The Rev. Peter Bodnar participates in a service honoring St. Varnava in Merrillville. In the foreground rests an icon of the Gary-born saint.
The Rev. Marko Matic, of St. Sava Serbian Church, offers an icon for veneration while holding a cross for 5-year-old Elania Alekseev, of Hobart, after the vesper service honoring Saint Varnava, of Gary, the first Serbian American-born saint. The celebration was Friday at the church in Merril…
MERRILLVILLE | As St. Varnava was honored Thursday during a service at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, the Rev. Thomas Kazich explained how living in Gary impacted the saint.
From his childhood in Gary to his death in Yugoslavia, St. Varnava always protected his faith and was dedicated to a Christian life. St. Varnava is the first American-born Serbian to be proclaimed an Orthodox saint, said the Rev. Thomas Kazich, who also is a Gary native.
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