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Albanian Archdiocese (OCA)

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The '''Albanian Archdiocese''' of the [[Orthodox Church in America]] is one of the three [[Ethnic diocese|ethnic dioceses]] within the OCA. Its origin is traced back to the start of the autocephalous [[Church of Albania]] as both had a common beginning in the United States in the early twentieth century.
On [[October 14]], 1971, Bp. Stephen led most of the Albanian parishes into the OCA. Two parishes, which in 1949 had the formed the [[Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America]] under the [[Omophorion]] of the [[Church of Constantinople|Ecumenical Patriarch]] did not follow.
The former Fr. Nicholas Liolin was consecrated Bishop [[Nikon (Liolin) of Boston|Nikon]] of Baltimore, an [[auxiliary bishop]], as administrator of the Albanian diocese on [[May 25]], 2002. Bishop Nikon, upon nomination by the archdiocesan assembly, was elected by the Synod of Bishops of the OCA as Bishop of Boston and the Albanian Archdiocese on [[October 22]], 2003. In October 2005, he was also elected by the [[Holy Synod]] as the ruling bishop of the Diocese of New England (see of Hartford) and was installed on [[December 17]], 2005 with the new title of Bishop of Boston, New England and the Albanian Archdiocese. He was later elevated to the rank of Archbishop.
The diocese was under the leadership of His GraceEminence, the Right Most Reverend Nikon (Liolin), who reposed on [[September 1]], 2019. On September 10, 2019, the OCA announced that Metropolitan [[Tikhon (Mollard) of Washington|Tikhon (Mollard)]] will be the [[locum tenens]] for the diocese until a successor is found. The diocesan [[see]] is St. George Cathedral in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Albanian archdiocese in the United States has always been small in number. Its parishes are concentrated in the northeastern United States.
== Deaneries ==
There are thirteen eleven [[parish]]es and a mission in the [[diocese]]: five four in Massachusetts, two each in New York and Pennsylvania, and one each in California, Connecticut, Michigan, and Ohio. The parishes are organized into three [[Deanery|deaneries]] with the following territories:
* Great Lakes Deanery – Michigan, Northern New York, and Ohio

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