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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

Registered Service Mark

Our 1927 Logo & First Registered Service Mark

Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh
Presiding Archbishop

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

After the Bible quote please read on.


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 thereat:
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
Ye shall know them by their fruits.
Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine (Jesus), and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

Note that the above verse is regarding the wide road to destruction and the narrow path to "life".

Today we have many who claim to be in Holy Orders and to have Sacramental Authority but do not.

We have Schismatic Eastern Orthodox groups who by their involvement in the schism have lost any authority they had. When you have created or prayed with those who have created a Schism you lose all sacramental authority.

We also have so many independent groups who claim one thing or another but are not who or what they claim to be. Examples include all those who claim to be in the lines of this canonically established Church but are not. Others claim they were established by this Patriarch, Synod, Exarch or the like from one of the Eastern Churches but were not. They are not recognized by the Schismatic Scoba groups because their claims are false and the SCOBA groups are in contact with the leaders and have access to the actual records.

The leaders of various Churches may have established a group when they claim but these independent's are not part of that original group.

We heard one independent group decided to change their claim and claim they are the group that was headed by our former Auxiliary bishop Ignatius back in 1934. It was no a canonical group since Ignatius had walked away without the required letters. He later left Orthodoxy (1942) but some still claim he laid hands on this person or that after he left the Church.

The above lead you to the wide road. Is that the road you wish to follow?

We are the one true American Orthodox Catholic Church, our short name since 1927, that was established by Charter from the Russian Synod of Bishops in North America (of the Moscow Patriarchate) in 1927. Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh was appointed first Archbishop of the Church and in 1928 he incorporated this Church. All other groups claiming our name(s) are not us and probably not canonical or canonically established. Due to the 1929 schism created by the ethnic churches we are the only orthodox church in our canonical jurisdiction. A schism ends the sacramental authority of the Church and clergy in schism. These schismatics have failed and refused to repent all these years and continue to attack this Church and violate the Sacred and Divine canons by allowing priests to attack the memory of a long dead Canonical Archbishop. If you are a member of a schismatic church the canons direct your punishment.

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

In Oct. 1933 a NY World newspaper article about this Canonically estabished Church stated we are the only Orthodox church in our rightful jurisdiction (North America). To the best of our knowledge not one of the SCOBA church groups ever denied this statement. None have denied our claim that they created the Schism in American Orthodoxy either. Their unchristian past is catching up to them.


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 bishop's 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.

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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.

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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

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

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 is the original Church that was headed by Archbishop 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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Our A.O.C.C. Logo for the American Orthodox Catholic Church, our commonlaw service mark - our name's have been in use since 1927 and our Patriarchate logo and commonlaw Service Mark in use since 2003

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

Archbishop Victor
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