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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.
     
  • Decani Monastery Relief Fund Report for January 6 to June 18, 2006
    By Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
    President of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund USA
    June 2006
    Boise, Idaho
    USA

    A Note from the President : Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes

    Beloved Friends in Christ our Lord,

    Humbly we greet you and we pray that our Lord God will bless you!

    Simultaneously we would like to offer our thanks to all those who have made a donation to the Decani Monastery Relief Fund (DMRF).

    On behalf of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, I would like to humbly apologize for the delay in presenting to you the updates of our reports. I myself had been ill, and have recovered thanks to your prayers.

    At the same time our Secretary-Treasure Veljko Sikirica has indicated to our fund that due to his heavy load of work and travels that some changes would be made on behalf of the fund. Without a doubt we owe our deepest thanks to the many years of the dedicated work and help Veljko has offered to our fund, and he continues to offer his support for the fund. We thank Veljko humbly and we pray that our Lord God will always bless him for his great and dedicated time to our fund. Thank you humbly Veljko!

    Therefore because of this new development for our fund all donations are now sent to my address at my parish church in Boise, Idaho -please note a change of address at the end of this report. My local parish of Saints Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church, Boise, Idaho has been willing to assist our fund and a special committee meeting will take place before the end of June 2006. In the meantime we ask that you continue your Christ-loving support for the Decani Monastery Relief Fund.

    We also would like to inform you that Gioia-Maria Frahm has been appointed Treasure of our fund. Gioia-Maria is a member of our parish church in Boise, Idaho. We welcome her to our fund! Our Fund also has another new addition as Secretary Lois Fletcher, Attorney At Law. Lois is a parish member of St. Seraphim of Sarov Russian Orthodox Church in Boise, Idaho. We welcome both Gioia-Maria and Lois to our fund!

    In the meantime what also has developed on behalf of our fund is that direct wiring of all donations will take place from a local bank in Boise, Idaho to a bank account for the Decani Monastery in Belgrade, Serbia -which is technically easier for the fund.

    All donations made to the DMRF are forwarded as quickly as possible to volunteers in Serbia who, on behalf of the Decani Monastery, immediately use this cash resource to distribute financial and/ or material aid to persons in need of assistance throughout the providence of Kosovo-Metohija. No portion of any donated money is used for administrative or overhead costs: 100% of every donation is dispersed to aid recipients. Volunteers in both Serbia and USA donate their own funds, as well as their time, to assure that your donations are used in their entirety to address the needs the DMRF exists to alleviate.

    The DMRF targets aid to individuals and families who continue to need food, fuel, shelter, and medical attention. The Fund also supports monks and nuns serving in Serbian Orthodox monasteries and churches throughout the Providence of Kosovo-Metohija as they struggle to provide food and other emergency assistance to the displaced and homeless in their communities.

    As many of you know, I was in Kosovo-Metohija during the last week in January through the first week in February 2006. During that time I traveled throughout the region with His Grace, Bishop Teodosije and the monks of the Decani Monastery on behalf of our fund, we offered assistance to those in desperate need. Bishop Teodosije and I meet with His Grace, Bishop Artemije to discuss how we could continue to assist his diocese through the DMRF. My reception by Bishop Artemije as well as by the nuns at the Gracanica Monastery was for me most gracious. I feel my trip on behalf of the fund was entirely successful.

    Upon my return to America, His Grace, Bishop Artemije sent my diocesan Metropolitan Isaiah (Holy Metropolis of Denver) a thank-you letter on my behalf, expressing his gratitude for the Metropolitan's having allowed and blessed my recent pilgrimage to Kosovo, and for a job well done. In response, His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah also thanked Bishop Artemije and expressed his hope that the DMRF would continue to receive gifts and contributions so this work can go onward.

    So many people within the region of Kosovo-Metohija have been blessed because of your kind and loving support of the DMRF! I personally saw smiles on the faces of the children, the elderly, and those who continue to live in great hardship when we offered them aid provided by the DMRF. I was also pleased that additional assistance could be offered to the homeless shelters sponsored by the diocese of His Grace, Bishop Artemije (Diocesan bishop of the diocese of Raska and Prizren) and His Grace, Bishop Teodosije (Abbot of the Decani Monastery, and Auxiliary bishop).

    To view pictures from my recent pilgrimage to Kosovo-Metohija and to read about how our continued support of the DMRF is needed, click here.

    I am also very happy to report that this past Holy Pascha (Easter), on behalf of our fund, His Grace, Bishop Teodosije was able to help many children, as well as many families which brought them much joy and deep thanks.

    Bishop Teodosije distributes funds to the children and families on behalf of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund in Lipljan on Bright Monday, April 2006.
    Bishop Teodosije distributes funds to the children and families on behalf
    of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund in Lipljan on Bright Monday, April 2006.

