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The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America

Canonically Chartered 1927 - Incorporated 1928

We are Traditional Eastern and Western Rite


We are working on a church project and need to raise funds. If all goes well and as planned we offer a copy of the Rudder to any donors of $150. or more.

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NOTICE: This website contains Historic Church information


The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America.
Short Name "American Orthodox Catholic Church"
A/K/A The American Orthodox Patriarchate (since 2003)

Registered Service Mark

Our 1927 Logo & First Registered Service Mark

Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh
Presiding Archbishop

Bp. Ignatius

Thank you for visiting our site. The information that follows is about this historic Orthodox Church, Holy Scripture, Orthodox Canons and Traditions.

Abp. Ofiesh Photo's

Abp. Victor Photo's

MATT 7:13
Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in there at: that the above verse is regarding the wide road to destruction and the narrow path to "life".

The clergy of this canonically established Orthodox Church HAVE TRUE AND VALID SACRAMENTAL AUTHORITY! We have not prayed with the Schismatics.

We are the only canonically established Eastern Orthodox Church within our rightful jurisdiction, North America, according to the Oct 1933 Newspaper Article published about our first Synod.

Please note - We no longer use the webtv or msn email addresses. All email correspondence should be to Thank you


We are a small canonically established Church organized to serve the English speaking Orthodox in America (the new world). The intent appeared to be the anchor church for the Moscow Patriarchate and other Orthodox Churches in the new world but instead they turned their back on this church and created a schism.

We are seeking two bishops for ranking positions within the North American Holy Synod. We seek those qualified to take the position of Patriarchial Vicar. They must be active within their church, have clergy under their care and be Orthodox.

We are accepting applications from clergy who have lost their bishop, desire to join a canonically established Church who follows Holy Scripture, the canons and traditions of the Church

We seek clergy who are serious about their ministry and have no history of child or sexual abuse and who are honest and not accused of stealing from their previous church.

Reasons to consider this church;

First - The reason to seek incardination into this Church is We are canonically established!

RE: Independents: There are many independent clergy today who in their heart understand that in an independent church they are less likely to see church growth and recognition as they are. They need to be incardinated into a canonical or canonically established church. We can accept such clergy if they show they are active in a ministry and not just paper clergy. Also with the canonical church the may be ordained into true and valid Holy Orders and they would then have Orthodox Sacramental authority to administer the Mysteries (sacraments).

Second: We Welcome Applications for Incardination from canonical clergy
We can accept you from the schismatic churches and you would again be offering true and valid Mysteries

We welcome your inquiries for incardination. Due to some bad experiences in the past we are slower in considering the applications. We will not accept those with sexual related charges made or pending against them. We require bishops to know the canons and all clergy to obey the canons. We require a mandate for any ordination from the synod. No bishop has sole authority to ordain anyone. Some former clergy believed it was within their right to ordain anyone they wanted to without a mandate.

The Holy Synod, after much prayer and consideration, has decided to consider applications from clergy within our canonical jurisdiction only unless they are under a bishop within our jurisdiction.

Letter from Abp. Victor

Letter from Chorepiscopus Andrew

Ordination Requirements

Our Liturgies

Guns and War

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I hereby attest that the information posted on this copyrighted website is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.

Anyone who feels there is an error on this website may email us at:

Archbishop Victor
True successor to Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh
Corporate President
The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America
Chartered by the Russian Synod of bishops in North America (Moscow Patriarchate) 1927
Incorporated by Archbishop Ofiesh - 1928

Clergy Shirts & vestments

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American Orthodox Catholic Church our short name as shown in the 1927 Church constitution. Any other group who uses this name is not associated with us, are illegally using our name which is one of our service marks and are likely part of the independent movement falsely claiming to be us or to have our lines. Since they are not part of us it is likely their "sacramental authority" is not valid.

If your confused by all the claims that this group or that make that they are the original Church that was headed by Achbishop Ofiesh or such claims please click this link for more information. Also visit our Official Documents link above as it contains the certified copies of our corporate documents proving we are the original Church that was canonically established.


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Archbishop Ofiesh,
Martyr & Confessor of America
Feb. 16, 2011

Our A.O.C.C. Logo and seal for the American Orthodox Catholic Church, our commonlaw service mark - This name has been in use since 1927 and our Patriarchate logo, a commonlaw Service Mark in use since 2003

The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and
Apostolic Church in North America
American Orthodox Catholic Church

Archbishop Victor
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 121,
Sudan, Tx. 79371 USA


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Former Registration - 2002

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