Groups That Use
But Are Not Canonical
Eastern Orthodox Churches
is an excellent definition of "canonical" from the web site of a canonical
Eastern Orthodox parish church: "Christ
the Saviour Church is a member of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox
Diocese, a canonical, autonomous jurisdiction of the Eastern Orthodox Church,
headquartered in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and under the protection of His
All-Holiness, BARTHOLOMEW I, pictured here. As 'the Archbishop of Constantinople,
New Rome, and Ecumenical Patriarch,' every canonical local or worldwide
Orthodox Church is in full communion with the Ecumenical Patriarch."
— Christ the Saviour American Orthodox Church, North Royalton, OH. (http://netministries.org/see/churches/ch06509)
If you are in doubt...
...about the purported canonicity of a particular jurisdiction, check this World Orthodox page maintained by the Orthodox Church in America. If the jurisdiction is not listed there, it most likely is not in communion with the worldwide autonomous and autocephalous canonical Orthodox churches.
Sects Ordaining Women - No comment is necessary. You know enough already. Case closed!
"Churches" and Groups That Target Gays
The Ukrainian Debacle - They boldly go where no Ukrainian has gone before.
For HOOM the Church Bell Tolls (Important Note: Most HOOMies have been assimilated into the canonical Orthodox Church in America, although some vestiges of the semi-occult group remain.)
The Holy Orthodox Church of North America (HOCNA) - Toronto, Ontario, Canada. HOCNA parishes. All you need to know about this group can be found at http://hocna.info. | Disturbing information about HOCNA from Pokrov.Org (if necessary, when asked for your user name and password, click the Cancel button twice).
Russian Orthodox Church in Exile - Masonville, Ontario, Canada. This jurisdiction was formed in late 2001 by Metropolitan Vitaly soon after he was retired as first hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR). Metropolitan Vitaly's action is most likely a protest over the thaw in relations between ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate. Metropolitan Vitaly is vehemently against ROCOR's rapprochement with Moscow.
The Family That Prays Together Runs Churches Together...
The following denominations in and around the Flint, Michigan, area, have the same clergymen and deaconesses (we have corrected all spelling errors):
~ End of "Family that Runs Churches Together" ~
Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church in America - Buena Vista, CO. Their history of their existence is a sight for sore eyes to read. Click here for The History of the Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church. According to sources, this is a schismatic group which, under the leadership of convicted child-molester Valentin Rusantsov (Met. Valentin of Suzdal), left the ROCOR on the pretext that the ROCOR was "ecumenist." Their exarch here is a fanatic named Gregory George (Bishop Gregory of Colorado). He was an Antiochian. He decided the Antiochians were ecumenists, so he went to ROCOR. He decided the ROCOR was populated with ecumenists, so he went to the Old Calendarists under Chrysostomos II. He decided the Old Calendarists were ecumenists, so he went to another Old Calendarist sect under Kallinikos. Kallinikos decided they wouldn't make George a Bishop, so he went to ROAC, and got made a Bishop. (If at first you don't succeed, try, try again!) This so-called autonomous "church" is more fanatical than the Matthewites. And they are also associated with the old Name-Worshipping heresy. See also: Challenging: The Russian Orthodox Autonomous Church in America.
True Orthodox Church of Greece - Location undisclosed (although the web address is Russian). The synodal statement says in part: "Our synod maintains the ancient Orthodox Christian Faith, and is not in communion with the State Church of Greece or any of the other jurisdictions of "World Orthodoxy" which have given themselves over to the heresies of Ecumenism and Sergianism. We follow the traditional Church Calendar, rather than the Gregorian Calendar, and for that reason are commonly called Old Calendarists." This separatist group claims to be in communion with the True Orthodox Church of Cyprus and the True Orthodox Church of Romania (no known web sites).
The United American Orthodox Church
- Location a secret.
On the "Meet the Bishop" page you will be introduced to Bishop David, the head of the United American Orthodox Church. Bishop David was born in Lansing, Michigan, and grew up in a neighborhood where the closest thing to "ethnic background" was related to whether your people came from Kentucky, or Tennessee. His family came from Kentucky. Needless to say, he was not exposed to Orthodoxy at a young age. He did, however, grow up in a Baptist family where prayer was an essential part of life.
Latin Orthodox Church of America - East Chicago, IN. This "Benedictine" group (last we heard canonical Orthodoxy had no "orders" in its monastic ranks) says, "We are the Latin orthodox Church of America and also the Latin Orthodox Benedictine Fathers. The West Roman Church ( now called the Roman Catholic Church) broke away from Orthodoxy,around the 10th century and the LOC retained , at that time, a Orthodox position as a body of Believers....they ( LOC) fled to Mt. Athos to preserve the original Orthodoxy of the West Romans.. Rome fled from Orthodoxy, we did not! If you go the affiliated American Old Roman Catholic Church web page, it will explain all that.