    The situation throughout Kosovo-Metohija continues to cause Serbian Orthodox Christians much hardship and necessitates ongoing vigilance to protect the region's remaining Orthodox monasteries and churches. The Decani Monastery recently received new threats from the surrounding Albanian population. Thanks to God there has also been an additional six-month extension of its military protection by UN Peace-Keeping troops. We continue to be gravely concerned regarding the likely long-term need to protect Decani and the other Serbian Orthodox monasteries and churches throughout the regions of Kosovo-Metohija.

    We also have concerns about securing the homes and farms of Serbian Orthodox Christians and the schools their children attend. Some Serbian families are attempting to return to the region. But their safety is far from certain because the majority Albanians still do not recognize the concept of basic human rights; nor is there a willingness on the part of Kosovo's leadership to enforce such rights equally for all citizens, regardless of religion or ethnicity. It was reported on June 19th by the Serbian Foreign Minister, Mr. Vuk Draskovic at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva: "In the last 7 years 220,000 Serbs and other non-Albanians have been forced to leave Kosovo. More than a thousand Serbs have been killed, many of them children. 40,000 Serbian homes have been looted and destroyed, or occupied by illegal tenants. Centuries old Serbian Orthodox churches and monastery, 150 of them, have been destroyed in various ways. This is Kosovo-Metohija today, in Europe, in the 21st century. have learned that since the war has ended in Kosovo-Metohija that more then 40,000 Serbian families have lost their homes and apartments, and have been unable most cases to return back home."

    At this hour more Serbian Orthodox Churches are being damaged and vandalized one took place in the last two days in Obilic and today in Podujevo. Also as June 19th a Serbian Orthodox cemetery in Staro Gracko near Lipljan desecrated.

    Under the present conditions, continued protection for Bishop Artemije and Bishop Teodosije must remain a top priority for the UN Peace-Keeping troops. No Serbian Orthodox bishop, monk, nun, or priest can travel freely in the Providence of Kosovo-Metohija; all must travel under guard. In the past few months, there have been threats made directly against Bishop Artemije as he travels throughout the region attempting to bring aid and encouragement to Serbian families.

    We therefore will continue to offer our support through the DMRF and we humbly ask you, please, continue your financial donations to our efforts to assist the still struggling Serbian Christians in Kosovo-Metohija. Their ongoing need is great. And we ask you also to pray for the success of our efforts, as we pray for you, that God may bless you for your caring and generosity.

    The following report was submitted to the DMRF from Veljko Sikirica

    Decani Monastery Relief Contributions from January to June 2006
    Contributor Name

    1040 Alexander & Cvijeta Blagojevic
    1041 Christopher Buckley
    1042 Nicolas & Abngeliki Nicolaou
    1043 Leo & Candace Schefe
    1044 Byzantine Sacred Art Orthodox Icons (S. Novko)
    1045 Jerry & Margaret Minetos
    1046 Boris & Miriann Stepich
    1047 Dino & Sofia Vlahakis
    1048 Elizabeth Packer
    1049 George & Maria Colcin
    1050 Antonia Zvigas
    1051 Gary & Carol McFarland
    1052 Saints Cyril & Methodius Orthodox Mission (Chico, CA.)
    1053 Brian Schmalzbach
    1054 Jerry Pummill
    1055 Kathy & George Papioannou
    1056 Thomas & Constance Chiakulas
    1057 Jordan Babic
    1058 Jovanka Krainovich (Joanne Ingold)
    1059 Alexandra Jatras
    1060 Olivera Stefanovic
    1061 Lynda Theroux
    1062 Ladies Philoptochos Society of Sts. Mary & Martha Greek Orthodox Church, Knoxville. TN.
    1063 Pilip, Anastasia, Stefan Dimitrije Slavkovic
    1064 Dimitris Yonis
    1065 Dmitris Yonis
    1066 Rev. John & Ann Haluszczak
    1067 Smith Kingsley
    1068 Ann Marie & Justin Bosl
    1069 Zora & Alexandra Malich
    1070 Gary & Carol McFarland
    1071 Elizabeth & Nikita Zelnsky
    1072 Predrag P. Pajic
    1073 Jennifer & William Davis
    1074 Mary Ann Georgiou
    1075 Mary Kiousis
    1076 Christine & Barry Stavrou
    1077 Christiana & John Heuer
    1078 St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, Kansas City, KS.
    1079 Vidosava Chenich
    1080 Clara Aresenovich
    1081 Katya Haub
    1082 Branko Dobric
    1083 Sophia Johnson
    1084 Anna Plefka
    1085 Gary & Carol McFarland
    1086 SS. Cyril & Methodoius Orthodox Mission, Chico, CA.
    1087 Anatoli Krygin
    1088 Melvin & Joyce Visnick
    1089 Jon Christ
    1090 Very Rev. Robert Prepelka
    1091 Denise & Claudia Bobko
    1092 Boris & Miriann Stepich
    1093 Milos Radosavvljevic
    1094 Furdui Ovidiu
    1095 M. Siatis
    1096 Carol Carideo
    1097 Anastasia Neubauer
    1098 Gary & Carol McFarland
    1099 SS. Cyril & Methodius Orthodox Mission, Chico, CA
    1100 Daria Ljubibratic
    1101 Peter Eliades
    1102 Boris & Miriann Stepich
    1103 Bill Pangiotopoulos (Australia)
    1104 Stephen & Mary Leida
    1105 John Cowherd
    1106 John Psikakos
    1107 Mary McCabe
    1108 Betty J. Lillios
    1109 Dr. Norman & Mrs. Mirjana Ness (Children’s Fund)
    Sub-total January 6-April 17, 2006 $15,945.00
    Previous Balance as of January 6th, 2006 $344,918.94
    Grand Total as of April 17, 2006 $360,863.94
    DMRF Report: for April 17-June 18, 2006
    1110 Anonymous
    1111 St. Matthias Orthodox Church
    1112 Anonymous
    1113 Connie Angelos
    1114 Tracy & Harold Wiley
    1115 Praskovia & Nicholas Derevitzky
    1116 Boris & Miriann Stepich
    1117 Boris & Miriann Stepich
    1118 Anonymous
    1119 Kathy & Gary Stump
    1120 Gary & Carol McFarland
    1121 Gary & Carol McFarland
    1122 Saints Cyril & Methodius Orthodox Mission (Chico, CA)
    1123 Saints Cyril & Methodius Orthodox Mission (Chico, CA)
    1124 Johannes Wolf
    1125 David J. Russo
    Sub-total as of April 18 - June 18, 2006 $2,769.00
    Previous Balance as of April 17, 2006 $360,863.94
    Grand Total as of June 18, 2006 $363,632.94

