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

Hilandar Project Circle of 100

Only six short months ago, with the blessing and support of His Grace Bishop Maxim, our Circle of 100 Chairperson, Ronald Radakovich and his wife Mickey, began an ambitious diocesan fundraising campaign to raise 300,000 USD for the rebuilding of our Holy Monastery Hilandar on Mount Athos. Their vision motivated and enabled them to inspire 100 individuals/families to become benefactors, donating 1,000 USD a year for three years.


Today, on Saturday, March 31, 2012, we can pause and reflect on what has been accomplished. A Circle of 100 Benefactors have answered a call to embark on a three year journey together to preserve our sacred heritage and significantly contribute, prayerfully and monetarily, to the reconstruction and restoration of our Holy Monastary Hilandar founded in 1198 by the first Archbishop of Serbia, Saint Sava, and his father, Saint Simeon, on Mount Athos.

We express our gratitude to all of our Benefactors for the generous support they have shown for the Rebuilding of Monastery Hilandar which has suffered damage time and time again as a result of conquering plundering earthquakes and fires.

If you would like to join this special group of people in their efforts to raise funds to help rebuild our Holy Monastery Hilandar, please click here.


As of April 27, 2012 - 102 Benefactors

Malena Adzich
Robert & Kathy Adzich

Father James, Popadija Nina & Dimitri Barfield
Subdeacon Steven Begovich + In Memoriam Michael Begovich
Dragisa, Shari, Nikola, Katarina Blagojevic
Eli & Mary Bogdanovic
Don & Jasmina Boulanger
Gene & Nelda Bowan
Zorka Bozic
Radmilo & Roula Bozinovic
Diana Cucuk-Brkic
Burge Family
Steve & Laura Burge

George & Jeri Chalich
Don & Maxine Chuck
Milo & Dolores Colich
Gavrilo Cucuk
Father Vasilije & Protinica Sretenka Cvijanovic
Family Cvjetkovic - Milena, Pavo, Bosiljka, Zoran, Veliborka, David & Sophia

Steven Davidovich
William & Alicia Davidovich
Vitko, Snjezana, Sandra & Sara Dekic
Zoran Dimitrijevic
Ratko Djekich
Peter Djokovich
Neno & Tamara Djordjevic
Miroslav & Marie Djordjevich
Sveta & Mira Djuric
Milorad & Ljiljana Dragovic
Stevo & Ana Ducic and Vladan & Olga Bataveljic  + In Memoriam Marko & Bozana Duchich
Tom C. Dyke
Slobodan & Margaret Galeb
Father Miladin Garich
Igor & Miriam Gavrilkin
Brian & Marilyn Gerich
Vuk & Nina Glavas
John & Valerie Glover
Mico & Teresa Golubovich
Dragoslav Grbovic & Jelena-Pjesivac Grbovic

John & Jan Ivankovich

Zvezde Jakovleski & Sredoje Jontulovich
Dragan & Angelia Jovanovic
Sasa Jovic
Father Slobodan & Protinica Djurdjina Jovic
Dusko Jovicic

Pauline Komnenich
Don & Bitsy Kosovac
Krakovic Family
Donald & Marlene Kral
Paul & Barbara Kral
Vukasin Krtolica + In Memoriam Radmila Krtolica
Peter Kujachich

Konstantin Lobodovsky + In Memoriam
Predrag Lubura

Rade & Milosava Malkovich + In Memoriam Borka Malkovich
Mercia & Milan Martich
Coco Martinovich
George Martinovich
His Grace Bishop Maxim
Djoko Micanovich
Donna Michael
Ilija & Branka Mitic
Vaso Mitrovic

Perry Narancic & Jasenka Narancic Rakas

Krsto & Jovan Pejovich and Nikola Kordich + In Memoriam John & Nev Kordich & Steven Lloyd
Dejan, Ksenija & Stefan Perkovic

Father Velimir & Protinica Ljubinka Petakovich
Vasko & Vaska Petrovich

Vido & Andja Petrovic & Sanja & Vanja
Marie Pincu
Mita Postich
Savo Price + In Memoriam - Price Family

Dragan & Ljubinka Rabrenovich
George & Elizabeth Radakovich
Mike Radakovich
Ron & Mickey Radakovich
Steve Radakovich
Roy & Buffy Ratkovich
Mac & Mileva Rogish + In Memoriam
Steve & Irene Ruzich + In Memoriam

Zelen Savich & Eliza Dixon
George & Angie Sekulich
Ivanka & Milica Stefanovic
Petar Stojadinovic
Vlada Subotic & Family: Jasna,Luka,Nikola

Misa & Debra Tasich
Zlatko & Kimberly Teodorovic
Jovan Tica
Nikola & Dragica Todorovich
Very Rev. Stavrohphor Janko Trbovich-In Honor
Father Steve & Protinica Betsy Tumbas

Ljubomir & Jeanne Velickovic
Milorad & Vladanka Vladic & Family
Professor Jasmina Vujic
Will & Pat Vujovich
George Vukasin Family
Nenad & Jelena Vukicevic

Father William & Protinica MaryAnn Weir
Bill & Ljubica Welden

First Serbian Benevolent Society
Zora Lodge Serb National Federation + In Memoriam of our departed members

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Charles Simic

Charles Simic (born May 9th, 1938) is an American poet. He was born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia (now Republic of Serbia), his childhood was very traumatic, as in the WWII Nazi and Allied bombers ravaged his homeland. Simic emigrated to the USA in 1953 to rejoin his father, who was living in New York City. They moved to Chicago shortly after his arrival. Simic first started to write poetry in high school, when he realized "that one of my friends was attracting the best-looking girls by writing them sappy love poems".

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The Prologue of Ohrid

St Nikolai of Zica (Velimirovic) (1880-1956) has been called the "Serbian Chrysostom" for his theological depth and golden-tongued eloquence. Now for the first time, a complete and unabridged English translation of St. Nikolai's Prologue of Ohrid has been made available. St. Nikolai's Prologue has become a much-loved spiritual classic for Orthodox Christians worldwide. An inspirational source-book of the Orthodox Faith, it contains within its pages a summation of the Church's wisdom and Her experience of sanctity through the Grace of Jesus Christ. Lives of Saints, Hymns, Reflections and Homilies are presented for every day of the year. St. Nikolai's beautiful Hymns have never before appeared in English.

The text of this 1,450-page magnum opus of St. Nikolai has been translated from the Serbian and edited by clergy and monastics of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America.

In two volumes, hardbound, with full-color dust jackets.
New 2nd Edition 2008
Volume I: January to June, 650 pages (ISBN 0-9719505-0-4)
Volume II: July to December, 704 pages (ISBN 0-9719505-1-2)