Orthodox Patriarchate of America (a.k.a. Holy Orthodox Catholic Patriarchate of America, a.k.a Orthodox Church of America, a.k.a. Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church) - New Albany, OH. Claims to have been canonically established in 1950 and claims to be a "member jurisdiction" of the world-wide Eastern Orthodox Church. This sect, run by a former priest of the Antiochian Archdiocese of America, claims to have played an "important role in the establishment of nearly every Orthodox jurisdiction in America." We wonder why the official histories of nearly every Orthodox jurisdiction in America doesn't mention this group! Follow some of the links in the left column of the sect's home page and you'll note that much has been borrowed from Roman Catholicism.
The Byzantine Catholic Church, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA. Although this sect does not have "Orthodox" in its name, its web site claims it is eastern rite and western rite Orthodox. The web site seems to consume more space with "justifications" for its existence than promoting the saving grace of Jesus Christ.
The German Orthodox Church - Jacksonville, NC. The web site has been defunct for a long time (thank goodness!). When the web site was available, our description was as follows: WARNING: This could be construed as a one-man "church" group only for white people. It's web site home page states: "The German Orthodox Church is a pacifist religious society of White people who cherish their ethnic and cultural heritage. The primary goal of the German Orthodox Church is to save the souls of White people from the darkness of sin and death. We encourage all White people to demonstrate their disapproval of violence, bloodshed, terrorism, and war by refusing to register for selective service or conscription and by refusing to participate in any type of military action, service, or support. We also encourage you to think for yourself, question everything, find your own answers, and live your life the way that you choose." On the Introduction page (click on link in left column) are these statements that some might construe as white supremacy (we make no such judgment): "...that the White Race is the Anointed and the Only Begotten of God, that all White people are born without sin, shame, or guilt, that our Recessive Genetic Code is our soul, that although the bodies of our ancestors die, the souls of our ancestors continue to live within our soul, that in time, the complex genetic combination that produced an ancestor will repeat itself again and reproduce or reincarnate that same White ancestor in a White offspring, that God covenants with us to give us forgiveness and eternal life if we possess and preserve the Token of the Holy Covenant, that our White skin is the Seal and the Token of the Holy Covenant, that our White body is the Holy Temple of God, that the White Race is not from planet Earth..." Also, click on the link The Writings in the left column, then click on the National Socialism link in the center column. Read for yourself, then you decide whether this is a white supremacist group: "It is an honor for a White person to be called a Nazi German."
Syro-Russian Orthodox Catholic Church, Romano Byzantine Synod (a.k.a. American Orthodox Catholic Church) - Duluth, MN. One must visit this web site and click on the "history" and "tenets of faith" links to attempt to grasp the meaning and history of this sect. Such defies explanation here!
Greek Pan Orthodox Archdiocese Church. See the Holy Ukrainian Autocephalic Orthodox Church in Exile in sunny, wealthy West Palm Beach, FL.
Holy Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Vasiloupolis - Queens, NY. The jurisdiction is also known as the Holy Orthodox Missionary Archdiocese of America, an archdiocese of the True Orthodox (Old Calendar) Synod of Archbishop Maximos of Athens and All Greece. This sect was founded by "Metropolitan" Pangratios Vrionis, who was allegedly defrocked as a priest by the canonical Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America in 1968, and pleaded guilty that same year to sodomizing two 14-year-old boys in Pennsylvania. A cohort of Pangratios is "Vicar Bishop" Kyrill (Esposito), reputedly consecrated by Pangratios in 1999. Kyrill is also allegedly professed in the Third Order of Carmelites, a Roman Catholic group, on October 20, 2000, at Great Martyr George Byzantine Rite Roman Catholic Church, Aliquippa, PA.
Genuine Orthodox Christians, Greek Orthodox Traditionalist Monastery of Sts. Michael and Demetrios - Dunmore, PA. In a rather long, 26-page exposition, we find this group attempting to justify its schism from canonical Orthodoxy. This sect may be related to the one immediately below.
Hellenic Orthodox Traditionalist Church of America, Holy Metropolis of the Greek Orthodox Church of America, a.k.a. Genuine Orthodox Church, and Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians - Astoria, Queens, NY. This is an old calendar group, the vestige of an ancient sect in Greece that has always been separate from the canonical Church of Greece. It was outlawed by the Greek government in 1924 and branded as uncanonical" and "heretical." This small sect itself brands the Orthodox who follow the new calendar as something akin to pawns of the Evil One, and those canonical jurisdictions that continue to use the old calendar as "pseudo-old calendarists" and "thirteendayists."
Church of the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece - Web site defunct. This group is probably related to the two immediately above.
Evangelical Orthodox Church - Seneca, MO. When this group's web site was functional, it fancied itself a Las Vegas-style wedding chapel!! Hear ye all from the web site: "The purpose of E.O.C. ministry is to bridge the gap between Evangelicals and Orthodoxy. To bring both traditions together so we can grow spiritually and learn from each other.
British Eparchy of the Celtic Orthodox Church, an "Orthodox" Church in Britain - York, United Kingdom. This sect says it was "established as the Orthodox Church of the British Isles in 1866, our historic Apostolic succession was derived from the Syrian Orthodox Church." Its primary liturgy is the incredibly long Liturgy of St. James. This denomination has raised a red flag with His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain, the canonical British Orthodox Church, an archdiocese of the Church of Constantinople.
