Russian Orthodox Church in the USA

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The Russian Orthodox Church in the USA is the name of the group of parishes of the Russian mission in America that recognize the canonical authority of the Church of Russia. They were previously known as the Russian Exarchate of North America before autocephaly was granted to the Metropolia in 1970.

All of the parishes of the Exarchate were given a choice to join the OCA at that time. The parishes that remained were the following:

  1. St. Nicholas Church, Brookside, Alabama
  2. St. Demetrius Monastery, Bellflower, California
  3. Christ the Savior Church, Berkeley, California
  4. St. Nicholas Cathedral, San Francisco, California
  5. Church of All Saints Glorified in the Russian Land, San Francisco, California
  6. Our Lady of Kazan Church, San Diego, California
  7. Resurrection Church, Chicago, Illinois
  8. Dormition Church Benld, Illinois
  9. Holy Trinity Church, Baltimore, Maryland
  10. St. Elias Church, Battle Creek, Michigan
  11. St. Innocent Church, Detroit, Michigan
  12. St. Michael the Archangel Church, Detroit, Michigan
  13. Church of St. Andrew the First-Called Apostle, East Lansing, Michigan
  14. Holy Trinity Church, Saginaw, Michigan
  15. St. John Chrysostom Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan
  16. House Chapel of St. Seraphim of Sarov, Westown, New York
  17. St. Demetrius Church, Jackson, Michigan
  18. St. Nicholas Church, Bayonne, New Jersey
  19. Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Elizabeth, New Jersey
  20. Three Hierarchs Church, Garfield, New Jersey
  21. Holy Cross Church, Hackettstown, New Jersey
  22. Sts. Peter and Paul Church; Passaic, New Jersey
  23. St. John the Baptist Church, Singac , New Jersey
  24. St. Olga Church, Somerset, New Jersey
  25. St. Mark Chapel, New York
  26. Church of St. George the Great Martyr, New York
  27. Church of All Saints Glorified in the Russian Land, on the estate of Pine Bush, New York
  28. St. John the Baptist Chapel, Bronx, New York
  29. Church of All Saints Glotified in the Russian Land, Amsterdam (Wolf Run), Ohio
  30. St. Stephen Church, Lorairi, Ohio
  31. Nativity of Christ Church, Youngstown, Ohio
  32. St. Nicholas Church, Chester, Pennsylvania
  33. St. Nicholas Church, Edinboro, Pageville, Pennsylvania
  34. St. Nicholas Church, Reading, Pennsylvania
  35. Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Mount Union, Pennsylvania
  36. St. Nicholas Church, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  37. St. Andrew the Apostle Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  38. St. Michael the Archangel Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  39. Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Scranton, Pennsylvania
  40. Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Burgaw, North Carolina
  41. St. Gregory the Theologian Church, Tampa, Florida
  42. Sts. Peter and Paul Church, Manchester, New Hampshire
  43. Church of St. George the Great Martyr, Buffalo, New York
  44. All Exarchate parishes and clergy in Canada
  45. St. Nicholas Cathedral, New York

The parishes that chose to remain under the canonical protection of the Moscow Patriarchate after the grant of autocephaly came to be known as the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA under the oversight of an auxiliary bishop.


Vicar of His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Administrator of the Patriarchal parishes in the USA

  • His Grace Mercurius, Bishop of Zaraysk, 2000-2009
  • His Eminence Justinian, Archbishop of Naro-Fominsk, 2010-2014
  • His Grace John, Bishop of Naro-Fominsk, 2014-present

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