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

Sister Cities: Herceg Novi and Jackson

The parents of Saint Sebastian of Jackson came to San Francisco and America in 1853 from Sasovići, Herceg Novi, the Bay of Kotor (today’s Montenegro). The first of many churches that he founded in America was built in the miners’ city of Jackson in California in 1894. Many of the miners - church builders were from Herceg Novi and its surroundings.

In October of 2019, the parish celebrated its 125th anniversary together with the guests from Herceg Novi. One of the results of this grace-filled event and brotherly gathering was a spontaneously-proposed idea to establish a sister-city relationship between Herceg Novi and Jackson. It had no political motivation or connotation, but it was felt rather as a civilizational, cultural and historical act and fruit of love and prayers of the great man of God who with his wide-spread arms embraced these two beautiful cities on the two sides of the planet.

Only a few weeks later, the Jackson City Council proclaimed their letter of intent, which was given to our guest priest from Sasovići and Herceg Novi, who came to Jackson to celebrate with us Saint Sebastian Day at the end of November.

The return letter of intent recently came from Herceg Novi and was accepted by the Jackson City Council on Monday evening, February 24.

So, from today and on, Herceg Novi, Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, and Jackson, California, USA, are Sister Cities!

The representatives of the parish and the city of Jackson are planning to visit their Sister City of Herceg Novi in June this year.


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Bishop Mardarije (Uskokovic)

The First Serbian Bishop of America and Canada
Bishop Mardarije was born in Podgorica on December 22, 1889, his father, Pero, being a tribal captain and mother Jela, nee Bozovic. He finished elementary school in Cetinje where he started high school, continuing in Belgrade. Leaving high school in his fifth year, he went to Studenica Monastery. In 1906, with the blessing of Bishop Sava (Barac) of Zica, he took monastic vows and was ordained a deacon. He graduated from the Seminary in Kisenjev where a collection of his sermons was published. From here he went to St. Petersburg, graduating from the Theological Academy in 1916.

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The Thunderbolt of Ever-Living Fire

by archimandrite Vasileios of Iveron

The present book consists of Elder Vaileios' talks, discussions and dialogues in various venues mostly in the United States during his visit in 2011, along with excerpts from his writings selected to complement the themes of his talks.  The themes dealt with by Fr. Vasileios so eloquently in this book are extraordinarily wide-ranging; he handles complex and difficult issues in theology, spirituality, liturgics, parish life and monasticism with amazing clarity and insight.  He quotes with equal facility from figures as diverse as Heraclitus, Dostoevsky, St. Isacc the Syrian, St. Maximus the Confessor, Stefan Zweig, Andrei Tarkovsky, Vladimir Lossy, Georges Florovsky and St. Nicholas Cabasilas.  Above all, there is an exhilarating sense of freedom and innocence in his thought.  It is the freedom and innocence of profound faith and spiritual knowledge and childlike simplicity.  HIs wisnow is expressed via the "hyperlogic" of a hesychastic spriti, which makes for surprising connections and illuminating insights.

The appearance of this new book by Archimandrite Vaileios is truly a cuase for celebration.

143 pages
ISBN: 978-1-936773-16-9