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Bulgarian Diocese (OCA)

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[[Image:OCA Bulgarian Diocese.png|thumb|Visual representation of the Bulgarian Diocese]]
The '''Orthodox Church in America Bulgarian Diocese''' is one of three ethnic [[diocese|dioceses]] of the [[Orthodox Church in America]] (OCA). Its territory includes [[parish]]es, [[Monasticism|monasteries]], and missions located in six states in the United States, as well as one province in Canada – California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Ohio, Ontario, and Washington, D.C. The current [[bishop|Archbishop]] of the Bulgarian Diocese is the Most Reverend [[Kyrill (Yonchev) of Pittsburgh|Kyrill (Yonchev)]], who also serves as the Archbishop of [[Diocese of Western Pennsylvania (OCA)|Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania]].

Begun in 1965 as the [[Bulgarian Diocese in Exile]], the diocese was originally under the [[jurisdiction]] of the [[Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia]]. It had its origins in the decision of Metropolitan Andrei (Petkov), then head of the [[Bulgarian Eastern Orthodox Diocese of the USA, Canada and Australia]] (named at that time the ''Bulgarian Diocese of North and South America and Australia''), to regularize his relations with his [[Church of Bulgaria|mother church]], with whom he had broken after World War II and subsequently was elected to the rank of metropolitan.

In the late 1950s, Andrei petitioned to be accepted into the [[Orthodox Church in America|Russian Metropolia]] but had been rebuffed by them for unclear reasons, so in 1964 he petitioned and was approved by the [[Holy Synod]] of the [[Church of Bulgaria]] to be readmitted to the Bulgarian episcopacy and continued to lead Bulgarian Orthodoxy in America. One of his [[clergy]], [[Archimandrite]] [[Kyrill (Yonchev) of Pittsburgh|Kyrill (Yonchev)]], disagreed with his decision and was consecrated by the bishops of the ROCOR to serve as head of the Bulgarian Diocese in Exile. He had "considerable success in persuading several Bulgarian parishes to accept his authority, due in part to Metr. Andrei's advanced age" (Surrency, p. 95).

In 1976, Bp. Kyrill and his diocese broke from the ROCOR and joined the OCA, thus creating its [[Bulgarian Diocese (OCA)|Bulgarian Diocese]].

== Sources ==

* Liberovsky, Alexis. [ ''Synopsis of the 5th All-American Council'']
* Surrency, Archim. Serafim. ''The Quest for Orthodox Church Unity in North America'', 1973

[[Category:OCA Dioceses|Bulgarian]]

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