    Humbly submitted by

    Veljko Sikirica

    Thanks to each of you for most kindly offering your thoughtful donation to our DMRF. We assure you of our continuing prayers. We especially would like to thank those who send monthly donations on a regular basis. And to the new donors on our list we say "welcome!" May God bless you all!

    The DMRF now has available a DVD, DAYS MADE OF FEAR, 1998-2005, a documentary film on the Kosovo crisis. This film was produced by the dedicated Ninoslav Randjelovic. The Fund also has available a new pamphlet just published: The Beheading of Father Hariton, Monk & the Missing Hieromartyr Stefan: New Martyrs of Kosovo, Serbia In the 20th Century.

    Viewing the documentary film will bring greater insight into the ongoing crisis situation that exists in Kosovo-Metohija. To obtain a copy of the DVD and the new pamphlet, please send a donation of $25.00. Of this, $15.00 will go to the DMRF and $10.00 will go to the film's producer to help cover expenses incurred from creation and distribution of the DVD. Please make your check payable only to the DMRF and mail your request to:

    Decani Monastery Relief Fund
    c/o Very Reverend Nektarios Serfes
    2618 West Bannock Street
    Boise, Idaho 83702
    USA

    Thank you once again! And may our Lord God reward you! Together we can bring hope and Christian love to those in Kosovo and Metohija who need our support and assistance at this hour. Please send donations to and note a change of address as of 20 June 2006:

    Decani Monastery Relief Fund
    c/o Very Reverend Nektarios Serfes
    2618 West Bannock Street
    Boise, Idaho 83702
    USA

    Your donation is tax deductible. If you would also like to have a tax deductible report for your donation, please indicate this when you send in your donation. When you make your donation, please make your check or money order out to the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, NOT to the name of any individual.

    Thank you once again! And may our Lord God reward you! Together we can bring hope and Christian love to those in Kosovo and Metohija who so need our support and assistance at this hour!

    God love and always bless you!

    Peace to your soul!

    Your Ever-memorable Brothers and Sisters in Christ our Lord,

    +Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
    President of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund USA

    His Grace, Bishop Teodosije,
    First Vice President, Abbot of the Decani Monastery, & Auxiliary Bishop of the Diocese of Raska and Prizren

    Hieromonk (Father) Sava
    Second Vice President

    Gioia-Maria Frahm,
    Treasurer

    Lois Fletcher, Attorney At Law
    Secretary

    Holy Saint Sava,
    Pray Unto God For Us!

    Holy New Martyrs Of Serbia,
    Pray To God For Us!

    GLORY BE TO GOD FOR ALL THINGS!

     
    Content written/compiled by father@serfes.org.
    (c) Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes