Synod Directory

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Patriarch Nikon

We demand obedience to the canons by all our clergy

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First Synod of Canonical Bishops

Abp. Aftimios Ofiesh
Reposed 1966

Bp. Sophronius Beshara
Resposed in 1940, remains moved from NY Mt Olive cemetery and reburied by Antiocians at Antiochian Village next to St. Raphael.

Bp. Joseph (Zuk)
left in 1933 to work with Ukrainians, reposed 1934

Auxilary Bishop Ignatius Nichols

was not listed as part of the synod. This is documented in the Newspaper article about the newly established synod in 1932. He was consecrated in 1932 as an auxilary bishop of this Church prior to this newspaper article and he is mentioned in this article but not as a member of the synod. He left THEOCACNA in 1933, without the required letters, as documented on Orthodoxwiki who claims he left to marry. He became pastor of a community church in 1942 and reposed as a protestant pastor in 1947 He did not ordain or consecrate as a bishop of this Church prior to leaving. In 1934 he was claiming to be an Archbishop of the Holy Orthodox Church in America, an independent group that was not canonical. No act after he left THEOCACNA was done with valid orders from this church or a mandate. We view Ignatius Nichols as an Episcopi Vagant after he left this canonically estabished Church.