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

Vlade Divac

A first round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1989 NBA draft, Vlade Divac went on to become one of the first European players to have an impact on the NBA.

In 1985, Vlade Divac was one of 15 young boys from Slovenia, Bosna, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia and Macedonia that won the gold medal in the University Games. This would prove to be a basketball team that is considered among the best ever assembled. They went on to win a gold medal at the European Junior Championships in 1986, a gold medal at the FIB A World Junior Championships in Bormio, Italy in 1987 (defeating Team USA twice in that tournament), and a silver medal representing Yugoslavia at the 1988 Olympics.

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After being drafted by the Lakers in 1989, Divac went on to enjoy a 16 year tenure as one of the game's best centers. A highly popular figure on and off the court, he put together an impressive resume playing for the Lakers, the Charlotte Hornets and the Sacramento Kings.

He started his career by being named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team and he finished it having joined Hakeem Olajuwon and Kareem Abdul-Jabaar as the only players in NBA history to amass 13,000 points, 9,000 rebounds, 3,000 assists and 1,500 blocked shots.

Along the way he also managed to lead Yugoslavia's teams to a silver medal at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, gold medals at the 1990 and 2002 FIBA World Championships, and gold medals at the 1989, 1991 and 1995 European Championships.

In the early morning hours on September 16th, 2005 a truck driven by Divac arrived at an emergency response center hosted by St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church in Houston, Texas. The truck contained items collected by volunteers in Sacramento, various items such as paper plates, paper towels, toilet paper, baby diapers, wipes, baby formula, baby food, school supplies and toys; donations which would provide a little comfort and normalcy to children and families who had traveled far from their homes in search of safety.

But Vlade Divac was no ordinary volunteer. In conjunction with an organization he helped found, he put together the collection effort in Sacramento. That organization is Group Seven, a Children's Foundation that provides care for children who suffer from isolation, poverty and displacement. The founding members of Group 7 include: Vlade Divac, Predrag Danilovic, Aleksandar Djordjevic, Zarko Paspalj, Zeljko Rebraca, Dejan Bodiroga, and Zoran Savic. These athletes have joined together to offer care and comfort to children suffering from the isolation, poverty and displacement inherent to the break-up of Yugoslavia. 

He has also worked on projects for the International Orthodox Christian Charities, another organizer of the Sacramento volunteer efforts. He has helped the IOCC provide half a million dollars in humanitarian assistance to his homeland since 1997. For his years of distinguished service in support of the humanitarian mission of IOCC, he received their Good Samaritan Award.

Divac also created a fund through the St. John Foundation to help raise money for children affected by the war in Yugoslavia. 

He and his wife have four children, two of which are war orphans, from Bosnia and Kosovo.


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Stephen Stepanchev

Dr. Stephen Stepanchev has inspired several generations of writers who have taken his creative writing classes from 1949 to 1985 at Queens College.

As Professor Emeritus of English, he now spends his time writing and reading poems in public places all across the City, and all the more so with his title as the first Poet Laureate of the borough of Queens, an appellation assigned for the period of 1997 through the year 2000.

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The Church at Prayer

by Archimandrite Aimilianos of Simonopetra

Publisher’s note

Many readers of the addresses of Elder Aimilianos, which have been published in the five-volume series, rchimandrite Aimilianos, Spiritual Instructions and Discourses (Ormylia, 1998-2003), have frequently expressed the wish for an abridged and more accessible form of his teaching. In response, we are happy to inaugurate a new series of publications incorporating key texts from the above-mentioned collection. Other considerations have also contributed o this new project, such as the selection of specific texts which address important, contemporary questions; the need for a smaller, more reader-friendly publication format; and the necessity for editing certain passages in need of clarification, without however altering their basic meaning.

Above all, the works collected in this volume reflect the importance which the Elder consistently attached to prayer, spirituality, community life, worship, and liturgy. Thus the experientially based works "On Prayer", and "The Prayer of the Holy Mountain", which deal primarily with the Prayer of the Heart, appear first, followed by the summary addresses on "The Divine Liturgy", and "Our Church Attendance". These are in turn followed by the more socially oriented discourses on "Our Relations with Our Neighbor", and "Marriage: The Great Sacrament". Finally, the present volume closes with the sermons on "Spiritual Reading" and "The Spiritual Life", which in a simple and yet compelling manner set forth the conditions for "ascending to heaven on the wings of the Spirit".

It is our hope that The Church at Prayer will meet the purpose for which it is issued and will serve as a ready aid and support for those who desire God and eternal life in Him.