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THE SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
800 YEARS OF AUTOCEPHALY
1219-2019

INVITATION
TO THE
ANNUAL ASSEMBLY
OF THE GOD-PROTECTED DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA
FEBRUARY 22nd – 23rd, 2019
ST. NICHOLAS SERBIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
IN MONROEVILLE

 

“...[in] 2019, the year in which we will celebrate a great jubilee of our Church –
eight hundred years of receiving autocephaly...
the consecration of St. Sava as the first Serbian archbishop, and
the obtaining the independence of the Serbian Orthodox Church,
[which] took place in Nicaea in 1219 thanks to the love and
understanding of the Byzantine Emperor Theodore I Laskaris and
the then Patriarch Manuel I Charitopoulos Sarantenos.

 (2018 Nativity Encyclical of the Serbian Patriarch)

 

 

TO ALL CLERGY AND ORDAINED MONASTICS;
TO ALL CHURCH-SCHOOL CONGREGATION EXECUTIVE BOARDS;
TO ALL MISSION PARISH BOARDS AND MONASTERY ADMINISTRATIONS;
TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE DIOCESAN COUNCIL AND THEIR ALTERNATES;
TO ALL MEMBERS OF THE DIOCESAN AUDIT BOARD; AND
TO THE FEDERATION OF THE CIRCLES OF SERBIAN SISTERS
OF THE HOLY DIOCESE OF EASTERN AMERICA

Beloved Clergy and Faithful,

Joy and peace to you at the beginning of the wreath of this New Year of the Lord’s Grace!

On the basis of a decision of the Diocesan Council at its extraordinary meeting of August 04, 2018 and on the basis of the Constitution of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South AmericaArticle 21.3, We herein summon the ANNUAL DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY to its regular convocation from Friday, February 22nd to Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 at the St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church, 2110 Haymaker Road, Monroeville, PA 15146 (T) 412.856.8166, per the following schedule:

  • FRIDAY
 

February 22nd

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

 

 

Arrivals and Registration
Vespers and Invocation of the Holy Spirit
Dinner
Reports and First Working Session

  • SATURDAY
 

February 23rd

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM

 

 

Hierarchical Divine Liturgy
Continental Breakfast
Feature Film on the Life of St. Mardarije
Final Working Session and Departures

This year, given that the Annual Diocesan Assembly is dedicated to the 800th Anniversary of the Autocephaly of the Serbian Orthodox Church, a feature art film on the life of St. Mardarije will be presented instead of a thematic lecture.

ASSEMBLY MEMBERSHIP:  In accordance with the ConstitutionArticle 21.2, the Diocesan Assembly is comprised of: The Diocesan Bishop, the Diocesan Council and Auditing Board, all active and retired Priests, Ordained Monastics and Deacons, Presidents of Executive Boards of Church-School Congregations (or their alternates) and one Delegate elected at a Congregational Assembly, and two Delegates from the Diocesan Federation of the Circles of Serbian Sisters.

QUALIFICATIONS: An essential qualification for participation in the Assembly is that all said members of the Assembly must be in good standing with their local parish. As members of the Church, it is incumbent upon everyone presentto participate in the Invocation of the Holy Spirit and thereby prepare themselves to receive Holy Communion at the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy. (Clergy are asked to bring gold/white vestments.) Only by participating in the Life-giving Mysteries of our Church will we manifest ourselves as an Assembly, i.e. the sacred Community, the Holy People of God, true members of our Local Church, which is one in Christ.

STEWARDSHIP: In order to participate in the Assembly, every Church-School Congregation must also strive to meet its Annual Assessment and all other obligations towards its Diocese.

CREDENTIALS: Enclosed, please find a singularCredential Form for the Parish Priest, Executive Board President (or alternate) and Congregational Delegate. This form must be completed in advance of the Assembly so that it can be submitted upon arrival at the Registration Desk to the Credentials Committee for processing.

REPORTS: Under separate cover, in one envelope, three sets of Reports will be sent in care of your Parish Priest for the perusal of your representatives. Kindly bring these with you to the Assembly as no extra copies will be provided. A detailed Agenda will be provided at the Assembly.

AIRPORT INFORMATIONPittsburgh International Airport (PIT).

ACCOMMODATIONS:  Hotel rooms can be reserved at the following designated hotel:

HAMPTON INN-MONROEVILLE
3000 Mosside Blvd., Monroeville, PA15146
Phone:  412.380.4000Fax:  412.380.0185

 Group Room Reservation Arrangements are Available

 

Group Name: 2019 Diocesan Assembly Group Contact: Fr. George Veselinovic

Reservations must be received by 02.08.2019. Thereafter, reservations will be taken based on availability. Call the hotel or book through the online reservation page. Cancellation policy on individual reservations 24 hours prior to arrival. All room rates are subject to 14% local sales tax and occupancy taxes. Free parking.

 

Again, beloved, as the Assembly is first and foremost a SPIRITUAL GATHERING OF THE CLERGY AND FAITHFUL AROUND THEIR BISHOP, which, according to the words of St. Ignatius of Antioch, is an iconic likeness of the Kingdom of Heaven. You are kindly requested to prayerfully prepare for the common work of our Assembly, by communing with the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Thereafter, may we labor in love through the prayers of St. Nicholas of Myra in Lycea, Sts. Sava I of Serbia and Nicholai of Ochrid and Zhicha, St. Mardarije of Libertyville and Ven. Sebastian of Jackson and San Francisco, and the Holy Hieromartyr Varnava of Hvostna.

 

With Archpastoral Blessings and Paternal Love,

     + I R I N E J

BISHOP OF EASTERN AMERICA

 

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