St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church located at 9191 Mississippi Street in Merrillville, Indiana will celebrate its 102nd Anniversary taking place Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.

The celebration will begin with Divine Hierarchical Liturgy Officiated by His Grace Bishop Longin and Visiting Clergy beginning at 10:00 a.m. followed by an Anniversary Banquet and Program in the St. Sava Event Center beginning at 12:30 p.m.

The program will feature posting of Colors/National Anthem, SSS. Karageorge Choir, recognition of Church Organizations, introduction of guests, and a performance by the St. Sava Folklore Group Srbadija.

A keynote speech will be provided by special guest speaker Milana “Mim” Bizic.

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Milana “Mim” Bizic

Milana (“Mim”) Karlo Bizic earned a B.S. degree in three (3) years from the University of Pittsburgh where she had a four-year scholarship; a Master’s Degree in 1967; School Library Certification in 1970; and Gifted and Talented Certification in 1981.

Her professional experience includes teaching all Elementary grade level students K-6;  Teaching Graduate level courses for Penn State University (Beaver Campus for nine years until 1994), Carlow College and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, where she taught fellow educators how to creatively integrate computers into their curriculums across all disciplines and all grade levels, K-12; working as a Supervisor of Student Teachers for the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) after she retired from working 40+ years teaching in the public schools, most notably for Quaker Valley School District.

Honors received by Milana (“Mim”) Karlo Bizic include:

  • Serbian Unity Congress Honoree-1995- 96
  • Serb National Federation Person of the Year 2008;
  • "Kuma" for St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Church, Aliquippa, Aug., 2012
  • Tesla Science Foundation Leadership Award, Philadelphia, June 28, 2014
  • Named #16 of the 100 most influential Serbs in the world (Srba u Svetu) March 1, 2016 by Blic

According to Dr. Milena Tatic-Bajich of Chicago, IL, “Mim is one of the best ambassadors of the Serbian community that we have.  Not only is she poised to let us know what it means to be Serbian, but to be proud of the fact even in an age where it may not be so popular.   She truly knows what it means to connect in a real way.  The real way is through her own heart and soul and through her living a Serbian life while in America and several generations removed.”

102nd Anniversary Schedule of Events

  • 10:00 a.m.
    • Divine Liturgy and Parastos, Laying of Memorial Wreath
  • 12:30 p.m.
    • Anniversary Banquet and Program in the St. Sava Event Center
    • Posting of Colors/National Anthem
    • S.S.S. Karageorge Choir
    • Recognition of Church Organizations
    • Introduction of Guests
    • St. Sava Folklore Group
    • Keynote Speaker – Milana “Mim” Bizic