Protopriest Father Aleksandar Bugarin
Father Aleksandar Bugarin
Father Aleksandar Bugarin was born the son of an Orthodox priest in the former Yugoslavia during an era of Communist rule in which Orthodox Christianity was not accepted and encouraged by the reigning government authorities.
Father Aleksandar serving Divine Liturgy.
His boyhood years were a relatively prosperous time in Serbia, and he grew up in a quiet neighborhood a short drive outside of the country's second largest city, Novi Sad. As a young man, he wanted to follow the footsteps of his father, Milos, and pursue the priesthood, but theological studies were not encouraged by the government. At the same time, the former Yugoslavia was facing instability with the fall of Communism, which would be followed by a decade of bitter political conflict and regional war.
He came to the United States in 1989 to attend the newly-opened St. Sava School of Theology in the Chicago area. Living in Libertyville, Illinois at St. Sava Monastery, he worked his way through seminary and received his Bachelor of Theology degree in 1992.
In May of 1994, he married Gordana Markovic, and in July of 1994 he was appointed to serve as deacon at St. George Church, then located in Kansas City, Kansas. He was later ordained and became parish priest in 1995.
Father Aleksandar has been the spiritual leader of the parish ever since. He lives near the church in Lenexa with Protonica Gordana, and their three children: Jelana, Stevan, and Kristijana.