Anglican Catholic Byzantine Orthodox Church - Poughkeepsie, NY. The web site of one of its parish churches states that this jurisdiction is “...an Autocephalous (self-governing) Jurisdiction comprised of both Eastern-Rite and Western-Rite Orthodox Christians, and even though we are diverse in the ways we worship the Triune God, we are completely united in the Faith of the undivided Church of the Apostles. Within the ARBOC Jurisdiction one will find the ancient Liturgies of the East and the West -- from the Divine Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and Basil the Great, the Sarum Liturgy, and the old Latin Mass (the so-called ‘Tridentine Mass’).”
The Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church, North American Synod - San Antonio, TX. This sect's single-page web site states that it is a self-governing, independent church. Also: "The Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church, North American Synod allows complete freedom of thought and inquiry to its lay members, it feels that it has a distinctive emphasis and outlook to offer to the world, and it welcomes all without prejudice on race, color, sex or sexual orientation. By expressing God's ultimate love for his people we acknowledge the celebration of the birth, passion, death, resurrection and ascension of our Master Jesus Christ. In our extended ministry through meditations, spiritual classes, home and hospital visitations we manifest the teachings of Jesus Christ by making God's love more physically present to his people."
Holy Christian Orthodox Church - Indian Orchard, MA. This sect seems to be a kind of all-inclusive religious belief system. The former web site noted: "The streams of Christianity are brought together during the Feast of Pentecost. Old Catholics, Charismatics, and Ancient Orthodoxy are blended together during a common liturgy exemplifying Christ's one Church."
English Nordic Orthodox Church of North America - St. Olav Orthodox Church [Western Rite], Minneapolis, MN. This group claims as its bishop a guy named "His Grace, Bishop +HARALAMPOS Young, Presiding Exarch in America for the 'Holy Orthodox Synod for Diaspora and Hellas (Old Calendar) ATHENS, Greece'." This is apparently a stand-alone single parish "jurisdiction."
The Orthodox Christian Fellowship of Mercy - Thonotosassa, FL. Who are they? The defunct web site stated: "Since the abbot is a bishop and the primate-elect of the American Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church, Holy Synod of the Americas, this should be our ecclesiastical jurisdiction. However, since Metropolitan Archbishop Vladimir Sergius II not only resigned but also dissolved the North Carolina corporation under which we had operated, it is questionable whether that jurisdiction exists any more. Therefore, pending any kind of reception within another jurisdiction or some other form of association with such an entity, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship of Mercy shall function as an independent Order. Since our abbot is also a bishop, we at least have the minimum requirement to continue our ministry. hile this is not an ideal situation, it is nevertheless an adequate one for now."
The Roman Orthodox Church - Grand Ledge, MI. The sect's pedigree says: "In 1984 the Roman Orthodox Church was established as a Western Rite Orthodox Church, under the canonical jurisdiction established by St. Aftimios Ofiesh in 1927. In 1989 the ROC received its status as an autocephalous and autonomous jurisdiction with a specific apostolate to reach out with a Benedictine expression of Holy Orthodoxy. For that first decade of growth, the new jurisdiction did not fully exercise its autocephally, preferring to mature under its paternal Jurisdiction. In 1999, however, the Roman Orthodox Church stepped forward as a fully independent, canonical jurisdiction. We are traditional, moral, and Christ centered . All clergy of the Roman Orthodox Church are Orthodox Benedictines. We strive to serve God through prayer and by meeting the physical and the spiritual needs of our neighbors."
Holy Trinity Celtic Orthodox Universal Life Church - Milwaukee, WI. It is no wonder the web site is defunt. It stated:"Holy Trinity Mission offers online baptism, chrismation, confession, and communion in their full mystical representation to those who are otherwise unable to receive the sacraments in person at our south side Milwaukee chapel, or another Orthodox church locally. We also offer custom designed Celtic wedding services in your choice of location, as well as last rights for your loved ones. Full Orthodox spiritual guidance and support is also our specialty. Please email me for any of the above services. For inquiries about joining our Celtic Orthodox path through church membership, ordination as a Reverend Father or Reverend Deacon, monastic opportunities, prayer requests, and for any questions about us, please touch my name below for the email link. We are a national movement, with parishes in Wisconsin, California, New York, and Missouri. We welcome all who ask for membership."
St. Joseph the Wonder-Worker Orthodox Chapel - Brooklyn, MI. Not very Orthodox: "We celebrate the Gregorian Liturgy. Spiritually akin to pre-Vatican II Theology and Tradition of Orthodoxy in a Western liturgical setting. Mary's House of Rosaries an affiliate of our parish supplies all religious articles for information contact us at: [deleted]."
Traditional Orthodox Christian Church - Santa Rosa, CA. There is little on this church's web site to indicate what it believes in, except for some remarks about Celtic Christianity.
Uniate Western Orthodox Catholic - Brooklyn Heights and Queens, NY, and Solna, Sweden. This group is affiliated with another group called The Vilatte Guild (AEC): "The Vilatte Guild (AEC)was established in 1976 as an outreach ministry of the American World Patriarchates to continue the Apostolic ministry of the late Joseph Rene Vilatte with immigrants to the USA from the West Indies. In the 1920's with others Archbp. Vilatte participated in the creation of the African Orthodox Church, both in the USA and South Africa. The Guild has a HDQS in South Africa directed by Archbp. Kanyiles. We subscribe to the teachings of St. Vincent of Lerins."
Orthodox Christianity for Americans
- Sebastopol, CA. Beliefs, of which there are none stated on this web site, take a back seat to recruitment: "If you want to know more about Old Calendar Orthodoxy for Americans; if you are a priest or hierarch wanting to know of a canonical jurisdiction that may be what you are looking for; if you would like to have book selection suggestions to read more about Holy Orthodoxy; please E-Mail us or write to us. We will be glad to answer your questions or requests. No collect phone calls can be accepted. Thank you."
Independent Greek Orthodox Church of the United States - San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA, and Albuquerque, NM. This group stated on its former web site: "We are a group of Eastern Orthodox Christians who find themselves at odds with the mainline, establishment Church. We believe that it is time that our Holy Faith move into the modern world." And: "We are accepting of all life styles and every ethnic group."
Saint Gregory's Greek Orthodox Church (Old Calendar, Synod of Joaquim Souris of Greece) - Pheonix, AZ. Leader: Gregory Menke (Bishop). the home page of its former web site stated: "St. Gregory's is a Old Calendar church following the seven ecumenical councils and teachings of the Church Fathers and uphold the seven Sacred mysteries instituted by Christ himself."
American Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church - Concord, NC. The defunct web site noted that the church is "an indigenous and autocephalous local Orthodox Church for all peoples in the Americas. It was founded in 1927 by the Russian Orthodox Church. We are Orthodox Catholic in faith, doctrine and practice. We are conservative doctrinally, and follow the Old Kalendar (Julian calendar)." This sect allows a wide variety of services and rituals.
The Episcopal Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of America - Winston-Salem, NC. According to the web site, "The Episcopal Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of America was established in 1963 as an Autocephalous (self-governing) Orthodox Jurisdiction of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. Originally named the Anglican Orthodox Church, the Archdiocese was one of the first bodies to provide an Orthodox haven for disillusioned members of the modern-day Episcopal Church USA. In 1964, the Jurisdiction received Apostolic Orders from a Bishop of the Syrian Orthodox succession and an Archbishop of the Ukrainian Orthodox succession."
Inclusive Orthodox Church - Honolulu, Hawaii. It's web site states: "Divine Liturgy is celebrated in English and open to all baptised persons and guests who attend irrespective of their denomination. The Divine Liturgy follows all essential traditions of the Rite of St. John Chrysostom and blends the western liturgical calendar, customs, venerations and observances with orthodox liturgical rites lasting approximately one hour."
Saint Columba Orthodox Catholic Mission - Burton, MI. There is no information about this group's jurisdiction on its web page. The clergy appear to be Benedictine (Roman Catholic?) monks.
Orthodox Catholic Church of France - ?
The Orthodox Catholic Church of North America - This church's web site says: "In 1927 a Charter was created by the Russian Metropolia to establish a Church with the jurisdiction of North America. The purpose of this charter was to create an American Church, in which all of the warring jurisdictions could find unity and brotherhood. A Syrian bishop from the Brooklyn mission was elected as the first Primate. Not only was Aftimios Ofiesh a respected bishop who had proven his loyalty to "Orthodoxy" over ethnicity, but being a Syrian it was hoped that he would have a placating effect on those ethnic bodies seeking to establish their own separate Church. Unfortunately, pride and the desire to maintain a seperate ethnic identity prevented the Eastern Churches from submitting to this new American Jurisdiction." (Note: Aftimios Ofiesh is best remembered by defrocking himself by falling in love and marrying.)
The Roman Orthodox Church - This church is a Charter of the Orthodox Catholic Church of North America "with a specific ministry to reach out to the Americas with a Benedictine expression of Orthodoxy. We are not historical re-creationists trying to bring an ancient religion back to life. Orthodoxy has been active and strong for 2000 years. It is the Church of Christ on this earth. We simply express that Orthodoxy through a western rite following the example of our Western Orthodox brothers that pre-dated the schism. Our Benedictine expression is very familiar and comfortable to converts from the Roman Catholic Church and other western Churches."
Orthodox Catholic Church of the Americas - New Orleans, LA. This jurisdiction is run by the the "Basilian Fathers," "The Society of Saint Basil," and "The Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil."
Celtic Orthodox Christian Church - Akron, OH. This group uses a ritual called the Stowe Missal, a rite not approved for use in the canonical Eastern Orthodox Church.
St. Brendan the Navigator Celtic Orthodox Christian Mission - Dallas, TX. The home page states: "If you think you have found your spiritual home then drop us an email and let us know how we can assist you. Our own Father Deacon Tom has a special ministry to those leaving behind the New Age, occult and Neopagan movements and are ready to turn themselves around to Christ. If you have been hurt and confused by the Neopagans/New Age and confess the errors of their ways, contact Father Deacon Tom he can help you." Operators are standing by to take your call!
