Fr.Michael

The emergence of the OCA on the basis of Rusyns’ immigrant community in America

V. Rev. Michael Aksionov Meerson, PhD in Theology

 

This article was originally a paper in Russian delivered at the 2010 Moscow conference dedicated to Fr. Alexander Schmemann under the title “Fr. Alexander Schmemann and Metropolitan Nikodim – Builders of the Autocephalous Orthodox Church in America.” It was subsequently published in the Journal of Moscow Patriarchate, in June, #6, 2011, under the title: “The Carpatho-Russian Immigrants, Russian Clergy, and their Canonical Recognition.” The article is translated into English by Fr. Michael A. Meerson and Prof. Olga Meerson.

 

Read more: The emergence of the OCA on the basis of Rusyns’ immigrant community in America
 

The Orthodox Church in America

V. Rev. Michael A. Meerson

The Orthodox Church in America (OCA), which developed and grew on the North American continent, is the youngest autocephalous church in the family of Orthodox churches. It is unique among Orthodox churches insofar as it is unhampered by either political pressures or specific ethnic customs; it speaks and conducts its services in English language. It is also the only conciliar (soborny) Orthodox Church that is run by regularly (every three years) convened councils, in which all hierarchs, clergy and the lay representatives of all parishes participate. It also offers the only viable model for unifying other Orthodox bodies (jurisdictions) America. It numbers more than two hundred years of uninterrupted church tradition and church organization on North American continent.

Read more: The Orthodox Church in America