Monroeville, PA - The St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville, Pennsylvania celebrates the Feast of the Translation of the Relics of St. Nicholas as the parish Slava.
Each year on May 22, the parish celebrates, remembers and gives honor to St. Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra in Lycia. God has blessed the St. Nicholas Church for more than a century.
This year the Slava celebration was on a Sunday. Very Reverend Stavrophor Dragoljub Malich officiated at the Divine Liturgy, blessing of the Slava Kolac’ and Koljivo. Janice Smargie directed the St. Nicholas Choir singing the responses.
Dan and Linda Jovanovich were the honored Kum and Kuma. The Slava dinner was held in the parish hall. Djuro Klipa served as the Master of Ceremonies.
Graduating high school seniors were recognized and honored.
Parish Executive Board President Dusan Evanovich addressed the parishioners in addition to Proto Dragoljub Malich. Father Rodney Torbic brought greetings from St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania and Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission in Fairmont, West Virginia.
The Slava dinner was very well attended. Kum Dan and Kuma Linda Jovanovich offered inspiring remarks about the deep love of St. Nicholas Church that permeates their family.
DeeDee Baskot, Vice-President of the Eastern Diocese Kolo Federation serving with President Millie Radovick was recognized among the number of guests in attendance.
Djuro Klipa named the accomplishments of the graduating seniors and their strong connection with St. Nicholas Church. Each senior received an Orthodox Study Bible and book on Orthodox teachings.
Father Dragoljub Malich exhibited his abundant love for the parishioners in his remarks and identification of the many people in attendance. The healthy family atmosphere was clearly evident throughout the celebration.
The work and presence of James Springborn and his wife Martha was noted as well as others in the parish working faithfully. St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Monroeville, Pennsylvania is very well blessed by God.
Mr. Stevan Popovich and his wife Patricia stepped forward to be Kumovi for St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in 2017. Their stepping forward provides continuity.
Serbian Orthodox Christians around the world hold St. Nicholas the Wonderworker dear in their hearts. Father Malich and parishioners of St. Nicholas Church in Monroeville reveal the world-wide love and honor of St. Nicholas.
Article by Father Rodney Torbic