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'''The [[Church of Albania]]''' is one of the [[autocephaly|autocephalous]] Orthodox churches whose territory consists of the Republic of Albania.
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His Beatitude the Most Reverend [[Metropolitan]] '''[[Ireney (Bekish) of New York]]''' was born on [[October 2]], 1892, in Mezhirech in Lublin province, which today is in southeast Poland.  After graduating from seminary, he [[marriage|married]] and was employed as a [[reader]], until 1916 when he entered the [[clergy]]. After [[ordination]] as a [[deacon]], he was ordained a [[priest]] by [[Bishop]] Seraphim of Belsk on [[August 1]], 1916.  On [[March 20]], 1952, Fr. John arrived with his family in the United States and was assigned as the priest of Holy Trinity Church in McAdoo, Pennsylvania. On [[March 31]], 1953, his wife Xenia died and was buried in the Holy Trinity cemetery in MacAdoo.
  
The '''Church of Albania''' as a church using the Albanian language is a latecomer to an ancient region of Europe. The heritage of the Byzantine Roman Empire that resided in the areas in which Albanians lived meant that Greek was the language of their churches. It was only in recent times, that is, the last hundred years or so, as nationalism came to the forefront in the Balkans that the idea came of an independent Albanian country in which the Orthodox church would use Albanian as its liturgical language. The idea of an Albanian liturgical language was in part realized through the efforts of an Albanian Orthodox émigré in the United States of America who began translating the Orthodox services into Albanian, became an Orthodox [[priest]], and began using the Albanian translations among Albanian communities both in America and Europe. This was [[Theophan (Noli) of Durres |Fr. Theophan (Fan) Noli]] in 1908.
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After being elected Bishop of Tokyo, then a [[diocese]] in the Metropolia, Fr. John was [[tonsure]]d a [[monk]] on [[May 28]], 1953, and given the name of Ireney.   Transferred back to the United States on [[June 14]], 1960, Abp. Ireney was appointed Archbishop of Boston and of the Diocese of New England. He was also made a special assistant to Metr. Leonty who was aging and ailing. With Metr. Leonty's death on [[May 14]], 1965, Abp. Ireney was elected [[Locum Tenens]] by the Great Council of Bishops pending the election of a new Metropolitan.
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Under his leadership the central administration continued to mature and negotiations actively began with the [[Patriarch]] of Moscow to resolve the ill feelings that had developed since the Bolshevik Revolution, and which resolved into the granting of [[autocephaly]] to the Metropolia as the [[Orthodox Church in America]].  
  
  
 
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His Beatitude the Most Reverend Metropolitan Ireney (Bekish) of New York was born on October 2, 1892, in Mezhirech in Lublin province, which today is in southeast Poland. After graduating from seminary, he married and was employed as a reader, until 1916 when he entered the clergy. After ordination as a deacon, he was ordained a priest by Bishop Seraphim of Belsk on August 1, 1916. On March 20, 1952, Fr. John arrived with his family in the United States and was assigned as the priest of Holy Trinity Church in McAdoo, Pennsylvania. On March 31, 1953, his wife Xenia died and was buried in the Holy Trinity cemetery in MacAdoo.

After being elected Bishop of Tokyo, then a diocese in the Metropolia, Fr. John was tonsured a monk on May 28, 1953, and given the name of Ireney. Transferred back to the United States on June 14, 1960, Abp. Ireney was appointed Archbishop of Boston and of the Diocese of New England. He was also made a special assistant to Metr. Leonty who was aging and ailing. With Metr. Leonty's death on May 14, 1965, Abp. Ireney was elected Locum Tenens by the Great Council of Bishops pending the election of a new Metropolitan.

Under his leadership the central administration continued to mature and negotiations actively began with the Patriarch of Moscow to resolve the ill feelings that had developed since the Bolshevik Revolution, and which resolved into the granting of autocephaly to the Metropolia as the Orthodox Church in America.


Recently featured: ROCOR and OCA, Pascha, Diocese of Washington and New York (OCA), Book of Kells, Archangel Gabriel, Alexis of Wilkes-Barre, Theophany, Nativity, Theological School of Halki, Alexander Nevsky. Newly featured articles are presented on Saturdays.

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