Our Lady of Tender Mercy Orthodox Church - Syracuse, NY. This church bills itself as a "traditional western Orthodox mission church" of the "Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of Western Europe & the Americas." Also: "Our Church and her faithful are Traditional observant Orthodox Christians worshipping according to the ancient liturgical style of the Orthodox Church in Western Europe prior to the Great Schism of 1054 a.d. Our monastics, likewise, live a life of repentance and service in obedience to the Rule of our father among the saints, Saint Benedict of Nursia. Liturgical services in our monasteries, abbeys and convents adhere to the Old Sarum Rite Monastic Offices in accordance with the very rule of the same Saint Benedict."
Holy Theotokos Eastern Orthodox Christian Mission - Toronto, ON Canada. The defunct web site stated: "This Orthodox Community serves the people of God under the Jurisdiction of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Orthodox Church formerly the Exarchate of the Patriarchate of Alexandria for the Americas. Our Jurisdiction is lead by Metropolitan +Kyril, who resides in Lincoln, Nebraska. At the present time, we meet for Liturgy at the pastor's residence. Our Divine Liturgies are conducted in English and we utilize the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom."
The Antiochian Catholic Church in America - While this church does not have "Orthodox" in its name, it derives its theology, at least in part, from Orthodoxy. The group's web site states: "The ACCA is a very small, Independent Ephesine Orthodox-(Old) Catholic jurisdiction, the primary purpose of which is to critically re-appropriate the ancient Syriac Christian Tradition, proclaiming the ancient, yet ever new, Good News it holds for this postmodern, postsecular era. Mar Michael resides in Knoxville, Tennessee, where he is Pastor of St. Demetrios' and St. Elias' Antiochian Catholic Church, the flagship parish of the ACCA."
Orthodox Archdiocese of Hermitage - Hermitage, TN. Leader: Archbishop Benjamin. A former web site seemed to exist solely to seek candidates to the priesthood by sending a resume to the archbishop.
Orthodox American Church - Jackson Heights, Queens, NY. This is a breakaway church from the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia. Its meager and now defunct web site noted: "The worship of the Orthodox American Church is strictly Orthodox both in its presentation and performance, emphasizing the most essential features of the Divine Liturgy and the Holy Sacraments. Through the succession from the Russian Orthodox Church outside of Russia our roots reach back into old Russia; however, we are fully an American Orthodox Church with American clergy, but welcoming converts without distinction as to racial, religious or nonreligious and ethnic backgrounds and also any ethnic Orthodox who may wish to worship in an American, English speaking church, and pursue, to whatever extent they may choose, the teachings which are offered. We are also without any jurisdictional ties to the old Churches and are therefore fully independent."
The Mar Thoma Orthodox Church Outside of India - Diocese of Lincoln, NE. A statement on the former web site stated: "We are Orthodox Catholics. This diocese was originally established as an Eparchy by an Old Calendar Greek Synod (founded 1950). As this Synod later on became dysfunctional, the Greek Eparchy was received as a diocese into the Mar Thoma Orthodox Church. We preach the Holy Gospel in genuine Orthodox Catholic fashion to bring people to Christ without exclusivity or ethnic boundaries. Christ's Church is neither 'Eastern Orthodox' nor 'Western Rite', but universal (catholic) in worship and faith."
St. Katherine Chapel - Seward, NE. The cult bills itself as "an Orthodox Christian church community with traditional forms of Eastern and Oriental worship. All our Services are predominantly in English. As God's creation is diverse, so His house of worship must be inclusive. Everyone is welcome to worship here regardless of creed, background, religion, shortcomings or social status."
The Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church International - Kannaplis, NC. There is no information about this group's jurisdiction on its web page.
St. Therese Orthodox Mission and Healing Ministry - Newburgh , NY. This group's web site notes: "We use the Divine Liturgy as adapted for Western Usage in the Parishes and Missions of the Federated Orthodox Catholic Churches International, according to the guidelines of St. Tikhon the Confessor." This, essentially, is the Episcopalian Book of Common Prayer Eucharistic Service with appropriate wording changes at the Epiclesis. (This is the same western liturgical service that has been authorized for use in the canonical Antiochian Archdiocese of North America, but is not connected in any way with the Antiochians.)
The Orthodox Servants of Jesus (OSJ) - Clarkdale, GA. The defunct web site proclaimed that the organization "...is an Orthodox Missions Congregation in the Celtic Tradition incorporating for reasons of ministry aspects of the ancient Eastern Tradition of Monasticism and the Western Tradition of 'vows of service.' Membership requires a real and disciplined prayer life; a vow to pray the Hours as consistently as possible while living in the secular world and a commitment to ministry to the least of the least."
Autonomous True Orthodox Metropolia of Western Europe and the Americas, Milan Synod - Milan, Italy. The jurisdiction's defunct web site noted: "Our Autonomous Metropolia, which is composed of several dioceses in Europe and in the Americas, directed by a Holy Synod of eight bishops, owes its origin to the Church of the 'True Orthodox Christians of Greece' (GOC). This venerable Church originally organized itself as a movement of spiritual resistance against the many forms of modernism which at the beginning of the 1920s invaded the Church of Christ, creating scandals and bewilderment."
