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American Orthodox Catholic Church

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Epilogue
[[Image:Mariam Ofiesh grave.jpg|right|thumb|250px|Grave of Mariam Namey Ofiesh]]
In 1995, an [[Independent Orthodox churches|independent]] group claiming the corporate rights to the names "The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America" (THEOCACNA) and "American Orthodox Catholic Church" (AOCC), regarding the church itself as having been "held in Locum Tenens due to lack of clergy" from 1966 to 1995[http://www.geocities.com/theocacnainc/trace.htm], formed a new holy synod and included Mariam Namey Ofiesh (whom they regarded as the ''[[locum tenens]]'') among the members of its board of directors. It has since declared itself successively a metropolitanate (1997) and then a patriarchate (2003). In 1999 it suffered a major internal schism when four of its bishops broke from it and claimed the name for themselves. In the same year, Mrs. Ofiesh retired from the board and departed this life the following year.
In 1995, a new synod was seated who the ethnic like to claim are an [[Independent Orthodox churches|independent]] group with all the corporate rights to the names "The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America" (THEOCACNA) and "American Orthodox Catholic Church" (AOCC), regarding the church itself as having been "held in Locum Tenens due to lack of clergy" from 1966 to 1995[http://www.geocities.com/theocacnainc/trace.htm], included Mariam Namey Ofiesh (whom they regarded as the ''[[locum tenens]]'') for a better name among the members of its board of corporate trustees of the Original 1928 corporation Aftimios incorporated as a legal entity. It has since declared itself successively a metropolitanate (1997) and then a patriarchate (2003). In 1999 it suffered a major internal schism when four of its bishops broke from it and claimed the name for themselves. In the same year, Mrs. Ofiesh retired from the board and departed this life the following year. In 2007, the group threatened published canonical punishment against those who hold the so called false mainstream interpretation of the history of the American Orthodox Catholic Church (i.e., that Aftimios was deposed, the jurisdiction dissolved, etc.)- all undocumented, just claimed.[http://www.geocities.com/theocacna/Decree.htm]. Much Some of the group's website is dedicated to claims of their legal identity and canonical authenticity and especially their being a canonically established church as well as to their registration of various names their original name and logo as a service marksmark. This was required because the ethnic orthodox remained silent for so many years allowing so many claims by independent episcopi Vagants to reflect poorly on Abp. Ofiesh of blessed memory and his church.  In 2008 North American Holy Synod of his church declared Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh a Martyr for the Faith. An Icon was written: Aftimios Ofiesh, Martyr and Confessor of America. His Church does not consider him a saint as many independents do.
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