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Decani Monastery Relief Fund Report for September, October & November 2000
by Reverend Presbyter Demetrios Serfes,
Hieromonk (Priestmonk) Sava
Vice President,
Veljko Sikirica

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

Reverend Presbyter Demetrios Serfes
(Boise, Idaho)
Vice President:
Hieromonk Sava (Decani Monastery, Kosovo)
Secretary & Treasurer:
Veljko Sikirica (Baltimore, Maryland)
Our Patron Saint is
St. Sava of Serbia!

With the humble blessings of

  • His Grace Bishop Artemije, of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska Prizren Hegumenos (Abbot) Theodosius
  • Hieromonk Sava of the Decani Monastery
  • His Holiness Patriarch Pavel, 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.
  • The Orthodox Peace Fellowship of the Protection of the Mother of God (Netherlands): Jim Forest, Secretary.
  • Most Beloved Friends In Christ Our Lord,

    God Love And Bless You Always!

    "Nothing will help us if we are not generous and forgiving towards human weakness in others" (Bishop -Saint- Niokali Velimirovic).

    URGENT NEWS (Dec 14 2000)
    From The President of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund: The Reverend Presbyter Demetrios Serfes, on behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia.

    His Holiness Patriarch Pavle has moved his Patriarchate from Belgrade to Pec, Kosovo during the war, and continues to function at this time at the Patriarchate in Pec Within the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Raska and Prizren, exist the Patriarchate of Pec, Kosovo.

    For more information about the diocese of the Patriarchate of Pec please visit http://decani.yunet.com/epatrijarsija.html

    "No telephone lines for the Patriarchate of His Holiness Patriarch Pavel in Pec, Kosovo."

    Currently at this time His Holiness Patriarch Pavle is unable to have the proper communications by telephone with anyone! These telephone lines have been down now for more then three weeks.

    Appeal with the humble Patriarch Pavle that proper communications are restored to full order. Pray for His Holiness Patriarch Pavle, and all of Kosovo for peace and good will among all men!

    Always abiding in the love of our Lord God, and through the prayers of our patron Saint Sava, the Decani Monastery Relief Fund continues onward in it's loving Christian appeals for your God loving donations.

    Our Secretary-Treasurer has informed me that we have received, several donations for the icon of the New Martyrs of Serbia, which is a fund raiser to provide the faithful with this laminated holy icon, and the donation $12.00 plus 15% for p.& h. Please click here for more information on how you can obtain the holy icon of the New Martyrs of Serbia. Secondly, we have received our first donation also in Memory Eternal of Our Lord in Christ the reposed martyr Father Hariton. If you would like to make donations to the Decani Monastery Relief Fund in memory of Hieromartyr Hariton, please send your donation indicated at the end of this text.

    His Grace Bishop, Artemije of Kosovo, and Father Sava, also Archimandrite Theodosius, all give humble thanks to our Lord and send their blessings to all those kind souls that, with their prayers and unselfish donations, have not only touched so many desperately needy brothers and sisters from Kosovo, approximately 1,000 families since the foundation of this fund in October 1998, but also because they have touched all of us, from Vladika Artemije to all brothers and sisters in the Serbian Orthodox Churches and Monasteries throughout Kosovo, that have endured the agony of seeing their flock fleeing Kosovo and the terror of having their Churches and Monasteries destroyed, desecrated and mutilated, seeing the same destiny shared by all who still remain in Kosovo. Everytime we send a donation to the Decani Monastery both myself, and Father Sava, and Veljko Sikirica, delight with humble gratitude in knowing many more people in Kosovo will be assisted with the needs of some fire wood, some food, shelter, and assistance for medical help. Thanks be to our Lord God for all the good hearted people for helping in your loving donations, and from sharing with all of us your endless and unselfish love in our Lord! Please remember in your prayers those in an abundance who still need our God loving prayers and help!

    We cannot forget the Decani Monastery Relief Fund concert that was held recently in Boston, Massachusetts by the great efforts of Bill Powell, who worked with great loving efforts to make this concert a great success, all of those who assisted Bill has brought us all tremendous joy in granting our fund a gracious donation. This concert truly delighted the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, beyond words! The sound of this concert and it's voices have been heard in Kosovo. Father Sava himself was so pleased with this concert, and he assures Bill Powell, and all those who assisted him, God loving prayers, and deep thanks! We indeed all thank Bill Powell, and all those who kindly sent a donation for the fund, what a blessings, and what a great Christian kindness! May our Lord God reward each of you! What a great example of Christian concern and outreach for others. We send deep thanks again and again to you humbly Bill Powell, and all those who had sung at the Concert in Boston, Massachusetts, as well as each God loving soul who made a thoughtful donation for this fund!

    Veljko Sikirica also informs us that the special occasion of the Feast day (Slava) of the Decani Monastery, last November 24, the day of the miracle-working St. Stefan of Decani, when again the names of all of the donors have been mentioned, and we humbly thank each of you!

