Milana “Mim” Bizic was very surprised when Her Grace, the Right Reverend Irinej, Bishop of the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of East America, called her to the podium of the Hotel Omni William Penn Omni with hundreds of friends. ‘guests present, to receive the highest distinction. given to someone in the educational and cultural field of Serbia: the Order of Saint Despot Stefan Lazarevich.
“Never in my wildest dreams would I have expected such recognition or such great honor from the Patriarchate, or to see my Bishop Irinej raise the medal very high, happily asking the audience to exclaim ‘Axia’ (she is worthy) and ‘Živeli! ‘which means’ Long live! “I can’t believe so many of my family knew about this secret and conspired to remain silent,” said Bizic, a resident of Sewickley.
On November 6 and 7, the hierarchs of the Orthodox Church of several denominations, the clergy and the faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church gathered to celebrate the great centenary of the founding of the first Serbian Orthodox diocese in America.
Services began Nov. 6 at SOC St. Elijah in Aliquippa, with over 30 clergymen from as far away as Miami. Lunch followed. Afterwards, people gathered to witness the blessing of the new headquarters of the Serbian National Federation. On November 7, all local SOC parishes were closed so that all could participate in special services at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Pittsburgh, again in the presence of many hierarchs and priests.
Bizic is no stranger to the Serbian people around the world. A retired teacher and librarian, she is recognized in the fields of education, technology and history. A recipient of numerous awards and accolades, she writes extensively in the US SRBOBRAN and other publications and websites.
She spoke on topics related to the history of Serbia and during the Homeland Wars in the 1990s she participated in various demonstrations and demonstrations that took place to shed light on the plight of her Serbian people. She founded a perpetual scholarship to the Serbian National Federation, the Gustav and Milana Karlo Bizic Prize. She also generously supports many churches and monasteries, and in particular St. Elijah in Aliquippa, where she is a member of the choir of St. Elijah Church.
The new prize was awarded to Bizic at the suggestion of his priest, V. Rev. Branislav Golic and his bishop Irinej, the 46th Patriarch of Serbia, Porfirije, 60, head of a church of 12 million people in Serbia. , the other five republics and dioceses of the former Yugoslavia in the United States, Australia and most of the countries of Western Europe and South America.