Diocese of Alaska (OCA)

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==History==
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The territory of what is now the Diocese of Alaska was the beginning of the presence of Orthodox Christianity in the Western Hemisphere when Russian [[monk]]s arrived as [[missionary|missionaries]] to preach the [[Gospel]] of [[Jesus Christ]] to the indigenous peoples in the 1790s. This mission expanded into the formation of a series of dioceses and [[vicar]] [[see]]s that became the Archdiocese of the Aleutian Islands and North America during the first decade of the twentieth century with the territory of Alaska served by an assistant/vicar bishops.
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With the establishment of the diocese of the Aleutian Islands and North America, the position of an auxiliary/vicar [[bishop]] was established for Alaska, first held by Bishop Innocent (Pustynsky). When the [[Church of Russia]] granted autocephaly to the [[Metropolia]], the successor organization to the Archdiocese of the Aleutian Islands and North America, the territory of Alaska was organized as a [[diocese]] of of the new [[Orthodox Church in America]], with a diocesan bishop.
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==Diocesan bishops==
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*Vacant  2008 - Present
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*[[Nikolai (Soraich) of Sitka|Nikolai (Soraich) of Sitka and Anchorage]], 2002-2008
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*[[Gregory (Afonsky) of Sitka]], 1973-1995
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*[[Theodosius (Lazor) of Washington|Theodosius (Lazor) of Sitka and Alaska (OCA)]]  1970 - 1972
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==Pre-diocesan bishops==
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*[[Theodosius (Lazor) of Washington|Theodosius (Lazor) of Sitka and Alaska  1967 - 1970
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*[[Amvrossy (Merejko) of Pittsburgh|Amvrossy (Merejko) of Alaska]]  1955-1967
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*[[John (Zlobin) of Alaska]]  1945-1952
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*[[Alexis (Panteleev) of Alaska]]  1934 and 1944
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*[[Antoninus (Pokrovsky) of Alaska]]  1931 - 1934
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*[[Amphiilokhy (Vakulsky) of Alaska]]  1923 - 1931
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*Vacant  1917 - 1922
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*[[Philip (Stavitsky) of Alaska]]  1916 - 1917
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*[[Alexander (Nemolovsky) of Brussels|Alexander (Nemolovsky)]] of Sitka  1909 - 1916
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*[[Innocent (Pustynsky) of Alaska]]  1904 - 1909
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*[http://www.oca.org/DOC-PUB-NS.asp?SearchYear=&SID=34 The North Star] - Quarterly Diocesan Publication
 
  
 
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*[[Nikolai (Soraich) of Sitka|Nikolai (Soraich) of Sitka and Anchorage]], 2002-2008
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*[http://www.oca.org/DOC-PUB-NS.asp?SearchYear=&SID=34 The North Star] - Quarterly Diocesan Publication
*[[Gregory (Afonsky) of Sitka]], 1973-1995
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Revision as of 14:51, July 15, 2012

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The Diocese of Alaska (OCA)—in full, the Russian Orthodox Diocese of Alaska—is a diocese of the Orthodox Church in America. It is currently under the administration of Bishop Benjamin (Peterson) of San Francisco as locum tenens. Its territory includes the American state of Alaska.

The diocese has, since 2007, been struggling with a crisis regarding the leadership of its bishop, including allegations of abuse against both the bishop and the diocesan chancellor, Archimandrite Isidore (Brittain). His Grace, the Right Reverend Nikolai (Soraich), the diocesan bishop, was placed on a leave of absence beginning March 4, 2008, which was rescinded shortly thereafter and then reinstated on April 17, 2008. The leave become voluntarily permanent in May 2008, followed by his official retirement.

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History

The territory of what is now the Diocese of Alaska was the beginning of the presence of Orthodox Christianity in the Western Hemisphere when Russian monks arrived as missionaries to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the indigenous peoples in the 1790s. This mission expanded into the formation of a series of dioceses and vicar sees that became the Archdiocese of the Aleutian Islands and North America during the first decade of the twentieth century with the territory of Alaska served by an assistant/vicar bishops.

With the establishment of the diocese of the Aleutian Islands and North America, the position of an auxiliary/vicar bishop was established for Alaska, first held by Bishop Innocent (Pustynsky). When the Church of Russia granted autocephaly to the Metropolia, the successor organization to the Archdiocese of the Aleutian Islands and North America, the territory of Alaska was organized as a diocese of of the new Orthodox Church in America, with a diocesan bishop.

Diocesan bishops

Pre-diocesan bishops


Institutions

  • Ss. Sergius and Herman of Valaam Chapel in Spruce Island, AK
  • St. Herman's Seminary in Kodiak, AK
  • Outreach Alaska based in Wichita, KS
  • Protecting Veil of the Theotokos Community in Anchorage, AK
  • St. Yakov Center for Orthodox Christian Learning in Soldatna, AK
  • Russian Orthodox Museum in Anchorage, AK
  • ROSSIA Inc. - Russian Orthodox Sacred Sites in Alaska Inc.

Deaneries

  • Alaska Missionary Deanery
  • Anchorage Missionary Deanery
  • Bethel Deanery
  • Dillingham Deanery
  • Kenai Deanery
  • Kodiak Deanery
  • Russian Mission Deanery
  • Sitka Deanery
  • Unalaska Deanery

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