We are the First Canonically Established Orthodox Church that was established in and for the New World or North America. We were chartered Feb. 2, 1927 by the Russian Orthodox Synod of Bishops in North America. They appointed one of their own, the Syrian Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh to head the new American Church. We were incorporated on Feb 1, 1928 by Abp. Ofiesh.
We are open to inquiries from Orthodox and Catholic clergy as well as those of the Episcopal Church USA and others.
Any clergy accepted into this jurisdiction must use only the approved liturgies of this Church and they must obey the canons.
In orthodoxy a bishop may not go out and lay hands on anyone he wants to for his diocese or for the Church without a mandate from the synod and in this church it must also be approved by the Patrarch.
We now have documented proof, not only from our archives but also from the
ethnic Orthodox in America, that no independent groups claiming to be the
Society of Clerks Secular of St Basil or the AOCC are or could be us under any
name. All such claims are clearly false. Continued claims are lies and proof
these episcopi vagants are frauds. True clergy do not have to lie about who they are.
July 24, 2009 was the 43rd Anniversary of the repose of Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh of Blessed Memory.
We seek members and clergy from all walks of life. If you have no Church home please consider us.
As a canonically established Orthodox Church who is recognized by both the Roman Catholic Church and the Episcopal Church USA we are the closest Church to the old world ethnic Churches available today. We are not a uniate Church and are not under the Pope of Rome. We are under Patriarch Nikon of the American Orthodox Patriarchate. Most non-scoba orthodox today in this country make various claims about their status and recognition but appear to be part of the independent movement. Those who seek to be part of a sacramental Church outside the old world Churches need to look no further. America is our canonical jurisdiction! As the American Church we offer all in doubt, lost or those who have fallen away from their former Church a new home if they willingly submit to the Patriarch & Synod.
We also use "Catholic" as "Universal" since we are Orthodox from the old world Russian Church, Moscow Patriarchate.
We oppose war as an instrument of oppression and enslavement. We support our troops and we remember those who have given their lives in the Armed Forces.
The majority of the clergy and directors oppose
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American Orthodox Patriarchate
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