Archbishop Jovan (John) VI

Stop the terror, persecution
and discrimination on religious grounds
conducted by the Government of FYROMacedonia!

The Archbishop Jovan Fund

Filed under: General — August 29, 2006 @ 10:39 pm



The Archbishop Jovan Fund

Founded April 10, 2006

St. Naum Patron Saint

This is a Christ-loving appeal to help and support His Beatitude John Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje and his Archdiocese. The Archdiocese of Archbishop Jovan is an Autonomous Orthodox Church and known as the Autonomous Orthodox Archdiocese of Ohrid and is the voice of Holy Orthodoxy within Macedonia FYROM and recognized as such by the entire Orthodox world. On 24th May 2005, on the Feast of Saints Cyril and Methodius, Archbishop Jovan was confirmed by His Holiness, Patriarch Pavel, the Archbishop of Pec and Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovtzy and Patriarch of Serbia, to be Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje in accordance with the Nis Agreement. On the same day, there was an announcement of the Patriarchal and the Assembly Tomos for Autonomy was granted for the Ohrid Archbishopric, the Chairman of whose Holy Synod of Bishops is he, himself. To access this information:

A new fund has been set up to help and assist Archbishop Jovan and his Archdiocese of Ohrid: The Archbishop Jovan Fund.

The Fund is a non-profit organization, and all donations should be sent to:

Archbishop Jovan Fund

St. Herman Brotherhood
P.O. Box 70
Platina, California 96076

Checks and money orders payable to: The Archbishop Jovan Fund. A tax deduction will be sent upon request.

With the blessings of His Beatitude Jovan, Archbishop of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje. His Eminence, Metropolitan Isaiah, Presiding Hierarch of the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Denver. Hieromonk Gerasim Abbot of St. Herman Brotherhood, Platina, California.

Board of Directors

+Very Reverend Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes,

Parish priest of Saints Constantine & Helen
Greek Orthodox Church, Boise, Idaho

+Archpriest Victor Potapov
First Vice President
Parish priest of St. John the Baptist
Russian Orthodox Church, Washington, D.C.

+Hieromonk Damascene,
Second Vice President
Editor Orthodox Word. St. Herman Brotherhood, Platina. CA.

An appeal to help assist the Archbishop Jovan Fund

May the great peace and joy of our Lord God always be with you!

Many of us might hear about the plight and the struggles of the Orthodox Church within the Former Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) also known as Skopje, and it’s Ruling Hierarch Archbishop Jovan (John). On 26, 2005 while fulfilling his Archpastoral duties he was arrested by the Macedonian Government and thrown into jail for the next 220 days. While he was in prison he was denied visitors except for his mother. He was not allowed to wear his cassock, cross or panagia. All where taken away! The Archbishop was also denied his Holy Bible. While the Archbishop was incarcerated his father reposed in the Lord, although he was allowed to attend the funeral but returned to jail the same day. In addition his passport was taken away two days before he went into jail and has still not been returned.

While in prison the Archbishop received and continues to receive world wide support and prayer.

At this hour the Archdiocese Jovan is without financial resources, without proper residence, food and medical care and is not allowed to live its Orthodox faith or to minister to their parish members.

Of course, it’s common knowledge within Macedonia (FYROM) itself that the Macedonian Government is opposed to His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan and his Autonomous Archdiocese of Ohrid. In addition it is also public knowledge that the Macedonian Orthodox Church (MOC) which was created and sponsored by the Macedonian Government is also opposed to Archbishop Jovan and his Autonomous Archdiocese of Ohrid. It goes without saying that the only legitimate representative of Holy Orthodoxy within Macedonia (FYROM) itself is Archbishop Jovan and his church, exclusively recognized as such by the Patriarchate of Serbia and the entire Orthodox world.

At this hour the conditions under which His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan and his Archdiocese live have not changed.

The Archbishop and his Archdiocese has lost several of their local Orthodox churches and monasteries – all of which have been destroyed. The photos on the website of Archbishop Jovan and his church speak for themselves. Access: and press English Version and then access photo. One church after other destroyed including monasteries.

The Archbishop and those within his Archdiocese have to serve currently all Liturgical services in local basements and apartments of homes, and when the weather permits Liturgical services are held outside.

The Archbishop and his Archdiocese have been and continue to be deprived of proper food and medical care for their 50 monks and nuns. Nuns were harassed and their hair pulled as they were being dragged from the convent monastery which as then destroyed. One local monastery Abbot was temporally incarcerated. These monks and nuns all have to live in private homes and have not able to find private employment because official intimidation.

The Archbishop and his Archdiocese is still being denied status as an official Orthodox religious intuition. Their appeals to the Government have been denied. Appeals from outside of Macedonia (FYROM) should be directed to the Prime Minister of Macedonia (FYROM) Mr. Nikola Gruevski, and to the Embassy of the United States of America in Skopje.

Embassy of the United States of America
Bul. Ilinden bb
1000 Skopje
Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)
Tel: +389 2 311 6180 (0 -for Switchboard Operator);
Fax:+389 2 311 7103;

Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski
Bul. Illinen bb
1000 Skopje
Republic of Macedonia (FYROM)
Fax: +389 2 311 2561

Under these conditions Archbishop Jovan continues to live his Holy Orthodox Faith with great dignity and with love.

Therefore good and Christ-loving friends: Your good works are needed at this hour so that we can bring some means of hope and peace to the Venerable Archbishop Jovan and his Archdiocese. The St. Herman Brotherhood in Platina, California has been willing to offer their help with the blessing’s of Hieromonk Gerasim Abbot. In this way the Archbishop and his Archdiocese can receive assistance and support, and they can receive donations that would reach this Archdiocese through a private bank account.

All of us can help in support of the Archbishop Jovan Fund by sending donations of your choice to the Archbishop Jovan Fund. Please send your loving donations to the following address:

The Archbishop Jovan Fund
St. Herman Brotherhood
P.O. Box 70
Platina, California 96076

Please make all checks and money orders payable: Archbishop Jovan Fund. If you would like to have a receipt for your donation please indicate this to the St. Herman Brotherhood.

At the same hour please humbly remember in your prayers: Archbishop Jovan and his Archdiocese.

Thank you and God bless you!

Live and love your Holy Orthodox Faith everyday!

Peace to you and peace to your souls!

You’re Ever-memorable Brothers in Christ our Lord,
+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
+Archpriest Victor Potapov
First Vice President
+Hieromonk Damascene
Second Vice President
St. Herman Brotherhood
Who all pray for you! 6/15/06 Boise, Idaho USA

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