Archive for Septembrie, 2007

The Heritage Center Holds General Assembly

On March 1st, 2007 the „Valerian D. Trifa Romanian-American Heritage Center“ held its annual General Assembly of its voting members.
The meeting was attended by an overwhelming majority of the voting members (64 of a 71 existing votes), in person or by proxy.

The General Assembly debated the main issues that confronted the Heritage Center during the last year, adopted its budget (bare bones one) and debated projects for the future. It was reported that in 2006 the „Valerian D. Trifa Romanian-American Heritage Center“ was issued the „Award for Excellency“ by the „Asociaţia Romana pentru Patrimoniu“ (The Romanian Association for Patrimony) of Bucharest.

The President, Archdeacon David Oancea and the Historian, Mr. Alexandra Nemoianu, presented their respective activities. In the reports there were mentioned, among other facts, the better relations between the Heritage Center and the „Valerian D. Trifa trust,“ the fact that the last annual appeal for support; October 2006, had an outstanding good response (compared with the previous year), the increase of the Heritage Center’ collections, the publication of the Historian’s new book. In his comments, His Eminence,
>>>>>the Heritage Center>>>>>

Septembrie 2, 2007 at 2:17 am

The Romanian-American Heritage Center

… To promote, foster and encourage the understanding of the Romanian immigrant in the United States and his role in the social and cultural stream of American life; … To create and maintain a centralized place for the gathering of publications, literature and memorabilia relating to the Romanian immigrant; …To make available information about the Romanian immigrant and his impact on the democratic society of our country; …To print, publish, distribute and circulate books, pamphlets, periodicals, papers and magazines in connection with the activities of the Heritage Center; …To provide for the delivery and holding of exhibitions, public meetings and conferences calculated directly or indirectly to advance the understanding of the Romanian-American heritage in the United States. The Romanian-American Heritage Center is mainly an archive of historical records relating to Romanian immigrants. As such, it is interested in collecting and ensuring the presentation of any material or document pertaining to the Romanian-American ethnic group.
If you have or know the whereabouts of the following categories of historical documents, please contribute them to the
>>>>>the Romanian-American Heritage>>>>>

Septembrie 2, 2007 at 2:17 am

Alexandru Nemoianu: „An Example and a Source of Inspiration“

The Romanian-American community is the result of a few major waves of immigration. Before World War I was the generation of the „mia şi drumul“ (a thousand dollars and the fare home) which was followed by the immigrants who arrived between the wars. They in turn were followed by the refugees after World War II, and by those who settled in the United States in the last few decades.
Each of these waves of immigrants had its own characteristics, but it is a fact that the first immigrants were those who accomplished the most; and, even more importantly, laid the foundations of what is today the Romanian-American community.

The Romanians started to come in a larger number after 1900. They started to come after they heard in letters from their Saxon and Hungarian neighbors that America was a very rich country with unlimited opportunities.

Those who immigrated at the beginning of the century intended to stay in America only a limited period of time, enough to earn some money and the fare home. With that money, they planned to pay debts, to buy land and to build houses.

The majority of the first Romanian immigrants were from Transylvania, Banat and Bucovina, at that time parts of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire, and they were subjected to numerous national and social persecutions. That circumstance was also one of the reasons
>>>>>Alexandru Nemoianu>>>>>

Septembrie 2, 2007 at 2:16 am

Valerian Trifa: „The Orthodox Church Today 1964“

(Continued from last issue)

In 1945, the Metropolitan of Sophia, Stefan, was elected Exarch and soon after, the Ecumenical Patriarch recognized the autocephalous status of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church within the limits of the Bulgarian Republic.
The Bulgarian Church, like other Churches behind the Iron Curtain, was faced lately with the problem of adjusting itself to new conditions dictated by Communist governments. The Church became separated from the State religious instruction in the public schools is prohibited and any social services of the Church are outlawed.

The Bulgarian Church counts about 6,000,000 faithful. In 1940, there were 2,742 Parishes, 2,381 Priests and eleven Dioceses.

The supreme legislative authority in the Bulgarian Church belongs to the National Council composed of Bishops and elected representatives of clergy and laity. In its structure, the constitution of the Bulgarian Church is hierarchical and also democratic. Church leaders are elected, not nominated, but the Holy Synod of Bishops has the sole authority in all matters of strictly religious nature.

From May 10,1953, the Metropolitan of Sophia assumed the title of Patriarch. At the present time, the Patriarch is the former Bishop of
>>>>>Valerian Trifa>>>>>

Septembrie 2, 2007 at 2:15 am

Livia Dragila: „The Story of My Life“

I was born on February 18,1907, in a small town on the Danube River. I was told that the day was „un ger mare,” even the Danube froze. In my little city there was a high school and a court house. The residence of the nearby villages (nine of them) would come to the city to conduct business and use the court house. There were three churches in the city: one Romanian Orthodox, one Roman Catholic and one Serbian Orthodox Church. The Romanian Orthodox and Catholic Churches were located on the main street of the town. The Serbian Orthodox Church was located on a back street. Once, in 1910, there was a terrible storm and a damn broke on the Danube. Because the streets near the river were along the bank, the Serbian church was flooded and the inside was full of fish.
We had two Romanian teachers in our local elementary school, even though we were under the jurisdiction of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. We were taught how to read and write in Romanian, but Romanian was only used in our religious classes. All other subjects were taught in Hungarian.

