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As a spiritually-based, Orthodox Christian woman, Ariane had dedicated her life to three abiding principles: Faith & Devotion, Hope, and Charity & Love. These stories are shared below and more fully exemplify Ariane’s dedication in honoring her past, sustaining the present, and preserving the future. She has also created a way to help support the people of Serbia who undergo great strife.
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Faith & Devotion
Ariane deeply treasures the Orthodox Christian faith her Serbian parents baptized her into. She encourages everyone — Serb or not — to learn of the honorable and courageous Christian history of her Serbian Orthodox people.

She feels the former Serbian Patriarch Pavle of Blessed Memory said it best:
“Always have in mind whose descendants you are and remember which path your ancestors took to arrive in the Kingdom of God, always humane and as the people of God. We should also take that path and really be worthy descendants of our ancestors. Everything will pass, but the soul, honor and what is good remain forever.”

Because of her devotion to Orthodox Christianity and her dedication, Ariane supports the work of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund, a non-profit organization founded in Boise, Idaho, where she serves as an active board member, and assists Serbian foreign students in America from Serbia.
 
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Father Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes, President of
Decani Monastery Relief Fund and Boise, Idaho parish priest

Hope

Ariane has always cherished her Serbian heritage. She is passionate about raising awareness for the Serbian Orthodox people, and continues to champion causes that support her Serbian Orthodox faith. She serves on the board of directors of The Decani Monastery Relief Fund. Her book, “I Shall Remember Thy Holy Name from Generation to Generation,” shares her personal journey and awakening to the beauty of the history of her Serbian parents and ancestors, and most of all her faith.

The Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes, president of The Decani Monastery Relief Fund, visits Kosovo and Methohija regularly, and delivers humanitarian aid to the Serbian Orthodox church and struggling Serbian families.

The Decani Monastery Relief Fund solicits contributions globally to sustain its work in Kosovo and Metohja, Serbia, especially that of the Decani Monastery in Kosovo, where turmoil has lead to homelessness and poverty. By supporting the Serbian people, they are given hope instead of despair.

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Serbian children in Kosovo received Ariane’s artwork from
Fr. Nektarios Serfes.

Some areas the fund continues to aid are: providing daily lunches to schools; providing shoes and clothing for youth; supporting soup kitchens and bakeries; rebuilding of seminaries, monasteries, and churches in the region; providing for special needs of the elderly; providing electric bills; providing firewood; financing necessary medical and surgical procedures; helping to purchase farm equipment and livestock; and providing scholarships to the university of Northern Kosovo when applicable.

For those who wish to contribute to the relief fund, visit
thedecanifund.org. And, for those who would like to learn more about Kosovo and Methohija, order “The Christian Heritage of Kosovo and Methohija” published by the Episcopal Council of the Serbian Orthodox Church in North and South America. Visit the Western American Diocese website at westsrbdio.org to purchase one.
 
Charity & Love

Ariane's love of God, her Orthodox Christian faith, and her Serbian heritage continues to be a core value in her day-to-day life. And, because of this she extends her work beyond artistry to that of appealing for contributions to help her ancestral land of Serbia.

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With a long lineage of service to God and country, Ariane’s grandparents, Lt. Colonel Velibor Dobrić and Darinka Kocić Dobrić, and her great grandfather, The Very Rev. Trandafil Kocić were instrumental in leaving a legacy of dedication to those principles of which they held dear. (The Very Rev. Trandafil Kocić was murdered at Surdulica in 1915 for simply being a Serbian Orthodox Christian priest. Her upcoming book, “I Shall Remember Thy Holy Name From Generation to Generation,” is dedicated to his memory.) Ariane also aspires to emulate her Serbian ancestors in their love and devotion towards God.
     The Very Reverend Trandafil Kocić
            Ariane’s Great Grandfather
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Lt. Colonel Velibor Dobrić and Darinka Kocić Dobrić
Ariane’s Grandparents

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Ariane with the Gramota. Paintings pictured with her are, left to right,
“Apostolic Succession” and “St. Nikolai (Nikolaj) Velimirović, Apostle from Lelic.”

 

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Serbian Orthodox Christians in Kosovo


The two paintings pictured in the photograph above are available for sale in smaller, unframed giclée canvas reproductions (9.5” w x 13” h) and may be purchased for $200 each.

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Shipping is $25 for domestic orders and added at the time of purchase. For those who require overseas shipments, please use the Contact form to discuss options. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Decani Monastery Relief Fund. For a larger view of each of the images, go to the Gallery page.
$100 of each sale goes to the Decani Monastery Relief Fund to support the suffering Orthodox Christians in Kosovo. Please consider helping an area of the world that has been forgotten!
The fund continues to help the Serbian people as their situation is dire and even the basic needs are constantly a challenge. Monies for electricity, food, shelter, and more make life difficult. Rural and mountain regions feel the stress most. But, this is often offset to one degree or another by the Decani Fund as it provides these necessities. Soup kitchens often mean the difference between sustenance and starvation. Decani recently purchased a truck to help get to those whom they serve.

During a visit to Serbia in 2014, The Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes took one of Ariane’s paintings, “St. Nikolai (Nikolaj) Velimirović: Apostle from Lelic, Serbia (1880-1956),” and presented it to Abbess Anastasia of Devich Monastery. Ariane felt so moved by the work of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund that she could not think of a more fitting way to honor it than to have her painting given to the Abbess of Devich Monastery.
In the fall of 2014, Ariane had the honor to receive a Gramota (an official letter of recognition from the Orthodox church) for her “loving support and efforts in the fundraiser of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund,” its president, The Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes, shared with her on October 20, 2014. It came with the blessings of Bishop Theodosije Sibalic who serves as the diocesan bishop of Raska-Prizren and Kosovo-Metohija.

The award document read: “For all that she has done as a board member of the Decani Monastery Relief Fund in helping the Church of Christ and especially the suffering Serbian Orthodox Christians in Kosovo-Methohia.”

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Abbess Anastasia (left) of Devich Monastery receives from
The Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes the portrait of
St. Nikolai (Nikolaj) Velimirović painted by Ariane Trifunovic Montemuro.