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

Greeting from Archbishop Demetrios of America

July 29, 2015

God made the Saints in His Land worthy of admiration, in them He magnified all His will.
(Psalm 15/16:3)

Your Grace and Dear Brother, Bishop Maxim,

With great joy the world has received the wonderful news concerning the inclusion of the names of Bishop Mardarije of Libertyville and Archimandrite Sebastian of San Francisco and Jackson among the names of the Saints of the Orthodox Church. We glorify God for this blessing bestowed upon the Church, and in particular upon our country.

Indeed, Saints Mardarije and Sebastian were loyal disciples of Christ and shared the joy of the Holy Gospel with others in word and deed. Their very presence in the United States served as a living testament of Christian patience, hope and love, and their commitment to Christ certainly inspired people to embrace the Orthodox faith.

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Their love for others and their desire to embrace all people is vividly manifested by their fraternal relationship with other Orthodox Hierarchs in America. As his dear friend, and as Archbishop of America at the time, Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras wrote to Bishop Mardarije to commend him on the consecration of a monastery. Among other things, Athenagoras envisioned that one day Mardarije’s labors would render his name immortal in the minds and hearts of all Orthodox Christians in America.

The communal and liturgical glorification of Saints Mardarije and Sebastian, led by His Beatitude Patriarch Irinej of Serbia, represents the realization of this prophetic statement.

On behalf of the Hierarchs of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States, I welcome His Beatitude to America on this sacred occasion and pray that our Lord Jesus Christ continues to bless Patriarch Irineij with an abundance of years of fruitful ministry in the Church of Serbia.

Your Grace Bishop Maxim, it is my prayer that, through the intercessions of Saints Mardarije and Sebastian, we may renew our dedication to our Lord Jesus Christ and reinvigorate our love for each other.

With profound love and high esteem in Christ,

† Archbishop Demetrios of America
Chairman of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America


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I am a consulting biostatistician, with focus on experimental design and analysis of data in clinical trials, basic science and in epidemiology. Some of my other interests included model selection, prediction models, gene arrays and history of mathematics.

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The Meaning of Reality

Essays on Existence and Communion, Eros and History

by Christos Yannaras

The collection of articles traces the thought of Christos Yanaras through his long journey in discovering the meaning of existence, communion, eros, and history. It is a cause of immense joy that no fewer than twenty articles of passionate significance and substance have at present been gathered together in this volume under the title The Meaning of Reality.

Yannaras is undoubtedly one of the most significant thinkers of our time. Kallistos Ware once described him as "the most creative and prophetic religious thinker at work in Greece today," while Rowan Williams characterizes him as "one of the most significant Christian philosophers in Europe." His very wide and no less deep education helps him to develop an inimitable blend of philosophy, theology, and social criticism, and to speak in an original way about the traditional and contemporary issues of human existence, as well as the latest challenges of modern empirical science and political engagement. A detailed knowledge of the writings of the Holy Fathers has always been his foundation amidst the labyrinth of modern thought - which is inimately bound up with psychoanalysis, environmental issues, human rights, postmodernism, and pluralism , to mention just a few. Insistence on the primacy, uniqueness, and eternal value of human personality prevails in almost all his works and inspires his own vigorous theological and ecumenical engagement, based on the Orthodox eucharistic and ascetic tradition.