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Holy Orthodox Church in North America

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[[Image:Holy Transfiguration Brookline.jpg|right|thumb|300px|Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Brookline, Massachusetts]]
The '''Holy Orthodox Church in North America''' (or "HOCNA"; also known as "the Panteleimonites") is an [[Old Calendarists|Old Calendarist]] jurisdiction initially formed by former members of the [[Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America]] who joined the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]] in the 1960's in protest of the excessive ecumenical activities of Patriarch [[Athenagoras I (Spyrou) of Constantinople]] and Archbishop [[Iakovos (Coucouzis) of America]]. In 1987-1988, these communities left the ROCOR and following a brief period under two independent Old Calendarist bishops in Greece, were received by the Old Calendarist Synod of Archbishop Auxentios of Athens. HOCNA is not in communion with any mainstream Orthodox church.
Perhaps its Its most prominent community is [[Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Transfiguration Monastery]] in Boston, where the founder and former abbot, the retired Archimandrite Panteleimon (Metropoulos), is considered HOCNA's spiritual leader.
==HOCNA today==
The ''Holy Orthodox Church in North America'' is an Eparchial Synod with parishes and monastic communities in Canada and the United States, as well as Europe and AfricaCentral America. Today HOCNA consists of nine five monastic communities with a total of almost 100 monastics and 62 13 parishes with an estimated 6000 faithful. Their monastic communities are well known world wide for their incense, hand painted icons and mounted icon photographs, pure beeswax candles, vestments and clerical clothing. Also, since the founding of Holy Transfiguration Monastery, the brotherhood has dedicated themselves to producing translations of texts necessary for Orthodox Church life. Many books of the lives of the Saints and concerning matters of the Faith have been published. Especially, out of desire to benefit the Church, liturgical books of primary importance have been translated into English and published by Holy Transfiguration Monastery: ''A Prayerbook for Orthodox Christians'', ''The [[Pentecostarion]]'', ''The Great [[Horologion]]'', the complete 12-volume set of The [[Menaion]] and ''The [[Psalter]] According to the Seventy''. Some patristic works have also been translated and published, most notably ''The [[Ladder of Divine Ascent]]'', ''The Ascetical Homilies of Saint [[Isaac the Syrian]]'', and ''The [[Synodicon of Orthodoxy]]''. HOCNA has published ''The Struggle Against Ecumenism'', the most extensive history of the "True Orthodox Church" available in English[] and also has published a series of [ tracts] on the spiritual life, contemporary Church issues, and moral issues.
===Hierarchs, Metropolises and Parishes===
Today, HOCNA consists of Holy Transfiguration Monastery and an estimated 30 13 parishes throughout the United States and Canada, the most famous of which is St Nektarios American Orthodox Cathedral in Seattle, Washington[]. Administratively, HOCNA is divided into 3 metropolises - Boston, SeatleSeattle, and Toronto. HOCNA currently has five four hierarchs. All except one (Sergios) With the exception of Gregory, all were monks at Holy Transfiguration Monastery for ten years or more.
* Ephraim, Metropolitan of Boston, President of the Holy Synod
* Makarios, Metropolitan of Toronto
* MosesGregory, Metropolitan auxiliary Bishop of Portland* SergiosBrookline, Suffragan Bishop Locum Tenens of Loch Lomond (and abbot of St. Gregory the Metropolis of Sinai Monastery)Seattle* DemetriusAndrew, Suffragan auxiliary Bishop of CarlisleMarkham
In 2011, after several years of controversy over the autonomous canonical status of HOCNA and the relatively recent controversy regarding the posthumous salvation of non-Orthodox taught by Metropolitan Ephraim and Archimandrite Panteleimon, the entire Metropolis of Portland (along with its bishops, Metropolitan Moses and his suffragan Bishop Sergius) and all the parishes of the Metropolis of Toronto (without the cathedral and the person of Metropolitan Makarios), were received by the [[Genuine Greek Orthodox Church of Greece under the omophorion of Archbishop Kallinikos of AthensAmerica]]. Other clergy, including the dean of clergy of the Metropolis of Boston and rector of Holy Nativity Convent, also joined the GOC under Archbishop Kallinikos Genuine Greek Orthodox Church of America along with the above clergy and bishops.<ref>Fr. Panagiotes Carras. ''[ An Announcement].'' YAHOO! Groups - OrthodoxInfo. Fri Jun 3, 2011 2:35am.</ref> In 2012, after continuing disputes involving accusations of heresy against Metropolitan Ephraim and Archimandrite Panteleimon, and further revelations regarding the sexual abuse allegations against Archimandrite Panteleimon, a majority of parishes, Bishop Demetrios of Carlisle, and 17 monks of Holy Transfiguration Monastery leave HOCNA for the Genuine Greek Orthodox Church of America under Metropolitan Pavlos. ''[]]" On March 21, 2013, it was [ announced] that what remained of the Holy Orthodox Church in North America had entered into communion with the True Orthodox Church of Greece (Synod of Archbishop Makarios of Athens) as a "Sister Church".
