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American Orthodox Patriarchate

This is the index page for the Orthodox Monastery of the American Orthodox Patriarchate (Jurisdiction). We are the Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil® of The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America®.

We seek individuals interested in a monastic life within the first canonically established Orthodox Church in the New World. Please read on. Anyone interested in assisting the Church or monastery financially should read the benefactor page link on the next page.


It appears we must make the folowing statement before we proceed! This is a Synod requirement! Please note: This Church is the same original Canonically established Church headed by Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh that was Chartered Feb. 2, 1927 and Incorporated Feb. 1, 1928 in Boston, MA.

We have NOT re-incorporated an independent church using this name. Abp. Ofiesh is the first Archbishop of this Church. Some in the independent movement falsey claim they are this Church but changed the name. Only the North American Holy Synod would have that authority.

To the many true Orthodox christian men in independent holy orders and with Churches that are not part of a historic canonical Church.

If you are concerned that your Church or congregation does not grow or that you doubt your validity because your not associated with a canonically established Church then please consider the following;

a. We are a canonically established Orthodox Church.
b. We were established by the Synod of Bishops in North America of the Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate).
c. We were established Feb. 2, 1927.
d. We were incorporated on Feb. 1, 1928 and this same corporation continues today.
e. The first signature on our articles of incorporation is that of Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh.
f. We are the first canonically established Orthodox Church in North America.
g. We predate the OCA by 43 years.
h. Our purpose was to serve the English speaking Orthodox community in the new world as the American Orthodox Catholic Church.
i. The 1951 N.Y. Church - The Orthodox Catholic Patriarchate of America originally under Abp. Clement Sherwood merged with us.

j. We are mainy Western Rite Orthodox.

We are
The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America

...and we seek qualified clergy and seminary students interested in being a part of this canonically established Orthodox Church.



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