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Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America

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The '''Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America''' is a [[jurisdiction]] of the [[Church of Constantinople|Ecumenical Patriarchate]] in the United States. Its current leader is [[Bishop]] [[Ilia (Katre) of Philomelion]], (Vicar General since 1982 and Bishop since 2002) who lives in Boston, Chicago, and Las Vegas. In the first half of the 20th century, the Orthodox Albanian communities in America were loosely affiliated with one another, with six of fifteen communities claiming "independent" status and the others not incorporated as dioceses until after the Second World War. The return of Bp. Theofan (Noli) from exile in Germany in 1932 had reopened the discussion of the need for a canonical Albanian diocese in North America. [Metropolitan Theofan had been consecrated in 1922 as Bishop of Durres by the Church of Albania, which did not claim any jurisdiction in North America, Nevadaand thus could not gain recognition as head of a diocese in the Americas.]  
After the Albanian communist government was formed in the wake of World War II and also after the destruction of the [[Church of Albania]] in 1967, Orthodox Albanians living in the [[diaspora]] (most of whom were in the US) found themselves without canonical protection. Most American Albanians formed the Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America, which now is a [[diocese]] of the Orthodox Church in America ([[OCA]]) as its [[Albanian Archdiocese (OCA)|Albanian Archdiocese]].
A small group of Albanian faithful in the US instead preferred to become part of the jurisdiction of Constantinople in the US and thus formed the Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America, which currently consists of two [[parish]]es, one in Chicago and the other in South Boston, Massachusetts.
The [[diocese]] is also a member of [[SCOBA]].
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