===Monastic communities===
====United States of America====
*[[Hermitage of the Annunciation (York, Maine)|Hermitage of the Annunciation]], York, Maine
*[[Holy Apostles Hermitage (York, Maine)|Holy Apostles Hermitage]], York, Maine
*[[Holy Ascension Skete (York, Maine)|Holy Ascension Skete]], York, Maine
*[[Holy Transfiguration Monastery (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Transfiguration Monastery]], Brookline, Massachusetts
*[[St. Gregory of Sinai Monastery, Kelseyville, California|St. Gregory of Sinai Monastery]], Kelseyville, California
*[[Convent of the Meeting of the Lord (Stanwood, Washington)|Convent of the Meeting of the Lord]], Stanwood, Washington
*[[Holy Nativity Convent (Brookline, Massachusetts)|Holy Nativity Convent]], Brookline, Massachusetts
* [[Hermitage of St. Mary Magdalene (Warrenton, Virginia)|Hermitage of St. Mary Magdalene]], Warrenton, Virginia
*[ Holy Cross Monastery], Niagara Falls, New York
*[[Holy Theotokos Convent (Newmarket, Ontario)|Holy Theotokos Convent]], Newmarket, Ontario.
====Republic of Georgia====
*Holy Dormition Convent, Chubayevo, Chuvashia
== External links ==
===Official HOCNA Sites===
* [ HOCNA Metropolis of Boston] (Also [ here])* [ HOCNA Orthodox Christian Metropolis of Portland and the West]* [ Saint Nektarios Greek Orthodox Cathedral] of the Holy Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto* [ About Us] provided by Ss Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, where Metropolitan Moses serves. Parish listing on the same page.* [ HOCNA & The Orthodox: a publication of The Byzantine & Antiquities Studies Institute] - formerly the official website of HOCNA, now an independent publication.* [ Convent of the Meeting of the Lord] Candle Shop Webisite* [ St. Gregory of Sinai Monastery]Website
* [ Holy Transfiguration Monastery]
* [ Holy Nativity Convent]
* [ Holy Cross Orthodox Monastery]
* [ St. John the Confessor Orthodox Church], Ipswich, MA.
* [ St. Anna's Orthodox Church], Roslindale, MA.* [ St. Mark of Ephesus Orthodox Cathedral], Roslindale, MA.
* [ St. Philaret Orthodox Mission Chapel], Chicopee, MA.
* [ St. Seraphim of Sarov Orthodox Church], Mechanicsville, VA.
===Anti-HOCNA publicationswebsites and documents:===
* [ A website created by former members of Holy Transfiguration Monastery]
* [ Allegations against HOCNA on Pokrov website]
* [ Fr John Whiteford's articles about HOCNA]
* [ Collection of documents pertaining to the accusations of heresy and the scandals concerning Fr. Pateleimon by former clergy of HOCNA.]
* [ Open Letter of Fr. John Fleser of St. Anna's Orthodox Church (HOCNA) to Metropolitan Ephraim concerning the name-worshipping heresy and Fr. Panteleimon's admission of guilt regarding sexual abuse allegations.]
* [ Letter of Fr. Sergios, former monk of Holy Transfiguration Monastery, on the heresy and immorality of Fr. Panteleimon.]
* [ Facts about name-worshipping]
* [ Article in The National Herald], from the November 29, 2012 edition, on the sexual abuse charges against Fr. Panteleimon.
===HOCNA's Defense===

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