What I remember about life in my city was that in 1914, the army brought a „Big Bertha” into my city. A „Big Bertha” was an artillery piece which was invented by the Germans. The army used the gun to shell the Serbian town across the Danube. Our city was „kitty-corner” from the Serbian town of „Smedesevk.” When the gun was fired, all the doors and windows in the house had to left open. My mother woke up one night and
>>>>>Livia Dragila>>>>>

Septembrie 2, 2007 at 2:14 am

George Gavrila: „The Mission of Bishop Policarp Morusca“

Thirty-three years after the first Romanian Orthodox priest arrived in the Americas, the first hierarch to be the religious and spiritual leader of the entire Romanian Orthodox community in North and South America reached these shores.
As we well remember, Bishop Policarp was truly a humble and spiritual man, a religious leader but also a disciplinarian. He had come to head and to administer a group of churches and people, clergy and laymen, who themselves had not seen anyone quite like him before, or since they had left Romanian years ago. Not only that, many had never seen a Bishop let alone spoke to one.

With the Bishop’s installation in July of 1935, priests and laymen alike, both of whom before had been without a leader and who had made their own rules as they went along, were now pressed by the situation to accept the Bishop’s enforcement of canonical rules to regulate and establish the Romanian Orthodox Missionary Episcopate on a firm foundation.

The clergy, most of whom had been here from the early 20’s, reacted to him in a variety of ways: some were openly hostile while others were absolutely devoted.

Thus, after a few months, the Bishop looked at the unique patchwork quilt ensemble of parishes, personalities and organizations and tried to make
>>>>>George Gavrila>>>>>

Septembrie 2, 2007 at 2:13 am

Alexandru Nemoianu: „The Early History of the Romanian“

Without exaggeration, the early history of the Romanian-American group can be characterized as heroic, because it is heroic to come to a New World, to settle there, to adopt the ways of a totally new and unknown environment, and to lay the foundations of a community which continues to develop to this day. It is a historical period that should be admired for its brave and remarkable deeds, and a generation that remains as an example and a source of inspiration. It is a fact that the first Romanian-Americans were those who accomplished the most in the history of our group.
Romanians started to come to the New World in a larger number after 1900. They started to come after they heard through letters from their Saxon and Hungarian neighbors that America was a very rich country with unlimited opportunities. Those who immigrated at the beginning of the century intended to stay in America only for a limited period of time, enough to earn some money and the fare home. With that money, they planned to pay debts, buy land and build houses. In fact, that dream and that „plan“ illustrated how little those immigrants knew about the New World.
Only a fraction of those immigrants fulfilled the „dream“ of returning home; and, unfortunately, historical events made them bitterly regret that.
The real historical achievement of the first generation of Romanian-Americans was the initiation of the evolution of the Romanian-American group’s >>>>>Alexandru Nemoianu>>>>>

Septembrie 2, 2007 at 2:10 am

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În anii şaizeci şi şaptezeci ai veacului al XX-lea în cultura americană a intervenit o schimbare privind modul de înţelegere a căii prin care s-a alcătuit şi se alcătuieşte naţiunea americană.Conceptul „furnalului“ american (după care toţi cei veniţi în Lumea Nouă s-ar contopi într-o nouă entitate) a fost înlocuit cu o mult mai convingatoare şi înţeleaptă concepţie. Această concepţie afirmă că fiecare grup etnic şi-a adus şi îşi aduce contribuţia la a face America mai diversă, mai frumoasă şi mai puternică. >>>>>Alexandru Nemoianu

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INFORMATION BULLETIN EDITORIAL COMMITTEE : Most Rev. Archbishop Nathaniel , Chairman * Alexandru Nemoianu, Editor * Members : Archdeacon David Oancea * Hieromonk Calinic Berger, PhD. * Contributors : Joanne Bock , Ph.D . , Gh . I . Florescu , Ph.D ., Rev . Dr . Remus Grama , Traian Lascu , Alexandra Roceric Ph .D . , Aurel Sasu, Ph . D . , Rev . Dr . Cornel Todeasa OFFICERS : Most Rev . Archbishop Nathaniel , Chairman * Archdeacon David Oancea , President * Hierodeacon Calinic Berger, Ph.D. Vice President * Rev. Dr. Remus Grama , Vice President * Larissa Nemoianu, Secretary * Alexandru Nemoianu , Treastirer MEMBERS : Petru Lupsor , Mary Lynn Pac-Urar ( Legal Advisor ) , Alexandru Nemoianu , Secretary Resident Hislorian TRUSTEES : Most Rev . Archbishop Nathaniel * Hierodeacon Calinic Berger, Rev. Dr. Remus Grama, V . Rev . Fr . Laurence Lazar , Petru Lupsor , Alexandru Nemoianu , Larissa Nemoianu , Archdeacon David Oancea , Mary Lynn Pac-Urar , Armand Scala ________________________ * Continutul articolelor si studiilor publicate In "Buletinul Informativ " (inclusiv in editia on-line) este expresia opiniilor autorilor acestora si nu a Comitetului Editorial sau a "Romanian - American Heritage Center " ________________________ ____________________________

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