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The Most Reverend Aftimios Ofiesh,
Archbishop of Brooklyn

"There are two [denominations], one that is man-made with man-made laws. It is corrupt, false and misleading. It denies the will of the Living God, that reveals itself to the heart of man. It makes slaves and bond-servants of those who choose to obey it. There is another [denomination, the Church,] the only one for me, for it is the Church of Jesus Christ, imbued with His Spirit, attentive to the Word and Will of God. That is the Church I recognize."

-- Abp. Ofiesh, in a letter to the Editor of The Syrian World, June 12, 1933 [with translation corrected]

The Most Reverend Aftimios Ofiesh Archbishop of Brooklyn, New York 
for the Russian Orthodox Diocese of North America
elected February 2, 1927 as the first Primate of 
The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America, Inc. 
incorporated on February 1, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts


"Aftimios Ofiesh. Archbishop of Brooklyn
Oct. 22, 1880 - July 24, 1966
Loved Mercy. Did Justly. Walked Humbly with God."

From the headstone of Abp. Ofiesh, see Micah 6:8

The Church that was established by the Russian Orthodox Synod in North America (Moscow Patriarchate) and headed by Abp. Ofiesh continues today. This Church is not in communion with the other Orthodox Churches nor do we seek communion with them after they have harmed this church and stolen our property.  Metropolitan Victor is the present Primate and legitimate successor of Abp. Ofiesh.

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