Genuine Orthodox Church of America

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The '''Genuine Orthodox Church of America''' (GOCA) is an independent [[Old Calendarists|Old Calendarist]] [[jurisdiction]] based in Buena Vista, Colorado which sees itself as the only legitimate Orthodox church in America. They are in Communion with the Synod of Archbishop Makarios of Athens, who heads the true Orthodox Church of Greece. This can be seen by their links page on their website.  It is not in [[full communion|communion]] with any other body.  It is headed by Abp. [[Gregory (George) of Denver]].
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The '''Genuine Orthodox Church of America''' (GOCA) is an independent [[Old Calendarists|Old Calendarist]] [[jurisdiction]] based in Buena Vista, Colorado which sees itself as the only legitimate Orthodox church in America.  It is not in [[full communion|communion]] with any mainstream Orthodox body, but it does maintain communion with the [[Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece (Lamian Synod)|Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece]], headed by Abp. Makarios of AthensThe GOAC is headed by Abp. [[Gregory (George) of Denver]].
  
It was formed out of a group originally under the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]], which later joined one of the Greek Old Calendarist jurisdictions (1995), followed by the [[Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church]] (ROAC) (2000), and is now independent following the ROAC's deposition and excommunication of Abp. Gregory (2004).<ref name="ROAC1"> [http://www.roacusa.org/Protocol48.htm ROAC: Protocol № 48 July 2/15, 2004], accessed 28 July 2007</ref><ref name="ROAC2">[http://www.roacusa.org/Ukaz130.htm ROAC: Ukaz № 130]</ref>  With its history of being a part of various jurisdictions, the Genuine Orthodox Church of America tends to be in a constant state of hostility toward its former affiliations.
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The GOAC was formed out of a group originally under the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]], which later joined one of the Greek Old Calendarist jurisdictions (1995), followed by the [[Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church]] (ROAC) (2000), and is now independent following the ROAC's deposition and excommunication of Abp. Gregory (2004).<ref name="ROAC1"> [http://www.roacusa.org/Protocol48.htm ROAC: Protocol № 48 July 2/15, 2004], accessed 28 July 2007</ref><ref name="ROAC2">[http://www.roacusa.org/Ukaz130.htm ROAC: Ukaz № 130]</ref>  With its history of being a part of various jurisdictions, the Genuine Orthodox Church of America tends to be in a constant state of hostility toward its former affiliations.
  
 
The jurisdiction's bishop, [[Gregory (George) of Denver]] (born an [[AOCA|Antiochian]]), who was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated to the episcopacy]] in the ROAC, claims to be "the only hierarch in the United States who has remained free of any communion or union with this heresy of [[Ecumenism]] who has valid [[apostolic succession]]," and thus claims "to be truly canonical."<ref name="GOCA History">[http://www.gocamerica.org/history_canonicity.shtml Genuine Orthodox Church of America: History & Canonicity], accessed 28 July 2007</ref>
 
The jurisdiction's bishop, [[Gregory (George) of Denver]] (born an [[AOCA|Antiochian]]), who was [[consecration of a bishop|consecrated to the episcopacy]] in the ROAC, claims to be "the only hierarch in the United States who has remained free of any communion or union with this heresy of [[Ecumenism]] who has valid [[apostolic succession]]," and thus claims "to be truly canonical."<ref name="GOCA History">[http://www.gocamerica.org/history_canonicity.shtml Genuine Orthodox Church of America: History & Canonicity], accessed 28 July 2007</ref>

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The Genuine Orthodox Church of America (GOCA) is an independent Old Calendarist jurisdiction based in Buena Vista, Colorado which sees itself as the only legitimate Orthodox church in America. It is not in communion with any mainstream Orthodox body, but it does maintain communion with the Genuine Orthodox Church of Greece, headed by Abp. Makarios of Athens. The GOAC is headed by Abp. Gregory (George) of Denver.

The GOAC was formed out of a group originally under the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, which later joined one of the Greek Old Calendarist jurisdictions (1995), followed by the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church (ROAC) (2000), and is now independent following the ROAC's deposition and excommunication of Abp. Gregory (2004).[1][2] With its history of being a part of various jurisdictions, the Genuine Orthodox Church of America tends to be in a constant state of hostility toward its former affiliations.

The jurisdiction's bishop, Gregory (George) of Denver (born an Antiochian), who was consecrated to the episcopacy in the ROAC, claims to be "the only hierarch in the United States who has remained free of any communion or union with this heresy of Ecumenism who has valid apostolic succession," and thus claims "to be truly canonical."[3]

The jurisdiction is supported mainly by profits from the iconography and publishing work of its two monastic centers, Dormition Skete and Holy Apostles Convent, both in Buena Vista.

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