jurisdiction=[[Church of Constantinople|Constantinople]]|
1967| bishop=[[Ilia (Katre) of Philomelion|Bp. Ilia]]|
hq=Las Vegas, Nevada|
The '''Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America''' is a [[jurisdiction]] of the [[Church of Constantinople|Ecumenical Patriarchate]] in the United States. Its current leader is [[
Bishop]] [[Ilia (Katre) of Philomelion]], who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
After the Albanian communist government was formed in the wake of World War II and also after the destruction of the [[ Church of Albania]] in 1967, Orthodox Albanians living in the [[diaspora]] (most of whom were in the US) found themselves without canonical protection. Most American Albanians formed the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America, which now belongs to the [[OCA]] as its [[Albanian Archdiocese (OCA) |Albanian Archdiocese]].
A small group of Albanian faithful in the US instead preferred to become part of the jurisdiction of Constantinople in the US and thus formed the Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America, which currently consists of two [[ parish]] es, one in Chicago and the other in South Boston , Massachusetts.
The [[ diocese]] is also a member of [[SCOBA]].
==External links== *[http://www. goarch.org/en/otherpatriarchal/alb.asp Albanian Orthodox Diocese] at the website of the [[ Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America| GOA]] *[http://www.cnewa.org/ecc-bodypg.aspx?eccpageID=44&IndexView=toc Eastern Christian Churches: Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America ], by Ronald Roberson, a Roman Catholic priest and scholar