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Diocese of Sitka

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[[Image:Alaska.png|thumb|right|Visual representation of the Diocese of Alaska]]
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 The Most Reverend Abp. [[Dmitri (Royster) of Dallas|Dmitri Archbishop of Dallas and the South]] as ''[[locum tenens]]'', assisted by Bishop [[Benjamin (Peterson) of San Francisco]] as diocesan administrator. 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of Sitka|Nikolai (Soraich)]], the diocesan bishop, was placed on a leave of absence beginning March 4, 2008, which was rescinded shortly thereafter and then reinstated on April 17, 2008. The leave become voluntarily permanent in May of 2008, followed by his official retirement.
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