Bulgarian Diocese (OCA)

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The '''Orthodox Church in America Bulgarian Diocese''' is one of three ethnic [[diocese|dioceses]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]] (OCA). Its territory includes [[parish]]es, [[Monasticism|monasteries]], and missions located in six states in the United States, as well as one province in Canada – California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario, and Washington, D.C.  Until his repose on [[June 17]], 2007, the [[bishop|archbishop]] of the Bulgarian Diocese was the Most Reverend [[Kyrill (Yonchev) of Pittsburgh|Kyrill (Yonchev)]], who also served as the Bishop of [[Diocese of Western Pennsylvania (OCA)|Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania]].
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Begun in 1965 as the [[Bulgarian Diocese in Exile]], the diocese was originally under the [[jurisdiction]] of the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]].  It had its origins in the decision of Metropolitan Andrei (Petkov), then head of the [[Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia]] (named at that time the ''Bulgarian Diocese of North and South America and Australia''), to regularize his relations with his [[Church of Bulgaria|mother church]], with whom he had broken after World War II and subsequently was elected to the rank of metropolitan.
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In the late 1950s, Andrei petitioned to be accepted into the [[Orthodox Church in America|Russian Metropolia]] but had been rebuffed by them for unclear reasons, so in 1964 he petitioned and was approved by the [[Holy Synod]] of the [[Church of Bulgaria]] to be readmitted to the Bulgarian episcopacy and continued to lead Bulgarian Orthodoxy in America.  One of his [[clergy]], [[Archimandrite]] [[Kyrill (Yonchev) of Pittsburgh|Kyrill (Yonchev)]], disagreed with his decision and was consecrated by the bishops of the ROCOR to serve as head of the [[Bulgarian Diocese in Exile]].  He had "considerable success in persuading several Bulgarian parishes to accept his authority, due in part to Metr. Andrei's advanced age" (Surrency, p. 95).
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In 1976, Bp. Kyrill and his diocese broke from the ROCOR and joined the OCA, thus creating its [[Bulgarian Diocese (OCA)|Bulgarian Diocese]].
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==External links==
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*[http://oca.org/News.asp?ID=1265&SID=19 Funeral services for Archbishop Kyrill announced]
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*[http://www.oca.org/CAdioceseBU.asp?SID=8 Bulgarian Diocese (OCA)]
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== Sources ==
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* Liberovsky, Alexis.  [http://www.oca.org/DOC-AAC-05-synopsis.asp?SID=12 ''Synopsis of the 5th All-American Council'']
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* Surrency, Archim. Serafim.  ''The Quest for Orthodox Church Unity in North America'', 1973
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[[Category:OCA Dioceses|Bulgarian]]
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