Last week, we reported on the devastating Easter fire that ravaged the Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in NoMad. It was unclear at first whether this would mean the end for the parish — at least at that specific location — and the loss of its wonderful gothic structure.
While the parish of Saint Sava is mourning the loss of its gathering place, already its grief is being transformed into new hope for the future. Saint Sava is reportedly looking to rebuild on the same site with the old building structure in place, but is currently waiting to hear from engineers as to the feasibility of the plan.
For now, the church is collecting donations to help with the rebuilding and to carry them through until they can return to their own worship space.
The NoMad Alliance, along with all of us here at experiencenomad.com, encourages you to donate what you can to assist our neighbor in this time of urgent need. For the Serbian Orthodox community, St. Sava was not only a church, but it also served as its community center and a focal point for the Serbian Orthodox religion in the United States. In fact, St. Sava’s was the second largest Serbian Orthodox church in the world. For its NoMad neighbors, St. Sava was one of the architectural gems and historical landmarks that make NoMad the special place it is.
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The congregation of Saint Sava has found a temporary refuge at St. George’s Episcopal Church on East 16th Street, which opened its doors to them for worship services. Of course, there’s no place like home, and it will take years and many more donations for Saint Sava to be rebuilt. Sadly, the parish had just finished a multimillion dollar restoration of the cathedral, its roof in particular, just before the fire broke out. But despite the recent tragedy and the challenges ahead, the congregation remains resilient and hopeful.
As congregant Zorka Milich promised to the Wall Street Journal, “Like a phoenix, we will rise.”