Diocesan “Special needs fund”

Dear Beloved Brothers and Sisters,
In his letter to the Hebrews, St. Paul instructs the faithful with the words, “remember your leaders, who
spoke the word of God to you…” (Heb. 13,7), reminding us of our duty to remember and love those who
preach the Gospel and who sanctify us through the celebration of the Divine Mysteries. Explaining the
calling to take good care of our clergymen, St. Tikhon of Zadonsk points out: “As he (a priest) takes care
and provides for all and for you, do not leave him in need, but help him in his requests and supply his
needs, that he may have time to take care and look after the common good. Thus by mutual love and
benefaction the common good will not be without success.”
As we contemplate these beautiful words of St. Tikhon, let us also be reminded of the fact that some of
our clergymen and their families encounter unforeseeable hardships and financial difficulties during their
priestly ministry as well as after their retirement. This is mainly due to various medical problems,
prolonged illness, unexpected housing issues and other factors that contribute to their financial struggles.
With this in mind, the Episcopal Council and the Central Church Council at their regular meeting on
December 5, 2013, established the “Special Needs Fund” for clergy and clergy widows. The purpose of
this fund is to assist with medical or other related financial hardships, which our priests cannot handle due
to low income or limited pensions. The disbursements of funds will be at the discretion of the Episcopal
Council.
We encourage all clergy members, lay leaders of our church communities, charitable organizations and all
other people of good heart to support this fund with their monetary contributions. It is a real joy and vivid
expression of our sincere faith and commitment to Christ when we are given an opportunity to help those
in need (John 13:34). Therefore, let us sacrifice something of our own for those who willingly sacrificed
themselves in carrying on the ministry of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (Matt. 28:19), with strong faith
and true dedication to our Serbian Orthodox Church.
For more information regarding this fund and to donate, please visit the official website of our Serbian
Orthodox Church in North and South America at www.serborth.org
Donations should be made to: Central Church Council (memo: Special Needs Fund for Clergy and
Clergy Widows) and mailed to the Treasurer of the Central Church Council:

Mr. Brian Gerich at 6808
Trevino Drive, Moorpark, CA 93021
Wishing you a blessed beginning of Great Lent and joyous feast of Pascha,
President of the Epicopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America

LONGIN
Bishop of New Gracanica and Midwestern America

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