Western Rite Traditional Orthodox Church of Central New York - The Central New York Mission of the True Orthodox Christians of the Western Rite, headquartered at St. John the Divine Monastic Cell, in Syracuse, NY. This group is affiliated with the Milan Synod group listed directly above.
Autonomous Orthodox Metropolia of Western Europe & the Americas - Syracuse, NY. The group defends its existence thusly: "Under the capable archpastoral leadership of His Beatitude, Metropolitan +Evloghios of Milan & Aquileia, our current Primate, the Holy Synod of Milan was given its Tomos of Autonomy from the Old Calendar Church of Greece by the hand of Archbishop Auxentios in September 1984. While in communion with the Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Exile under the Blessed +Mystyslav; he became the First Patriarch of Kiev. Subsequently, our Holy Synod was received under the spiritual protection of the Kievian Patriarchate. The Blessed +Volodymir, the 2nd Patriarch of Kiev, also recognized us with a second Tomos of Autonomy in March 1994. Known as the Autonomous Orthodox Church of Western Europe & the Americas our mission is to provide a genuine, traditional --though moderate-- Orthodox Christian witness and to provide spiritual direction for those of Western birth."
The Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church International - Kannapolis, NC. Leader: His Beatitude The Most Blessed Vladimir II. No further information about this group could be found.
Holy Resurrection Abbey, A Ministry of the Orthodox Christian Fellowship of Mercy, Inc. - Thonotosassa, FL. The former web site noted: "Our ministry is under the ecclesiastical jurisdiction of His Eminence Vladimir II, Metropolitan Catholicos of the American Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church."
The Holy United Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church of North America - Hyder, Alaska. This group seems related to the two immediately above. The home page notes: "The Holy United Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America (United Orthodox Church) is an independent jurisdiction not in communion with mainstream Orthodoxy. Our apostolic succession comes from several lines dating back to Jesus Christ. Our lines include old calendar Greek and Russian."
Christ Catholic Orthodox Church - Cincinnati, OH. This group's authenticity was justified thusly on its now defunct web site: "Christ Catholic Orthodox Church is Western Rite Orthodox Church. We have Apostolic Succession From Old Catholic, Roman Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and other Lines." All bases are covered.
The Evangelical Orthodox Catholic Church in America - Medford, NY. Established in America by Apostolic Mandate, November 7th, 1948. This independent group, which claims apostolic succession and canonicity, ordains both men and women to the priesthood.
Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church International - The defunct web site text stated: "My name is Metropolitan Archbishop Vladimir, and I serve as the Primate of The Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church International. Herein, I hope to show you all about being Orthodox, our services and various components of our jurisdiction." However, there is nothing here to indicate what the "archbishop" believes in or represents.
The Charismatic Orthodox Church - Headquartered at Holy Cross Church, St. Augustine, FL. Among its beliefs is this statement: "Our goal is to include everyone as long as sin is understood to be shunned. As the early church got together in Jerusalem to decide the fate of circumcision, so we follow their example. We do not wish to add any undue burden to our brothers and sisters in Christ except a faith in Christ and a turn from sin." Another site???
Orthodox Christianity for Americans - Sebastopol, CA. The web page invites: "If you want to know more about Old Calendar Orthodoxy for Americans; if you are a priest or hierarch wanting to know of a canonical jurisdiction that may be what you are looking for; if you would like to have book selection suggestions to read more about Holy Orthodoxy; please E-Mail us or write to us. We will be glad to answer your questions or requests. No collect phone calls can be accepted. Thank you."
Holy Orthodox Catholic Church (HOCC), Anglican Rite - (address unavailable). This groups seems to be attempting to draw people away from the Episcopal Church.
Russian-Greek Orthodox Christian Archdiocese & Traditional Orthodox Diocese - Santa Rosa, CA "It is not known if this group is associated with the one immediately above. It's web site proclaims: "There are many kinds of Christians. The basic believer in Jesus as the Messiah of God can be said to be a Christian. We all know that there are Christians that we would not want to be seen with! And then there are those who use the name, but have a ulterior motive for using the name. They are wolves in sheep's clothing. Or, as we have sadly seen recently, there is the kind of Orthodox Christian that makes treaties with the heterodox so that their 'issues will not be noticed, since we are in the minority here in America.' Truly immigrant mentality!!"
Russian-Greek Orthodox Christian Archdiocese - St. Maximos the Confessor Russian-Greek Orthodox Church, Indiana, PA. This sect may be connected with the group immediately above. Their web site says: "Who are we? We are a new Orthodox Christian community in Indiana, PA, who are dedicated to bringing the Living Word of our Lord, Jesus Christ to our neighbors in this town. Over the next several months, we will be building a site that will let you know exactly who we are, what we are doing, and how we plan to develop our ministry of love."
American Orthodox Church, U.S. Chancery - Seaside, CA. According to one of the former site's web pages: "The American Orthodox Church is the result of clergy from various mainline churches who sought to provide their own churches with the corrective balm of historical truth, but were rejected for bringing honesty and integrity by opening the iron doors that continues to hold back the Holy Spirit from entering in to aide those who are sincere 'Seekers of Truth'." Whew!
