Fr. James Sizemore, Ohio National Guard chaplain, visits Serbia
VRANJE, SERBIA [MW Diocese Communications] — Lt. Col. James Sizemore, an Ohio National Guard chaplain attached to Saint Gregory of Nyssa Church, Columbus, OH, concelebrated the Divine Liturgy at Holy Trinity Cathedral, Vranje, Serbia on Sunday, June 17, 2018.
The invitation for Father James to participate in the Liturgy, with the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Pohomije of Vranje, stems from the strong, 12-year partnership between Ohio and Serbia which, for more than a decade, have partnered to promote regional stability and develop civil-military relationships as part of the Department of Defense State Partnership Program.
The following day, Father James and two Serbian Armed Forces chaplains, Priests Vedran Kostic and Goran Sandic, concelebrated an early morning multinational Divine Liturgy in the field for soldiers from Serbia, the United States, Montenegro, Romania, Bulgaria and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Before his return to the US on June 22, Father James also served a Panikhida at the Memorial Chapel for the Land Forces Headquarters in Nis, where he also met His Grace, Bishop Aresnije of Nis.