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Diocese of Sitka

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The '''Diocese of Alaska (OCA)'''—in full, the '''Russian Orthodox Diocese of Alaska'''—is a [[diocese]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]]. It is currently under the administration of Metropolitan [[Herman (Swaiko) of Washington and New York]], assisted by Bishop [[Benjamin (Peterson) of San Francisco]]. Its territory includes the American state of Alaska.
The diocese has, since 2007, been struggling with a crisis regarding the leadership of its bishop, including allegations of abuse against both the bishop and the diocesan chancellor, Archimandrite [[Isidore (Brittain)]]. His Grace, the Right Reverend [[Nikolai (Soraich) of Sitka and Anchorage|Nikolai (Soraich)]], the diocesan bishop, was placed on a leave of absence beginning March 4, 2008, which was rescinded shortly thereafter and then reinstated on April 17, 2008, become voluntarily permanent in May of 2008.
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