The Anglican Orthodox Church - Winston-Salem, NC. It is a breakaway church from the Protestant Episcopal Church. The church's web site declares: "The Orthodox Anglican Communion consists of churches in the United States, Madagascar, the Philippines, South America, the Central African Republic, Japan, Liberia, the Fiji Islands, Pakistan, India, and Kenya."
The Orthodox Presbyterian Church - Willow Grove, PA. This is a 1936 breakaway denomination from the Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
Orthodox Zion Primitive Baptist Church - West Palm Beach, FL. Goodness only knows why a church following the Baptist religious belief system uses the word "Orthodox."
Federated Orthodox Catholic Churches International - From its "Jesus Focus" web site we learn that The Federated Orthodox Catholic Churches International includes The Holy Orthodox Catholic Church, Diocese of Anchor, Celtic-Rite Diocese, The Brotherhood of St. Alexander Nevsky (The Alexandrians), and The Order of the Servants of Jesus; The Apostolic Orthodox Catholic Church comprised of five Dioceses from coast to coast in the U. S. that includes The Servants in the Service of Christ, and The Daughters in God's Service; Christ Catholic Church International comprised of five dioceses from coast to coast in Canada, the U. S., Scandinavia, Australia, and which includes The New Order of St. Francis, The Order of St. Paul the Apostle, and St. Mary's School of Theology; The Holy Celtic Church; Apostolic Episcopal Church, Province of the West; CACINA/ICAB; and The Old Holy Catholic Church.
The Western Orthodox Church in America - Santa Rosa, CA. From its defunct web site, the church's Identity and Purpose began: "The Western Orthodox Church in America is a contemporary continuation of the historical practice of the Holy Orthodox Catholic Faith presented in forms both familiar and accessible to Christians of Western cultures or languages and that link it to that time when all Christians were Orthodox and Catholic in East and West."
Orthodox Catholic Church in North America - Monkton, MD. May be affiliated with the sect immediately below. This statement from its defunct web site is, well...you decide: "That in no manner or sense is it possible to derive, directly or indirectly, spiritual authority or jurisdiction from civil governors or Royal Sovereigns, nor is it possible that the spiritual Headship of the Visible Church, or any part of it, should reside in, or be exercised, directly or indirectly, by any royal prince or sovereign, as such, but must inhere solely in, and be exercised only by, the ecclesiastically lawful and canonical Patriarch, Bishop, or other proper spiritual authority; that to admit or submit to any such lay, civil, or Royal usurpation of authority, in ecclesiastical or dogmatic matters, is to fall away from the unity and authority of the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church; and that no civil assembly or parliament is able to define or establish formularies or standards of doctrine without the free action of the ecclesiastical assemblies of Bishops and clergy; and that to submit in matters of faith or doctrine to such lay civil coercion, direct or indirect, is to be separated from the faith and unity of the Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church."
Old Orthodox Catholic Church in North America - Archdiocese of Baltimore, MD. This group may be related to the church immediately above. The web site includes this declaration: "The Orthodox Catholic Church in North America is an independent and autocephalous self-governing jurisdiction of the ancient One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. The heritage of the Orthodox Catholic Church in North America is rooted in the Faith and Tradition of the oldest Christian Church on earth, that founded by the Holy Apostles."
Orthodox Catholic Church of the Americas - New Orleans, LA, (Archdiocese of Louisiana). The web site notes: "Holy Innocents Orthodox Church, 311 Hickory Ave., Harahan, Louisiana 70123, (504) 738-3502, is a Western Rite Orthodox Church of The Basilian Fathers, affiliated with The Orthodox Catholic Archdiocese of Louisiana, of the Orthodox Catholic Church of the Americas. The physical plant, in Western terms, would be classified as a Chapel, due to its small size. Its lineage is Russian Orthodox, and Eastern Rite Liturgy is observed in special schedules as an accommodation."
The United American Orthodox Catholic Church - Excelsior Spring, MO. This group describes itself as a "new shoot from an old vine," and is supposedly working toward a united Orthodox church in the U.S. under a single patriarchate. It may be related to the United American Orthodox Catholic Church of Brazil, Cleveland OH.
Apostolic Orthodox Church of India - Mountain View, CA. One web page at the site identifies the head hierarch: "His Holiness, Mathias Mar Yusef, was born in San Antonio on March 19, 1946. He has lectured in Europe, India, and the US. On August 21, 1982, Mar Yusef was received in to The Religious and Military Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, and served as the Order's first Grand Marshal. He was appointed Catholicos to the West in 1994, and unanimously elected to the Holy Office of Patriarch in 1996."
The Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church, North American Synod - San Antonio, TX. The church claims that it is "a self-governing Orthodox, Catholic and Apostolic community holding valid lines of Apostolic Succession. Our community is fully sacramental. We hold the importance and special aspects of the Seven sacraments as a means of God's grace to flow in the everyday lives of creation."
St. Simon Cyrenian African Orthodox Church, Inc.
