Nearly 40 priests from all three US dioceses participated in the meeting. After a greeting from Brotherhood acting president Fr. Rade Merick on behalf of president Fr. Dennis Pavichevich who could not attend due to illness, the meeting elected Fr. Rastko Trbuhovich as its chairman and Fr. Rodney Torbic as its secretary.
Fr. Merick presented the acting president’s report on the work of the Brotherhood over the past year. The board met four times, three via conference call. Charitable gifts were given to the families of clergy who departed this life, to the St. Sava School of Theology, and to all clergy widows. The Brotherhood also was represented by a board member at a number of significant events in the life our parish and dioceses. Several students and clergy were given scholarships to help them pursue their studies or research.
Fr. Mile Subotic, Fr. Dragoljub Popovic and Fr. Milovan Katanic were recognized for their work on the periodic Clergy Messenger, as were Fr. Djuro Krosnjar, Fr. Darko Spasojevic and Fr. Deacon Damjan Bozic on the annual official Calendar and yearbook. Fr. Spasojevic was also thanked for his work as web master of the Brotherhood’s web site.
Continuing clergy education and seminars/conferences, publishing activities, and other activities were touched upon in his report.
Reports were also heard from Secretary Fr. Rodney Torbic and Treasurer Fr. Deacon Damjan Bozic. Fr. Darko Spasojevic presented the report on behalf of the Calendar editors, and Fr. Milovan Katanic reported on the Clergy health care plan. A written report no the Pension plan was provided by Fr. Dragoljub Malich, who was unable to attend. Discussion on various topics led to a number of initiatives and improvements the membership would like the Brotherhood to pursue in the coming year.
Elected as the Brotherhood board for the coming year were: president Fr. Djokan Majstorovic, vice president Fr. Darko Spasojevic, Secretary Fr. Norman Kosanovich, Treasurer Deacon Damjan Bozic, and board member Fr. Rastko Trbuhovich, Fr. Rade Merick, Fr. Rodney Torbic, Fr. Alexander Novakovic, Fr. Michael Boyle. Audit Board members include Fr. Radovan Jakovljevic, Fr. Dragan Petrovic, Fr. Alexander Savic, Fr. Dragoljub Malich and Fr. Milovan Katanic will remain in their positions as administrators of the Pension Plan and Health Care Plan, respectively, as appointed by the Central Church Council.
These annual meetings give the Serbian Orthodox clergy on this continent an opportunity to renew their bonds of brotherhood, to serve and pray together, to continue their commitment to their ongoing education through instructive lectures, workshops and discussions, and to address common concerns in their life and work for the Church. Next year’s meeting has been tentatively scheduled to be hosted by St. Sava Cathedral in New York City.
The Brotherhood extended deepest thanks to His Grace Bishop Dr. Maxim and the Western American Diocese for their invitation to the Clergy Brotherhood to participate in the clergy seminar they organized and which provided continuing education opportunities for our clergy, and to Fr. Nikola Ceko and St. Stevan’s Cathedral for their additional assistance and hospitality.
Source: The Path of Orthodoxy