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Decani Monastery Relief Fund Report for January - May 2003
By Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
President of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund USA
May 2003
Boise, Idaho
USA


The Decani Monastery Relief Fund is a non-profit organization.
For more information please click here
This web site is dedicated to the God-loving Archpriest Victor Potapov - we humbly thank for his great Christian love and assistance.


The Decani Monastery Relief Fund Was Established in October 1998

President: Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes (Boise, Idaho)

First Vice President: His Grace Bishop Teodosije (Decani Monastery, Kosovo)

Second Vice President: Hieromonk Sava (Decani Monastery, Kosovo)

Treasurer: Gioia-Maria Frahm, (Boise, Idaho)

Secretary: Lois Fletcher, Attorney At Law (Boise, Idaho)
Our Patron Saint is
St. Sava of Serbia!

With the humble blessings of

  • His Grace Bishop Artemije, of the Serbian Orthodox Church of Raska Prizren.
  • His Grace, Bishop Teodosije, Abbot of Visoki Decani Monastery.
  • Hieromonk Sava of the Decani Monastery
  • His Holiness Patriarch Pavle, Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovac
  • His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople, and the Synod of Bishops of the Patriarchate
  • His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah, Presiding Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver
  • The Friends Of Mt. Athos (in America): The Hon. Sir Steven Runciman, C.H.
  • His Grace Bishop Kallistos of Diokleia.
     
  • Dear Friends In Our Risen Lord,

    Christ Is Risen!

    May the great peace and joy of our Lordís Holy Resurrection be with you all!

    What a great blessing that so many kind souls have offered assistance to the Decani Monastery Relief Fund during the period of January-May 2003, as so many struggling and suffering people in Kosovo and Metohija will be assisted!

    The monks of the Decani Monastery are ever joyful that they will be able to assist so many people because of your great love and kindness to the Fund with food, shelter, clothing, fire- wood, and further medical assistance. Men, women, and children will be helped and the elderly! Thanks to God for all things!

    The situation in the regions of Kosovo and Metohija continues to be a great hardship for the Serbian Orthodox Christians, as the matter of destruction of Churches and Monasteries continues onward, as well as the destruction of Serbian Orthodox Cemeteries, as the most recent situation was that a large truck drove across a cemetery destroyed itís headstones and bringing more great dishonor to the repose in the Lord.

    The matter of reconstruction of the Serbian Orthodox Churches within these regions is not the top priority among those who destroyed them in the first place. The Serbian Orthodox Diocese under His Grace, Bishop Artemije is however trying to repair those Churchís destroyed and damaged. Efforts are in the making to repair some of these Churchís as we have highly consider more then 112 have been destroyed and damaged.

    Now that the school year is ending in these regions, one has to ask whether these children will be able to return back to school next September, as during this past School year the children where no longer protected in going to School or to the University! Many parents where simply frighten to send their children to school or allow their youth to attend University this past academic year!

    There is really no freedom of movement in Kosovo and Metohija! There is really no full protection for the Serbian Orthodox Churches or Cemeteries, or for anything that is Serbian or Serbian Orthodox! Hardly do we hear that a Serbian Orthodox Christian can obtain the necessary food for their families, or even walk down a street without being threatened. If you are a Serbian your life is not safe!

    When will be the hour that true peace and brotherhood reigns?

    When will be the hour when rocks are thrown at Serbian citizens ends?

    When will be the hour when one is buried that their grave-stones or graves sites be respected and honored?

    When will be the hour when the children can come outside and play, as well as live as all free children?

    When will be the hour for the missing children and youth returned back to their families?

    When will be the hour when all elderly can receive not a portion of their pension but their full pension? And when will be the hour that every elderly person will be able to get proper medical attention, and be free to go to the market place and obtain food and needs for their families?

    When will be the hour when all citizens can walk down the street and visit family and relative, or even go to Church?

    Where are the hours of discussion for peace and good will among all men?

    Discussions of peace must be the order of day! Discussions must not end, but begin once again, with hope and love for all citizens!

    Love for the children, love for the elderly, and love for those who are desperate in need of reconstruction of their 10,000 homes, love for the farmer who wants to grow crops this summer, love for those who desire to labor, love for those who want to go to Church and pray, love for those who are waiting for food and are hungry, love for those who have been buried, and love for those who love peace and desire true peace! Peace and good will among all men!

    Peace begins with love and understanding one another! Peace is our prayer, and our hope, as with peace we begin to realize one another as a true neighbor! We pray for this peace and we join in the efforts of peace with all! Let us begin to not just talk about peace but put peace into action, and learn how we can help one another live in true brotherhood!