- Suitland, MD. - This sect follows a mixture of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy rolled into a lump. The web site notes: "This Orthodox Catholic Faith Community of believers revere the Pope as first among many Bishops and as a true Man of God." The site has an interesting "line of apostolic succession."
Patriarchal Old Roman Orthodox Catholic Church - San Rafael, CA. This groups claimed it "...is a multicultural/multi-ethnic church and is a jurisdiction open and welcoming to all persons without regard to color, race or ethnicity. We are a RAINBOW Church!! The Orthodox Catholic expression of the Christian faith has always represented people of all colors and races, as well as teaching and celebrating the Divine Liturgy in the resident native language, wherever it has served. The Patriarchal Old Roman Orthodox Catholic Church has historically been a church for all people, and the Church of St. Moses the Black vows to be loyal to this most ancient tradition." The church has a married episcopacy.
The Orthodox Catholic Church - The former web site stated: "The Orthodox Catholic Church is a Christian fellowship of clergy and laity whose core value is to give expression to life in the divine. The church maintains that all Christians share in the priesthood of Christ. The Orthodox Catholic Church holds the Holy Scriptures and the traditions of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as means by which the teachings of the Christ have been handed down to his followers and as the recording of the faith journey of the Church. Our members are free to interpret creeds, scriptures and traditions."
The Holy Spirit-The Paraclete Western Orthodox Church - Williams, OR. This statement is on its home page: "Our Church is in 'canonical obedience' to His Eminence Monseigneur Germain, Bishop of Saint-Denis, hierarch of 'L'ÉGLISE ORTHODOXE DE FRANCE' - (L'ECOF), Paris. This missionary parish is a part of the North American Deanery of the Orthodox Church of France [L'ECOF]. We celebrate the 'Divine Liturgy according to Saint Germanus of Paris'; the restored 'Gallican Liturgy' that was authorized by the Moscow Patriarchate in Decree No. 1249, dated June 16, 1936."
The Italo-Greek Orthodox Church, Archdiocese of North America - Utica, NY. The web site states: "The Italo-Greek Orthodox Church constitutes an historic and traditional presence of the Orthodox Church on the island of Sicily and the southern tip of the peninsula of Italy. Historically, the Church was comprised of the original Greek communities in these areas. In 1454 AD, the Church's mission was redefined to forever perpetuate and maintain a national local Orthodox church to meet the spiritual needs of the Sicilian and Italian people and to ensure the continued presence of the Orthodox Church in Sicily and Southern Italy. In the early 1900s the mission of the Church to care for the Sicilian and Italian people was expanded to include the United States."
St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church - San Francisco, CA. When the web site was functional you learned that he church "...was organized in 1971 under the banner or name of 'One Mind Temple Evolutionary Transitional Body of Christ.' The first meetings were held in the home of the founder, Bishop F.W. King, who had converted and dedicated an in-law apartment into a chapel. We moved to the present location on September 23, 1972. September 23 is the anniversary of the birthday of our now Patron Saint John Coltrane. John Coltrane proclaims in his thesis, as found on the recording 'A Love Supreme,' an omnipotence of God and our need for and dependence on Him."
Ascension Orthodox Priory - Tampa, FL. Thus saith the web site: "Western Rite Orthodoxy. Spiritually akin to pre-Vatican II and BCP 1928/Anglican Missal mass. Please call in advance for information on Sunday Divine Liturgy."
St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Orthodox Mission - Antioch, TN. Irregularly scheduled liturgies: "We are an Orthodox Mission of Middle Tennessee. Our Mission is to bring the Faith of the Orthodox Church to non-Orthodox and to serve the needs of the un-churched Orthodox Faithful in the area. We are a traditional Orthodox Church and are not interested promoting modern and/or ecumenical innovations or agendas as some jurisdictions do. We are small but growing. Our service times may vary due to circumstances beyond our control. All who desire the Truth expressed in genuine Christianity are welcome to attend."
St. Nicholas Orthodox Church - Smyrna, TN. No further info available.
St. Basil's Orthodox Cathedral - Nashville, TN. Listen to this, from the web site: "St. Basil's Orthodox Cathedral is a parish of HOCAJ. Both the Gregorian and Julian Calendars are used within HOCAJ. We have both Eastern and Western Rites. We do not tolerate Modernism, modern Ecumenism and reductionism. HOCAJ was founded and granted autocephalic status by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1932. It is fully canonical and fully Orthodox." Whatever is HOCAJ??
St. Olav Orthodox Church [Western Rite] - St. Olav Orthodox Church [Western Rite], Minneapolis, MN. This group admits it is independent, which puts it outside of canonical Orthodoxy.
Pan African Orthodox Christian Church, also known as the Shrine of the Black Madonna - Detroit, MI. Founded by Albert B. Cleage, Jr. a.k.a. Jaramogi Abebe Agyeman. Part of the Black Christian Nationalist Movement. Teaches Jesus is the Black Messiah sent to rebuild the Black Nation Israel and liberate the Black People from oppression, brutality, and exploitation of the white gentile world (from the Black Nationalist Creed). No known web site.
The following "Orthodox" churches have no known web site: