American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese

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name=American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese|
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jurisdiction=[[Church of Constantinople|Constantinople]]|
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type=Diocese|
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founded=1938|
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bishop=[[Nicholas (Smisko) of Amissos|Metr. Nicholas]]|
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see=Amissos|
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hq=Johnstown, Pennsylvania|
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territory=United States, Canada|
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language=English, [[Church Slavonic]]|
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music=[[Prostopinije]]|
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calendar=[[Julian Calendar|Julian]], [[Revised Julian Calendar|Revised Julian]]|
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population=50,000[http://www.cnewa.org/ecc-bodypg.aspx?eccpageID=41&IndexView=toc]|
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website=[http://www.acrod.org/ ACROD]
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The '''American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese''' (ACROD) is a [[diocese]] of the [[Ecumenical Patriarchate]] with about 75 [[parish]]es in the United States and Canada, led by Metropolitan [[Nicholas (Smisko) of Amissos]].  Though the diocese is directly responsible to the Patriarchate, it is under the spiritual supervision of the [[primate]] of the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]]. Its full name is the '''American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Diocese'''.
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==History==
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The diocese was founded in 1938 when a group of 37 Carpatho-Russian [[Uniate]] parishes were received into the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, having the year before officially renounced the Unia with Rome, primarily in protest over [[Latinization]]s occurring in their church life, particularly a 1929 papal decree mandating that Eastern Rite [[clergy]] in the US were to be celibate. 
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This move marked the second group of Carpatho-Russian parishes to return to Orthodoxy, the first having been led by St. [[Alexis of Wilkes-Barre]] into the jurisdiction of the [[OCA|Russian Metropolia]] in the 1890s.  This second return to Orthodoxy by Carpatho-Russians in America, under the spiritual leadership of Fr. (later [[Metropolitan]]) [[Orestes (Chornock) of Agathoniketa|Orestes Chornock]], was directed toward Constantinople rather than to the Russian presence in America primarily because of concerns about [[Russification]] which had occurred with the previous move.  As such, rather than being absorbed into the body of the Russian churches in America, the ACROD was permitted by Constantinople to keep its distinctive practices while removing Latinizations such as the [[Filioque]] from the recitation of the [[Nicene Creed]].
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==The ACROD today==
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Besides its 75 parishes, the ACROD has one [[seminary]] located in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, [[Christ the Saviour Seminary (Johnstown, Pennsylvania)|Christ the Saviour Seminary]].  The bulk of the diocese's parishes are in the United States, with one in Canada, and nearly half are located in Pennsylvania.  There was formerly a diocesan [[monastery]], the [[Monastery of the Annunciation (Tuxedo Park, New York)|Monastery of the Annunciation]] in Tuxedo Park, New York, but it was closed in the early 1990s.
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The diocese has 14 deaneries:
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*Canadian - Rev. Fr. Maxym Lysack
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*Chicago - Rev. Fr. Samuel Sherry
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*Florida - Rev. Fr. Michael Shuster
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*Johnstown - Very Rev. Fr. David Cochran
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*Mid-Atlantic - Very Rev. Protopresbyter Robert Rebeck
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*New England - Very Rev. Fr. Luke Mihaly
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*New Jersey - Very Rev. Protopresbyter Michael Rosco
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*New York - Very Rev. Fr. John J. Beskid
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*Pittsburgh - Very Rev. Protopresbyter John P. Gido
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*Pocono - Very Rev. Protopresbyter Lawrence Barriger
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*Southern Tier - Very Rev. Protopresbyter James Dutko
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*Tri-State - Very Rev. Fr. James A. Gleason, Jr.
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*Washington, D.C. - Rev. Fr. Miles Zdinak
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*Youngstown - Very Rev. Fr. Kenneth Bachofsky
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The diocese is also a member of [[SCOBA]].
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== External links ==
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*[http://www.acrod.org/ Official Website of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese]
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*[http://www.cnewa.org/ecc-bodypg.aspx?eccpageID=41&IndexView=toc Eastern Christian Churches: American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Church] by Ronald Roberson, a Roman Catholic priest and scholar
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[[Category:Dioceses]]
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[[Category:Ecumenical Patriarchate Dioceses]]
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[[Category:Jurisdictions]]
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[[Category:Orthodoxy in America]]
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