National Affairs: A Place to Worship

Peasant-born Stayka Petrovich worked as a domestic in Belgrade until 1950, when she was sent to New York as a servant for Yugoslav officials. A devout woman, Stayka always went to church in Belgrade despite official disapproval. In New York, she was specifically forbidden to attend church or befriend Serb-speaking Americans. After 18 wretched months she found Manhattan's Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of St. Sava, began to attend services regularly despite her orders. "I am so happy," she told the dean, Father Doushan Shoukletovich, "that I have found my church, for which I have been longing." Soon, her church-going discovered, she was...

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