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History of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA

The Patriarchal Parishes in the USA is a canonical branch of Russian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) combining parishes and monasteries in the United States and Mexico. The Patriarchal Parishes were established in 1970, simultaneously with the granting of Autocephaly to the Orthodox Church in America (previously known as the Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church of America, “Metropolia”) the parishes who desired to remain under the Canonical administration of the Patriarch of Moscow constitute the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA. The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia directly governs the Patriarchal Parishes through one Vicar Bishop.

St. Nicholas Patriarchal Cathedral in New York City built by Holy Martyr Alexander Hotovitsky and consecrated by St. Tikhon (Belavin) Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia; is the administrative and ecclesiastical center of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA and the see of the Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA.

Past Administrators of the Patriarchal Parishes

Metropolitan  +Nikodim

(Rotov)

1970 

Metropolitan +Makary

(Svistun)

1971-1975

Metropolitan Job

(Tvonyouk)

1975 - 1976

Metropolitan Ireney (Seredney) 

1976-1982

Metropolitan Kliment (Kapalin)

1982-1990

Metropolitan Pavel (Ponamarov) 

1992-1999

Metropolitan Merkury

(Ivanov)

2000-2009

Bishop Iov

(Smakouz)

2009-2010

Archbishop Justinian (Ovchinikov)

2010 - 2014

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Published with the Blessing of

His Grace 

JOHN

Bishop of Naro-Fominsk

Administrator of the

Patriarchal Parishes in the USA


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Paschal Epistle of His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk - 04/29/16

Paschal Epistle of His Grace John, Bishop of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA to all the clergy and faithful children of the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the USA. 

Nativity Epistle of His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk - 01/06/16

“God is with us, understand, all ye nations!” These words of the liturgical hymn, hearkening back to the biblical prophecy of Isaiah about Emmanuel (cf. Is. 7, 14), have become for us a verbal icon of the Nativity Feast..

Bishop John Sends Condolonces to the Family of Archimandrite Illya Barna - 05/09/15

With the recent passing of Archimandrite Illya (Barna), His Grace Bishop John of Naro-Fominsk, Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA expressed his condolences to the departed's family.