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The '''Serbian Orthodox Church in
the USA and Canada''' consists of four [[diocese]]s of the [[Church of Serbia]] (Serbian Patriarchate) that are governed by the [[Bishop]] of America and Canada Longin (New Gracanica Metropolitanate). The four dioceses of the [[Church]] in North America are : the Dioceses of Eastern (Bp. Mitrophan), Midwestern ( Metr. [[ Christopher ( Kovacevich) of Midwestern America| Christopher]]), and Western (Bp. [[Maxim (Vasilijevic) of Western America|Maxim]]) United States and the Diocese of Canada (Bp. [[Georgije (Djokic) of Canada|Georgije]] ).
Archimandrite Mardary was called back to Belgrade and consecrated by the Serbian Patriarch Dimitriye in April 1926 as head of the ''Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of America and Canada'', After his consecration, Bp. Mardary returned to the United States on [[May 8]], 1927. He convened the first Church Assembly in Chicago [[May 29]]-30, 1927. Against various problems Bp. Mardary continued organizing the diocese, although an advancing case of tuberculosis began to take its toll, resulting in his death on [[December 12]], 1935 at the age of 46. In 1940, Bishop Dionisije was assigned to the Serbian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of America and Canada in the United States with Hieromonk [[Fermilian (Ocokoljich) of Midwestern America|Firmilian]] as his assistant.
When World War II enveloped the Serbian Patriarchate in 1941 with disruptions of peaceful life, first by the Nazis and then by the Communists, disorder came to the American diocese. Yet the need was evident that the size of the
north American diocese prevented the ruling bishop from having close association with the far flung parishes. In 1963, The Holy Assembly of Bishops, at the request of the diocesan bishop, Bp. Dionisije, created three new dioceses and elected bishops to rule the diocese. However, this action also resulted in the [[deposition]] of Bp. Dionisije and a split among the Serbian Orthodox in America and litigation. Eventually, the reorganization was accomplished.
Through the years since 1963 a succession of bishops have served the dioceses. Today (
2009) the ruling bishops of the four dioceses are:** Eastern American Diocese - Bp. [[Mitrophan (Kodic) of Eastern America|Mitrophan (Kodic)]]** Midwestern American Diocese - Bp. Longin (Krčo)** Western Diocese - Bp. Dr. Maxim (Vasilijevic)** Canadian Diocese - Bp. Georgije (Djokic)** Metropolitanate of Libertyville-Chicago- Metr. Christopher
A seminary, the [[St. Sava's Serbian Orthodox Seminary (Libertyville, Illinois)|St. Sava Serbian Orthodox School of Theology]] is located at the [[St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery (Libertyville, Illinois)|St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Monastery]] in Libertyville, Illinois.
Eastern Orthodox Diocese of America and Canada is a member of the Standing Conference of the Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas ([[SCOBA]]) , represented by Metr. Christopher.
*Constance J. Tarasar, ''Orthodox America 1794-1976 Development of the Orthodox Church in America'', Syosett, New York, The Orthodox Church in America, 1975
*[http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/hierarchs/serbia/bios/fermilian_25th_anniversary.htm His Grace the Right Reverend †Fermilian]
* [http://www.easterndiocese.org/ Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America]
* [http://www.westsrbdio.org/ Serbian Orthodox Church, Diocese of Western America]