Your support and generous assistance is greatly appreciated.

Jim Jatras
Director, American Council for Kosovo

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Special appeal from the american council for kosovo


A struggling Brotherhood of nine monks from Kosovo and Metohija and their spiritual father, His Grace, Bishop Artemije (retired), by God’s grace have been recently relocated to the beautiful 16th century Serbian Orthodox Monastery at Šišatovac (Шишатовац) in the province of Vojvodina, to continue their labors in God’s vineyard.   His Grace, Bishop Basil, their host, has made everything possible to welcome these pious monks from Kosovo.  He has opened his heart, as well as this monastery, long-abandoned and neglected during communist times and intended to have been converted into a museum, but now in the process of reconstruction and serving as a dormitory and new home for the Brotherhood.  The Brotherhood is grateful to God and to Bishop Basil for embracing them with his brotherly love.

Immediately upon the Brotherhood’s arrival at Šišatovac, flocks of pious laypeople from the surrounding area of Vojvodina have been drawn to this newly blessed shrine, to pray and receive blessings from the monks and Vladika Artemije.   But with these visits come reports of the precarious present living conditions in the monastery’s un-renovated state.  In particular, sanitary conditions (water and sewerage) and the heating system for the dormitory cells, require our urgent assistance and help before winter, as well as pressing everyday needs, such a modest food and utility expenses.  It is crucial that delivery of assistance begins before October 2010 and the onset of cold weather.

Local worshippers are determined to help the Brotherhood, but with their modest financial capacity it will take years of struggle to finish the reconstruction. Your assistance at this critical moment is urgently needed to help the Brotherhood and Bishop Artemije. Your tax-deductable donations will be delivered in full without any subtraction or cost.  The only goal is to keep this lifeline for the Brotherhood open.

Donations may be made payable to “Saint John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church” and earmarked on the memo line for “Brotherhood”, and mailed to:

Saint John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Church

4001 17th St., NW

Washington, D.C., 20011

More information about the Šišatovac monastery: English and Serbian.
More information about
Saint John the Baptist parish.

The American Council for Kosovo ( is an independent U.S. nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a better American understanding of the Serbian province of Kosovo and Metohija and of the critical American stake in the province’s future. The Council’s mission is to make accurate information and analysis about Kosovo available to officials of the Executive and Legislative branches of the U.S. Government; to think tanks, media, NGOs, religious and advocacy organizations; and to the general public. In particular, the Council’s educational activities will generate a heightened American awareness that an independent Kosovo forcibly and illegally detached from Serbia, as is now being contemplated by the international community would be harmful to U.S. national interests and to European and global security.

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