Genuine Orthodox Church of America

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The Genuine Orthodox Church of America (GOCA) is an independent Old Calendarist jurisdiction based in Buena Vista, Colorado which recognizes exclusively itself as Orthodox. It is not in communion with any jurisdiction but itself. It 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 wholly 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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