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The Orthodox Church in America

Three other Orthodox jurisdictions of different ethnic backgrounds have come into full canonical union with the OCA, giving it a multi-ethnic character. These are an Albanian Archdiocese with 13 parishes and missions, a Bulgarian Diocese with 19, and a Romanian Episcopate with 92 worshiping communities.

There are six monastic communities under the direct jurisdiction of the Primate. The largest of these are New Skete Monastery for men and the affiliated Monastery of Our Lady of the Sign for women in Cambridge, New York, and St. Tikhon’s Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania. Twenty-one other OCA monastic communities and sketes in North America fall under the jurisdiction of the local dioceses.

At present the OCA administers three theological schools. St. Herman’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Kodiak, Alaska, was founded in 1973 for the training of Alaska Native clergy and church workers. St. Tikhon’s Seminary at South Canaan, Pennsylvania, was founded in 1937 and is affiliated with St. Tikhon’s Monastery. The largest and best known school is St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Crestwood, New York, established in 1938. In December 1994 the Orthodox Church in America was given use of the Church of St. Catherine in Moscow as its official representation to the Russian Orthodox Church.

In total, there were 551 OCA parishes and twenty monastic communities in the United States in 2010. In addition to the three ethnic dioceses that cover the United States and Canada, there are eight OCA dioceses in the United States and an Archdiocese in Canada, currently administered by Bishop Irénée of Quebec City (15 LeBreton Street North, Ottawa, ON, Canada K1R 7H1). The OCA also has a Mexican diocese with two parishes and one monastic community.

Metropolitan Jonah, who had served as Primate of the Orthodox Church in America since 2008, tendered his resignation to the OCA’s Holy Synod on July 6, 2012. On July 9, the Holy Synod appointed Archbishop Nathaniel of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate as the Locum Tenens of the OCA, and Bishop Michael of New York as the church’s temporary Administrator. Bishop Alexander of Toledo and the Bulgarian Diocese was appointed Locum Tenens of the Archdiocese of Washington. This temporary arrangement concluded on November 17, 2012, at a special All-American Council held in Parma, Ohio, with the election of Archbishop Tikhon of Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania (born Marc Mollard into an Episcopalian family in Boston in 1966) as new Metropolitan.

Location: North America
Head: Metropolitan Tikhon (born 1966, elected 2012)
Title: Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada
Residence: Syosset, New York, USA
Membership: 1,000,000

Last Modified: 27 Nov 2012

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