Holy Trinity
Serbian Orthodox Mission

The Mission

The Holy Trinity Serbian Orthodox Mission was officially established by His Grace Bishop Dr. MITROPHAN in 2000 as part of the Eastern American Diocese of the Serbian Orthodox Church. His Grace blessed the chapel and served the first Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on April 15, 2000. Since then services have been held normally twice per month.

The mission is especially sensitive to the number of people who have worked in the mines in West Virginia through the years and the men, women and children who have suffered due to mining accidents. Prayers were offered at the memorial in Mononagah on December 6, 2001 for those who lost their lives in the mining castatrophe in Monongah early last century.

The cemetery in Monongah shows that Serbian immigrants came to Monongah, West Virginia a century ago. Nick Illich, resident of Fairmont, West Virginia, has a strong interest in the cemetery in Monongah and helped clean it at one time with Fr. Svetozar Veselinovich.

Fr. Veselinovich once served the Divine Liturgy at the home of Nick and Rose Illich in Fairmont, West Virginia. Fr. Milan Sturgis from St. George Church in Carmichaels at one time served Divine Liturgies in Fairmont. +Proto Slobodan Prodanovich, when he was the parish priest at the St. George Church, was known to travel to West Virginia to help build up the St. George Parish. Fr. Adam Yonitch also was among former priests at St. George Church who would make trips to the homes of Serbian Orthodox Christians in West Virginia.

Pearl Zivkovich of Fairmont, West Virginia and Maria Djonovich of French Creek, West Virginia , both members of St. George Church in Carmichaels, attend the Holy Trinity Mission on occasion.

Fr. Rodney Torbic

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