Annual St. Luke Celebration with Crown Prince & Princess Bishop & Prime Minister

Lois Gaul
St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church recently announced its annual fundraiser will be held on Friday, February 9 at 6:30 p.m. Guests of Honor include His Grace Bishop Irinej, Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America, TRH Crown Prince Alexander and Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, and The Honorable Željka Cvijanović, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska in Bosnia & Hercegovina. The evening starts with the Doxology by His Grace Bishop Irinej at 6:30 p.m. at St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church at 10660 River Road, Potomac, MD 20854 followed by a cocktail reception, sit-down dinner and program at Ss. Peter & Paul Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church at 10620 River Road, Potomac, MD 20854. Dress is semi-formal, black tie optional. Tickets are $100 and can be purchased at www.svluka.org/annualfundraiser. All donations benefit St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church. St. Luke’s is honored to have His Grace Bishop Irinej officiate the Doxology and attend the annual fundraiser. The Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church elected by acclamation Bishop Irinej of Australia and New Zealand to the throne of Bishops of Eastern America on May 25, 2016. His Grace Bishop Irinej attended St. Tikhon’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in South Canaan, Pennsylvania after attending the Cleveland Institute of Art. He graduated with a Licentiate in Theology with the academic distinction maxima cum laude and then enrolled in St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York and graduated with a Master of Divinity degree and received an honorable mention for his master’s thesis. He has spent most of his career in the field of education, lecturing at Loyola University in Chicago and at the Theological Faculty of the Serbian Orthodox Church in Belgrade. His endeavors included drafting a common constitution unifying his two dioceses, which the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church approved in May of 2011. He has also had an impact on many diplomatic accomplishments and has been entrusted by the members of the Holy Assembly of Bishops to oversee the rebuilding of the St. Sava Pro-Cathedral in New York City that was recently destroyed by a fire. For more information about His Grace Bishop Irinej, visit www.easterndiocese.org/ourbishop. Our other esteemed guests include His Royal Highness Crown Prince Alexander, who was educated at Trinity School in New York, NY, Marie-José in Switzerland, Le Rosey in Switzerland, Culver Military Academy in Indiana, Gordonstoun School in Scotland and Millfield in England. He joined the British Royal Military in 1966 and was later commissioned as an officer. He served many tours before leaving the army in 1972. HRH Crown Prince Alexander has always been a very ardent defender of democracy and human rights. He’s taken a very active role in helping his people shake off the legacy of dictatorship and the regime. HRH Crown Prince Alexander has travelled extensively, met with numerous world leaders, politicians, parliamentarians and world bodies. In 1985, Crown Prince Alexander married Katherine Batis of Athens at the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in London. On May 15, 2015, HRH Crown Prince Alexander received the highest French order, Legion d’Honneur Commander Rank, by a Decree of the President of the Republic of France. Her Royal Highness Crown Princess Katherine was educated in Athens, Greece and Lusanne, Switzerland. She studied business at the University of Denver, Colorado and the University of Dallas, Texas and she received an honorary degree in Doctor of Letters from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. Princess Katherine’s charitable activities have been numerous, including bringing much needed relief to children, the elderly and all those in need regardless of religion or ethnic origin. She is the part of several humanitarian organizations including Lifeline Humanitarian Organization. For more information about The Royal Family of Serbia, visit www.royalfamily.org. The Honorable Željka Cvijanović, Prime Minister of Republika Srpska in Bosnia & Hercegovina, attended the Faculty of Philosophy in Sarajevo, the Faculty of Philosophy in Banja Luka and the Faculty of Law in Banja Luka and holds a Master degree in the field of diplomatic and consular law. In her professional career, the Prime Minister worked as a school professor of English language and literature, senior interpreter and later as an Assistant to the European Union Mission in Bosnia & Herzegovina. She was appointed an Advisor to the Prime Minister of Republika Srpska for European integration and cooperation with international organizations, then also as Head of the Republika Srpska Coordination and European Integration Unit in the Office of the Prime Minister, as well as the Chief of Staff in the Office of the Prime Minister of Republika Srpska. For more information about The Honorable Željka Cvijanović, visit www.vladars.net/eng/vlada/prime_minister. For additional info about the St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church’s Annual Fundraiser on February 9, go to www.svluka.org, email info@svluka.org or call 301.299.2704. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/svluka.srpskapravoslavnacrkva. About St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church More than half a century ago, in the capital of the United States of America, Washington, D.C., about 50 believers of the Serbian Orthodox faith - Americans of Serbian descent and Serbian immigrants – organized an unofficial meeting on February 12, 1961 to establish regular church services. The first Divine Liturgy of the Serbian Orthodox community was celebrated in the Chapel of the American University on March 26, 1961 by Archimandrite Dr. Firmilijan Ocokoljich, at that time the dean of the Saint Sava Cathedral in New York City, and then later the Bishop of the Middle-American Diocese. It was decided to organize a church-school community in Washington and its metropolitan area, to name Saint Luke as the saint protector of the parish, to give his name to the church, and to organize a parish. After several locations over the course of more than 50 years, St. Luke’s Serbian Orthodox Church has a permanent home at 10660 River Road, Potomac, MD 20854 and as of December 1, 2017, a new priest, Fr. Vasilije, appointed by His Grace Bishop Irinej of Eastern America.