His Grace, Bishop Dr. Maxim
Episkopos, Professor, Artist
His Grace Bishop Maxim (Vasiljevic) of Western Diocese Serbian Orthodox Church for North and South America is leading his Diocese since 2006.
Bishop Maxim is an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Theology of the University of Belgrade, teaching Patristics, Hagiology and Contemporary Theological Studies. His Grace Bishop Maxim is also Professor of Patrology at the St. Sava School of Theology in Libertyville, Illinois. He serves on the Board of Trustee's at St.Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, and also has a duty of coordinator for the Secretariat of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North and Central America.
He also leads the Diocesan iconographical school inspired by Byzantine and Serbian medieval fresco painting, as well as founder of Diocesan publishing ministry, Sebastian Press. Bishop Maxim’s scholarly studies and articles include two books and studies on the Holy Fathers and Saints; he has also written on the hagiographical and iconographical themes, published in theological magazines throughout the world.
Some recent publications:
“An existential interpretation of dogmatics: Theological language and dogma in the face of the culture of pluralism“, St Vladimir’s Seminary Quarterly 51 (2007),
“La conception de la sainteté dans l’oeuvre hagiographique de Syméon le Métaphraste“, Revue des Études Byzantines 66 (2008) p. 191-207.
“Holy Icons and the ultimate state of being“, Annual 2007 of the Western American Diocese, Los Angeles 2007, 37-39.
“The Orthodox Marriage and Family“, a lecture given at the KSS Annual Retreat in Jackson, 2007 (to be published).
St John the Chrysostom, Commemoration of the 1600th Anniversary of the Repose of St. John Chrysostom, St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church, November 13-14, 2007
View Pan-Orthodox Sermon:
“Ecclesiological provincialism compared to the Church's concrete unity", The Path of Orthodoxy, May 2007.
History, Truth, Holiness
by Bishop Maxim Vasiljevic
Bishop Maxim’s first book, described by Fr. John Breck as an “exceptionally important collection of essays” contributing to both the theology of being and also contemporary theological questions, is now available! Christos Yannaras describes Bishop Maxim as “a theologian who illumines” and Fr. John McGuckin identifies his work as “deeply biblical and patristic, academically learned yet spiritually rich.” The first half of the book collects papers emphasizing theological ontology and epistemology, reminding us how both the mystery of the Holy Trinity and that of the Incarnation demand that we rethink every philosophical supposition; it includes chapters on holiness as otherness, truth and history, and the biochemistry of freedom. The second half of the book features lectures dedicated to the theological questions posed by modern theology, including studies of Orthodox and Roman Catholic ecclesiology, liturgics, and the theology of icons.