Archdiocese of Canada
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The Orthodox Church in America Archdiocese of Canada is an archdiocese of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Its territory includes parishes, monasteries, and missions located in eight provinces and territories in Canada—Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, Saskatchewan, and Yukon. The diocesan center is located in Spencerville, Ontario.
An auxiliary territorial See of the Diocese of the Aleutians and North America was established in Canada in 1916 with the installation of Bishop Alexander (Nemolovsky) as its bishop. In 1940, the See was elevated to that of a territorial diocese of the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church of North America (Metropolia). In 1954, the diocese was elevated to that of an archdiocese. In 1970, the Metropolia was granted its autocephaly, with the name Orthodox Church in America, with Canada as an integral Archdiocese.
The current Archbishop of Ottawa and Canada is the Most Reverend Seraphim (Storheim). He was consecrated auxiliary bishop of Edmonton in 1987, and became ruling bishop of the archdiocese in 1990. He was elevated to the rank of archbishop in Spring of 2007.
Currently, His Grace, Bishop Irénée of Quebec City is functioning as the Administrator of the Archdiocese of Canada.
The current deaneries of the Archdiocese of Canada are:
- Alberta Deanery
- British Columbia Deanery
- Manitoba Deanery
- Ontario Deanery
- Quebec Deanery
- Saskatchewan Deanery
- Seraphim (Storheim) of Ottawa, 1990-present (Administrator as auxiliary bishop of Edmonton 1987-1990)
- Sylvester (Haruns) of Montreal, 1963-1981 (Autocephaly for OCA in 1970)
- Anatoly (Apostlov) of Montreal, 1961-1962
- (Leonty (Turkevich) of New York Locum tenens of Montreal 1958-1960)
- Nikon (deGreve) of Toronto, 1952-1958 (Canada named an Archdiocese 1954)
- (Leonty (Turkevich) of New York Locum tenens of Montreal 1951-1952)
- Anthony (Tereschenko) of Montreal, 1947-1947
- Joasaph (Skorodumov) of Calgary, 1938-1946 (Canada named a Diocese in 1940)
- Jeronim (Chernov) of Eastern Canada, 1936-1937
- Emmanuel (Abo-Hatab) of Montreal, 1927-1933
- Arseny (Chavtsov) of Winnipeg, 1926-1927
- Apollinary (Koshevoy) of Winnipeg, 1924-1925
- Alexander (Nemolovsky) of Winnipeg, 1916-1919 (Canada was named an Auxiliary See of the Diocese of the Aleutians and North America in 1916)
Earlier pre-Auxiliary See bishops
- Evdokim (Meschersky) of the Aleutians (1915-1916)
- Platon (Rozhdestvensky) of the Aleutians (1907-1914)
- Tikhon (Belavin) of the Aleutians (1898-1907)