Nathaniel (Popp) of Detroit

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The Most Reverend Nathaniel, Archbishop of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate, presides over the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, an ethnic diocese of the Orthodox Church in America. He is also the founder and president of the St. Andrew House Center for Orthodox Christian Studies.

Abp. Nathaniel was born June 12, 1940, in Aurora, Illinois, to a family of Romanian heritage. In 1966, he was ordained to the priesthood in the Romanian Uniate Church. He soon left the Unia and, under the guidance of Archbishop Valerian (Trifa) of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America, converted to Orthodoxy on February 15, 1968. After residing in a monastic community for several years, Fr. Popp became the rector of a parish in Hermitage, Pennsylvania.

On November 15, 1980, Fr. Nathaniel was consecrated Bishop of Dearborn Heights, as an auxiliary bishop to Abp. Valerian. He served as bishop until 1984, when Abp. Valerian retired. On November 17, 1984, Bishop Nathaniel became the ruling hierarch of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America. On October 20, 1999, the Holy Synod of the OCA elevated him to the rank of archbishop.

Archbishop Nathaniel traveled to Romania in May 2003, where he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Oradea.

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Nathaniel (Popp) of Detroit
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Bishop of Dearborn Heights
1980–1984
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Valerian (Trifa)
Archbishop of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate
1984–present
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