    I would like to now offer you on behalf of our Secretary-Treasure Veljko Sikirica the latest Decani Monastery Relief Report for January-May 2003:

    Decani Monastery Relief Contributions for January 2003 - May 2003
    Contributor Name

    606 James M. Stormes
    607 Stanley Savic
    608 Anonymous
    609 Tom Athanasios Bouras
    610 Kurt & Victoria Sherry
    611 Daryl & Vaso Bunde
    612 Mark & Catherine Seidel
    613 Anonymous
    614 Hans & Ella Moravec
    615 Gary & Carol McFarland
    616 Connie Angelos
    617 Orthodox Benevolent Fund
    618 Margaret Stephens
    619 Andrei Maria Holodny
    620 John Kapetan
    621 John Kapetan
    622 Connie Angelos
    623 SS. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church
    624 Gary & Carol McFarland
    625 Olivera Stefanovic
    626 Anonymous
    627 Rostislav Plochaninoff
    628 Kyri Zaroyannis
    629 Tom Athanasios Bouras
    630 Gorge & Stavroula Prosiliakos
    631 Kevin and Gail Shelby
    632 Victoria & Costa Panos
    633 Eric & Natalie Molfino
    634 In Memory of Damjan, Boskovic, S.
    635 Carol & Paul Adams
    636 Mirko Popovich
    637 W. C. & Helena Fuller
    638 Stephan & Danielle Turcola
    639 Marvin & Eleni Tucker
    640 Justin Daniel
    641 Gary & Carol McFarland
    642 Leigh & George Doukas
    643 Victoria & Costa Panos
    644 Stevan Pirocanac
    645 Alexander & Katherine Bizakis
    646 May Elizabeth Fike
    647 Holy Cross House-Antiochian Orthodox Mission
    648 Daniel Lieuwen
    Total for January - May 2003 $14,542.35
    Previous balance up to December 31, 2002 $114,285.38
    Grand Total as of May 31, 2003 : $128,287.73

    Humbly submitted by

    Veljko Sikirica
    Secretary-Treasure

    Monday, May 26, 2003

    Dear Friends - CHRIST IS RISEN,

    We are greeting you in the joy of the risen Lord Jesus Christ. May He grant to you all His abundant grace for your Christian and brotherly love towards the suffering people in Kosovo and Metohija.

    Fr. Nektarios Serfes, the President of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund (DMRF) has just informed us that since January 2003, $14,542.35 have been collected for Kosovo and Metohija. This wonderful news gives us more hope to continue with our work and continue helping those who are in need.

    Regrettably, the situation in Kosovo and Metohija Province has not improved and many of our fellow Orthodox Christians continue living "in the catacombs". In particularly difficult situation are remaining Serbs in major Kosovo's cities. They live without freedom of movement and normal access to medical and educational services and very often cannot even buy their necessities. In the enclaves the life is somewhat easier because the people there enjoy at least some relative freedom within the boundaries of the territory protected by the peacekeeping forces. But, generally speaking, the life is very difficult.

    Christian cemeteries and holy sites continue to be targeted by extremists. Now, it is no longer a secret, extremists want to destroy all traces of Christian Orthodox monuments in this predominantly Moslem province. Our priest from the Eastern part of the Province just called and said that Albanian hooligans attacked the Orthodox cemetery again.

    Especially vulnerable part of the population are children in Serb enclaves who have been living under constant fear and threat during the last four years. Many of them have forgotten how the life in freedom looks like. In some parts of the Province they are still transported to their schools in military armored vehicles. Equally vulnerable are the elderly. In the last month there have been two attacks in which elderly Serbs were beaten to death only to sell their property and leave the Province.

    Our Church and particularly our monasteries remain active in relieving the suffering of our faithful people. Our special priority remain returnees who return to their homes after years of exile. Very often they do not find anything but their burned homes and polluted wells. Nevertheless, they have shown immense perseverance and courage which gives us hope that they will be able to start their lives again and rebuild that which they have lost.

    Many Serb refugees cannot return to their homes yet, because no one can grant them security. At the moment more than 1000 Serb refugees protest in front of Western Embassies in Belgrade requesting assistance to go back to their homes in Kosovo and Metohija. At the same time many Kosovo Roma (Gypsies) who were expelled by Kosovo Albanians after the war live a precarious life on the border between FYR Macedonia and Greece because nobody wants to grant them place of refuge.

    Please keep praying for us so that the Lord might give us strength to carry our cross and serve our suffering people.

    We will continue praying for all of you in our daily prayers and Holy Liturgies asking protection for us all from our patron Saint St. King Stefan of Decani.

    Yours in Lord Jesus Christ
    Abbot Theodosios
    and his brethren in Christ


    Thanks to each of one of you! May our Lord God grant many blessings to you! We would like to humbly thank those who kept sending their donation month after month, may God reward you for this great kindness!

    We can now move onward and the Fathers of the Decani Monastery can now offer love on your humble behalf and to offer assistance to those in desperate need! At the same time the Fathers of the Decani Monastery assure each one of you in loving prayer at their Holy Monastery.

    Thanks to God for your great love and kindness!

    Glory to God for all things!

    Please kindly make a donation to the Decani Monastery Relief Fund.

    Please note a change of address for the Fund, and for those who already sent their donations previously be forwarded to the new address effective as of 27 May 2003:

    Decani Monastery Relief Fund
    c/o Veljko Sikirica
    5600 Beam Ct.
    Bethesda, MD 20817
    USA

    If you would also like to have a tax deductible report for your donation, please indicate this when you send in your donation.

    Thank You Humbly!

    God love and bless you!

    Your Venerable Brothers In Christ Our Lord,

    ++Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
    President of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund,
    ++Archimandrite Teodosije & Hieromonk (Father) Sava
    Vice Presidents,
    Veljko Sikirica
    Secretary Treasurer

    Holy Saint Sava,
    Pray Unto God For Us!

    GLORY BE TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS!


     
    Content written/compiled by Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes.
    (c)2003 Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes