[Archived News] Friday May 2, 2008


New York City, NY - The Twenty- First Annual Washington Deanery Christian Education Meeting was held at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in New York City on Bright Wednesday, April 30, 2008.

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN designated Reverend Father Zoran Radovic of St.George Serbian Orthodox Church, Elizabeth, New Jersey to be the feastured speaker.

His Grace officiated at the Paschal Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with attending clergy serving and singing responses.

Following the Divine Liturgy, Cathedral Dean Protopresbyter Djkokan Majstorovic expressed his pleasure in having His Grace and Brothers in Christ present for the meeting.

Protopresbyer Stavrofor Srboljub Jockovich gave welcoming remarks emphasizing Christian education in the Deanery.

Father Radovic's well-prepared presentation stimulated discussion particularly regarding contemporary issues facing parents and children. Challenges regarding use of the internet, television and reading practices drew considerable attention.

Parish reports reviewing Christian education in each parish were presented by attending clergy including clergy mentioned and Protopresbyter Stavrofor Toma Stojsich, Protopresbyter Aleksandar Vlajkovic, Protopresbyter Ivan Marjanovic, and Reverend Father Aleksa Micich. Protopresbyter
Stavrofor Pregrad Micich, Protopresbyter Dr.Rodney Torbic, Father Vladislav Radujkovic and Father Deacon Alex Pavichevich also participated in the meeting.

The Washington Deanery consists of the Pennsylvania parishes in Steelton, Lebanon and Philadelphia; the New Jersey parishes in Paterson and Elizabeth; the New York City parish and parishes in Boston, Massachusetts; Portland, Maine and Washington D.C.

His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN schedules and actively participates in the Deanery meetings for the Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Washington and St. Petersburg Deaneries every year. His Grace's consistent scheduling of the meetings and His participation is the strongest evidence of the importance of Christian education in the Diocese.

Deanery meetings have been held annually since 1987 in the Eastern American Diocese. Clergy and teachers in each Deanery are always invited to attend and participate.

The meetings provide an opportunity to learn from the speaker and for participants to share and learn from each other.

Father Rodney Torbic