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St. Peter and Paul Serbian Orthodox Church: 110 Year Anniversary

Brief Church History

St. Peter & Paul Serbian Church was organized in 1911 on 1634 Kendall Street, South Bend, primarily by immigrants from in and around Lika. The Cornerstone was laid by the Very Rev. Markovich. The Church on Kendall Street was completed in 1912 and the first divine liturgy was served with several priests including the Very Rev. Odzich. A hall was built in 1927 and a home was purchased for the priest and his family in 1940. Our Church School was formed in 1950 by Fr. Klipa. In 1955, Fr. Djuro took over and under his leadership 22 acres of land was purchased with plans for a new church, and a new hall was built in 1962. Our Kum, Milo, for this year’s celebration, helped with the legal matters related to parceling out the land and planning for a new church to be built. On August 28, 1977, our Church on Kendall Street burned, with virtually everything being destroyed save our baptism font, which had to be refurbished. The Cornerstone of our Keria Trail church was laid in 1978 with Consecration occurring in September 1979. Our current priest, Fr. Vladimir and his family moved to our Parish from Hibbing, MN in February 2016.

Anniversary Schedule: Saturday, July 24, 2021

• Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with His Grace, Bishop Longin, Fr. Vladimir, Fr. Sasa, Hieromonk Fr. Raphael, Fr. Tom and Fr. George, Protodeacon Milovan, Subdeacon Stefan

• Immediately after Divine Liturgy join us in the hall for Tamburitza music and Hors d’oeuvres

• Luncheon

• Speeches and recognition of our honored Kumovi, Sally and Milo Arsenovich

• Dancing and fellowship until 5:30

Kumovi for our AnniversarySally and Milo Arsenovich

Milo’s family moved into the area in the 1920’s and their progeny have been members for most of the years since. Milo served as an altar boy for Fr. Djuro in the old Kendall Street church. After attending Law School, Milo moved back to the area and resumed attending Sts. Peter and Paul. Sally grew up in Lorain, OH and attended St. George Serbian Orthodox church. After attending Ohio State, she moved to Michigan and began working at Whirlpool. It was Fr. Suka who introduced Milo and Sally and were wed (2nd couple married in new church) in 1980. They both have been SNF members throughout their lives and very active participants in church life. They both volunteer for all aspects of church life. Most recently Milo served on the church board and Sally as Church Auditor. They recently moved to Temperance, MI. 

Sponsors: 

(Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver…2 Corinthians 9:7)

Periodontics and Implant Dentistry, PC—Branko Alavanja, DDS, MSD

  • Branko, Lauren, Aleksandar and Oliver

TMT Automotive of Bremen and Granger

  • Mike, Serena, Tony, Anne, Luke, Layla, Abe and Cole

Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

  • Congratulations on you 110th Anniversary: Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

Georgia Bricker

Volunteers:

 (The greatest among you will be your servant…Matthew 23:11)

Mike Stanisic, Mary Jane and Irv Morse, Vera Vuckovich, Mara and Stefania Balaban, Georgia Bricker, Diane Bernhardt, Branko Alavanja, Boonsri Oklak, Gil Staffend, Phil Michael, and Michael Klevickas

Reader: Stevo Michael