Diocese of Mexico (OCA)

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The Orthodox Church in America Exarchate of Mexico is a missionary diocese of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Its territory includes parishes, monasteries, and missions located in four states (Chiapas, México, Jalisco, and Veracruz) in Mexico and the Mexican Federal District. The diocesan chancery is located in the Mexican Federal District.

Origins

The exarchate had its origins in the Mexican National Catholic Church that was a Mexican reactionary movement away from the colonialist Spanish Roman Catholic Church. The Mexican church was led by Bishop Jose (Cortes y Olmos) of Mexico City. Leading his church to Orthodox Christianity, he petitioned the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, in 1971, for acceptance into the Orthodox Church. The church, of some 10,000 persons, was accepted as an exarchate by the Holy Synod in 1972, and Bp. Jose was consecrated as its first bishop. After Bp. Jose's death the diocese remained without an administrator until the consecration of Archimandrite Alejo (Pacheco-Vera) as the new Administrator/Bishop of Mexico City on May 28, 2005 (see Timeline of Orthodoxy in America).

The current Exarch of Mexico is Archbishop Dmitri (Royster), who also is the Archbishop of the Diocese of the South, played an active part in the acceptance of Bp. Jose's group into Orthodoxy and the establishment of the exarchate.

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The current deaneries of the Exarchate of Mexico are:

  • Mexico D.F. (Federal District) – covers Mexico City
  • State of Mexico
  • State of Jalisco
  • State of Veracruz
  • State of Chiapas

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