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Albanian Archdiocese (OCA)

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The '''Albanian Archdiocese''' of the [[Orthodox Church in America]] is one of the three [[Ethnic diocese|ethnic dioceses]] within the OCA. Its origin is traced back to the start of the autocephalous [[Church of Albania]] as both had a common beginning in the United States in the early twentieth century.
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On [[October 14]], 1971, Bp. Stephen led most of the Albanian parishes into the OCA. Two parishes, which in 1949 had the formed the [[Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America]] under the [[Omophorion]] of the [[Church of Constantinople|Ecumenical Patriarch]] did not follow.
The former Fr. Nicholas Liolin was consecrated Bishop [[Nikon (Liolin) of Boston|Nikon]] of Baltimore, an [[auxiliary bishop]], as administrator of the Albanian diocese on [[May 25]], 2002. Bishop Nikon, upon nomination by the archdiocesan assembly, was elected by the Synod of Bishops of the OCA as Bishop of Boston and the Albanian Archdiocese on [[October 22]], 2003. In October 2005, he was also elected by the [[Holy Synod]] as the ruling bishop of the Diocese of New England (see of Hartford) and was installed on [[December 17]], 2005 with the new title of Bishop of Boston, New England and the Albanian Archdiocese. He was later elevated to the rank of Archbishop.
==Organization==
The diocese was under the leadership of His GraceEminence, the Right Most Reverend Nikon (Liolin), who reposed on [[September 1]], 2019. On September 10, 2019, the OCA announced that Metropolitan [[Tikhon (Mollard) of Washington|Tikhon (Mollard)]] will be the [[locum tenens]] for the diocese until a successor is found. The diocesan [[see]] is St. George Cathedral in Boston, Massachusetts.
The Albanian archdiocese in the United States has always been small in number. Its parishes are concentrated in the northeastern United States.
== Deaneries ==
There are thirteen eleven [[parish]]es and a mission in the [[diocese]]: five four in Massachusetts, two each in New York and Pennsylvania, and one each in California, Connecticut, Michigan, and Ohio. The parishes are organized into three [[Deanery|deaneries]] with the following territories:
* Great Lakes Deanery – Michigan, Northern New York, and Ohio
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