Protopriest Father Aleksandar Bugarin

Fr. Aleksandar Bugarin

Father Aleksandar Bugarin

Father Aleksandar Bugarin was born the son of an Orthodox priest in the former Yugoslavia during an era of Communist rule in which Orthodox Christianity was not accepted and encouraged by the reigning government authorities.

Fr. Aleksandar Bugarin

Father Aleksandar serving Divine Liturgy.

His boyhood years were a relatively prosperous time in Serbia, and he grew up in a quiet neighborhood a short drive outside of the country's second largest city, Novi Sad. As a young man, he wanted to follow the footsteps of his father, Milos, and pursue the priesthood, but theological studies were not encouraged by the government. At the same time, the former Yugoslavia was facing instability with the fall of Communism, which would be followed by a decade of bitter political conflict and regional war.

He came to the United States in 1989 to attend the newly-opened St. Sava School of Theology in the Chicago area. Living in Libertyville, Illinois at St. Sava Monastery, he worked his way through seminary and received his Bachelor of Theology degree in 1992.

In May of 1994, he married Gordana Markovic, and in July of 1994 he was appointed to serve as deacon at St. George Church, then located in Kansas City, Kansas. He was later ordained and became parish priest in 1995.

Father Aleksandar has been the spiritual leader of the parish ever since. He lives near the church in Lenexa with Protonica Gordana, and their three children: Jelana, Stevan, and Kristijana.

Father Deacon Joseph Henre

Fr. Deacon Joseph Henre

Father Deacon Joseph Henre

Father Deacon Joseph Henre is a graduate of the Antiochian house of studies and School of Orthodox Theology, located in Englewood, New Jersey. He was tonsured a Reader in September of 2011, and a Subdeacon in May of 2014. Prior to immersing himself into the life of the Church, he served 32 years in law enforcement with the Kansas City, Kansas Police Department. He was ordained into the Deaconate on September 3, 2017 by his grace Bishop Sava. Fr. Deacon Joseph plans to continue assisting his spiritual father and mentor, Protopriest Father Aleksandar Bugarin, when and whereever needed. With God’s help, Fr. Deacon Joseph will continue his ministry at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, the church he attended as a child and grew up in. His wife, Djakonitsa Theresa is very supportive of Deacon Joseph and all that he has accomplished. They have three sons together, the eldest being an Orthodox Priest in Waco, Texas, and the other two are serving in law enforcement in Kansas City, Kansas and Wyandotte County.