicago. Two years later, on February 2nd, he married the beautiful, kind, generous, and multitalented Ljiljana Selakovic.

His first assignment came four years later, in 1960, at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Gary, Indiana. He was appointed Superintendent of the Sunday School and the Serbian School of the parish. That same year Dusan Bunjevic's mother, "Mama Zora," came to live with him and his family and remained with them until her death in 1994.

In Jackson, California, on July 4, 1964, Dusan Bunjevic was ordained a deacon. On August 9, 1964, Deacon Dusan Bunjevic was ordained a priest at St. Sava's in Gary. The next month, on September 4, 1964, Bishop Irinej appointed him parish priest of St. John the Baptist Serbian Orthodox Church in San Francisco.

In 1961, Father was elevated to the rank ofVery Reverend and, in 1978, to Vicar General of the Westem Region of the New Gracanica Metropolitanate. In 1994, Father Bunjevic was raised to the rank of Stavrofor, the highest rank in the Serbian Orthodox Church for a married priest. Upon reconciliation of the Serbian Orthodox Church, he was appointed Vicar General for the San Francisco Deanery of the Western American Diocese.

After 35 years of dedicated service, Father Dusan retired from St. John the Baptist Church in November of 1999. But his religious duties did not end.

Even though he probably looked forward to retirement, shortly thereafter, Father Dusan was appointed administrator of St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Oakland, Califomia.

Since his arrival in California fifty years ago - and to this day - Father Dusan Bunjevic has been instrumental in the administration of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church Camp in Jackson, California. Under his leadership, the campers have made life-long friendships, and many married couples first met at summer camp in Jackson.

During the camp sessions, Father Dusan was able to instill in the children a love for and an understanding of the importance of the Serbian Orthodox faith and of their shared Serbian history, culture, and language. He is now seeing the fruits of his labor in the third generation of campers who, each summer, anxiously await the start of camp based on the foundation laid by Father Dusan.

Father Bunjevic, in addition to his formal education abroad, also holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and a Master of Arts Degree in History from the University of San Francisco.

Father Bunjevic's proud family - Protinica Ljiljana; sons Dejan and Pavle; daughters-in-law Danica and Vera; and grandchildren Jovan, Dusan, Sanja, and Vladan - attended the luncheon and enjoyed this very special occasion.

Special thanks to Bill Davidovich and Paul Bunjevic

"Serb World", March/April 2015


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Bishop Sava (Vuković)

(1967–1977)

Bishop Sava was born on April 13, 1930 in Senta. After graduating from secondary school he completed the St. Sava Seminary in Belgrade in 1950 and the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of the University of Belgrade in 1954. He did his postgraduate studies at the Old Catholic University in Bern, Switzerland. He obtained a Doctor of Divinity degree at the Faculty of Theology in Belgrade. His dissertation topic was “Typicon of the Archbishop Nikodim.”

He was professor at St. Sava Seminary in Belgrade prior to his election as a bishop. He received monastic vows at the Monastery “Vavedenje” (Entry of the Theotokos) in Belgrade on December 3, 1959. The monastic name he received was Sava. He was ordained hierodeacon on December 4, 1959. On June 3, 1961 he was ordained hieromonk. The Holy Bishops’ Assembly of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected him bishop on May 20, 1961 with title “vicar bishop of Moravica.” He was consecrated bishop on July 23, 1961 in the Patriarchal Cathedral in Belgrade by Patriarch German. Bishop Sava held the following positions: Professor of liturgies at the Theological College, member of the Orthodox Commission for Pan Orthodox Council, and representative of the Serbian Church for inter-confessional dialogues. The Bishops’ Assembly elected Bishop Dr. Sava on June 1, 1967 for a Bishop of the Eastern American and Canadian Diocese. He occupied this position until May 1977 when he was elected as Bishop of the diocese of Šumadija.

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God Views Us Through Love

by Ignatije (Midic), bishop of Branicevo-Pozarevac

The present volume collects essays and articles written by Bishop Ignatije on man within history and within the Church; on the roots of the Church according to Saint Maximus the Confessor; on how God views us through love; about a call to rediscover our true self in our neighbor; on reconciliation in society and policy; on iconising that which is to come seen in the Iconography of Stamatis Skliris.