Jackson, CA - With the blessings of His Grace Bishop Maxim of Western America the annual and much anticipated Diocesan Days of the Western Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church were held this past weekend, Friday, August 29 through Sunday, August 31, 2008 in Jackson, California. Special guests for this year's annual gathering were His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budim and Niksic, together with the Belgrade Theological Student Choir and Professor Dr. Nenad Milosevic.
On Saturday the Holy Hierarchical Divine Liturgy was served at the St. Sava Mission in Jackson after which the annual Memorial service was served for Archimandrite Sebastian Dabovich and all the founders and benefactors of the church. Bishop Joanikije gave a lecture in the afternoon on the theme, “Grow in the Grace and Knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Vespers was served that evening at 5:30. His Grace Bishop Benjamin of San Francisco and the West (OCA) was in attendance. On Sunday morning the Resurrectional Matins began at 9am followed by the Divine Liturgy, officiated by His Grace Bishop Joanikije of Budim and Niksic, con-celebrated by Bishop Maxim, and all the visiting clergy. The Student Choir sang the responses. Bishop Maxim delivered the homily. A formal banquet was held afterwards. Bishop Joanikije was the main speaker.