Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America

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The Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America (in full, the "Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America") is the sole jurisdiction of the Church of Antioch in the USA and Canada with exclusive jurisdiction over the Antiochian Orthodox faithful in those countries, though these faithful were originally cared for by the Church of Russia in America (indeed, the first bishop consecrated in North America, St. Raphael Hawaweeny, was consecrated by the Russian Orthodox Church in America to care for the Orthodox Arab faithful in the USA and Canada).

After the Bolshevik Revolution threw the Russian Orthodox Church and its faithful abroad into chaos the Orthodox Arab faithful in North America, simultaneously shaken by the death of their beloved bishop St. Raphael, chose to come under the direct care of the Patriarchate of Antioch. Due to internal conflicts, however, the Antiochian Orthodox faithful in North America were divided between two archdioceses, those of New York and Toledo.

In 1975 the two Antiochian Orthodox archdioceses were united as one Archdiocese of North America (now with its headquarters in Englewood, New Jersey). Since then it has experienced significant growth through the conversion of a number of evangelical Protestants (both individually and as congregations) and also through ongoing evangelization and the immigration of Orthodox Arabs from the Middle East. Its current primate is Metropolitan PHILIP (Saliba), who has six other diocesan bishops assisting him in caring for the nine dioceses of the growing Archdiocese, which is the third largest Orthodox Christian jurisdiction in North America.

On 9 October 2003 the Holy Synod of the Antiochian Orthodox Church granted the Archdiocese's request to be granted self-rule/autonomy to allow it to better govern itself, improve and increase its outreach efforts, internally organize itself into several dioceses, and progress further on the road to the administrative unity of the Orthodox Church in the Americas.


The diocesan bishops for the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America are:


Metropolitan PHILIP (Saliba) of New York and Washington, D.C. (Locum Tenens of the Diocese of New England)

Bishop ANTOUN (Khouri) of Miami and the Southeast

Bishop BASIL (Essey) of Wichita and Mid-America

Bishop JOSEPH (Al-Zehlaoui) of Los Angeles and the West (Locum Tenens of the Diocese of Eagle River, Alaska)

Bishop THOMAS (Joseph) of Pittsburgh and the East

Bishop MARK (Maymon) of Toledo and the Midwest

Bishop ALEXANDER (Mufarrij) of Ottawa, Eastern Canada and Upstate New York


See also: Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America

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