    Finally as some of us might of heard Father Sava has now returned back to the Decani Monastery, and will remain at his monastery, as Father Sava had earlier assisted as Secretary to Vladika (Bishop) Artemije, felt it was time to return to his monastery, the angelic life he loves. Father Sava himself addressed me telling me to please ask that we continue onward in the support of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, and that both he and Father Theodosius would continue to reach out to the needs throughout Kosovo indeed with great Christian love.

    Now we would like to humbly submit to you for your consideration up until 10 December 2000, Report of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund. This report is a three-month report and includes months of September, October, and November 2000. Please humbly keep in mind that all donations reach the Decani Monastery in Kosovo, and as soon as these loving donations are received provisions are provided for all people within Kosovo, by the kind God loving efforts of the monastic brotherhood of the monastery. Please also note that a name may be repeated, because another thoughtful donations was sent. What a great Christian kindness, and what a thoughtful act of love!

    Decani Monastery Relief Contributions for
    September, October and November 2000

    Contributor Name

    281. Costa & Victoria Panos
    282. Chestnut Hill Alliance of First Church
    283. Varvara & Liberty Pyros
    284. Kingsley C. Smith
    285. Brent & Darla Buhler
    286. Victoria & Costa Panos
    287. David R. Jarrett
    288. Dragan & Marie Stefanovic
    289. Dimitrios T. Papadopulos
    290. The Lynn Group, HLF
    291. Margaret Stephens
    292. Nagib & Mona Khalifa
    293. Dragan & Marie Stefanovic
    294. Andrew Pagones & Mary Chiligiris Pagones
    295. Louise & Joseph Bassett
    296. T. John & Magdaline Tsalaky
    297. Robin Seraphima Bees
    298. Seraphim Lazovic & Daniela Dostanic
    299. Marko Kocic & Stephanie Niketic
    300. Order of the Black cross c/o Fr. Andre
      The Boston Concert Group and list of donors:
    301. James & Sydney Sowles
    302. Holly A Lapp & Ian E. Harrington
    303. William Powell
    304. Donald & Ann Miller
    305. Elisabeth & Nicholas Gray
    306. William & Sandra Corsetti
    307. Leigh Rossi Doukas & George Doukas
    308. Bruce & Lesley Frankel
    309. Christopher Chase & Jane Money
    310. R. Washington Jarvis
    311. Rev. Aleksandar & Vera Vlajkovic
    312. Sarah Buermann
    313. Eric Fossel & Jan McDonough
    314. Philip D. Scholl
    315. Mirjana H. Kondic
    316. Goldie G. Freeman & David Freeman
    317. R. Lislie Baker
    318. Ljiljana Grkovich & Alexander Grkovich
    319. Richard Hill Downes
    320. Sherrell Downes
    321. Samuel Downes
    322. Joan M. Hunt
    323. Carol Fisher Post
    324. Gloria Moskos
    325. Deborah A. Levey & Crispin B. Weinberg
      End of the list of those who donated from the Boston Concert
    326. Reader James Morgan
    327. Dr. & Mrs. Nagib Khalifa
    328. Vasiliki Barrowman
    329. Demetra & Dimitri Demitroulas in memory of Panajioti
    330. Peter Kostoulas
    331. Pauline Kefalas
    Total for September, October and November 2000   $6,513.00
    Previous balance as of September 1st 2000 $65,754.59
    Grand Total as of December 10 2000 : $72,267.59

    With love in Christ,

    Veljko Sikirica

    All of us humbly thank every God loving soul who made a thoughtful donation for the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, we thank everyone with a joyous heart in knowing we shall be able to provide the needed assistance to those in Kosovo, through the God loving efforts of the Fathers of the Decani Monastery.

    If you would like to help the Decani Monastery Relief Fund please send your donations to:

    Decani Monastery Relief Fund
    C/O Veljko Sikirica
    4 West Hill Street
    Baltimore, MD 21230
    If you would also like to have a tax deductible report for your donation, please also address the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, address indicated above.

    May our Gracious Lord God Bless each of you! And may the loving peace of Christ Our Lord be with you always!

    Peace be unto your God loving souls!

    Your Faithful Friends In Christ Our Lord,

    +Reverend Presbyter Demetrios Serfes
    President of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund,
    +Hieromonk Sava
    Vice President,
    Veljko Sikirica
    Secretary Treasurer

    If you have any questions about the Decani Monastery Relief Fund please call Reverend Presbyter Demetrios Serfes in Boise, Idaho: 208-345-6147. Please consider to call during the day time hours, and or if no answer please leave a message.

    For further information about the Decani Monastery in Kosovo please visit http://www.decani.yunet.com

    Holy Saint Sava,
    Pray Unto God For Us!

    Holy New Martyr Stefan,
    Pray Unto God For Us!


    Content written/compiled by Father Demetrios Serfes.
    (c)2000 Father Demetrios Serfes