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Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America

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In North America, the Diocese has successfully integrated many pious, talented, and successful Albanian Orthodox immigrants into positions of leadership in her established communities in Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas. In addition, His Excellency serves a Mission Parish in Toronto and made outreach to other communities in Montreal, Washington, Baltimore, and Florida a priority with the hope that they may also be able to form permanent Albanian Orthodox churches in the near future. For the time being, however, it only consists of three parishes in the United States and a mission in Canada. Additionally, a chapel in Stowe, Vermont has been dedicated by His Excellency to St. Katharine of Alexandria on private land for use by one of the clergy families. The Most Reverend Ilia also recently accepted under his omophorion the St. Nicholas Orthodox Academy of Reno, NV which is staffed by diocesan clergy.
In 2019, in recognition of the numerous contributions of Bishop Ilia to Orthodoxy in North America, Albania, and elsewhere, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Constantinople elevated him to the title of Titular titular Metropolitan of Philomelion.
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