Orthodox Church in America Diocese of Alaska

The Diocese of Alaska (Russian: Епархия Аляски, romanizedYeparkhiya Alyaski) is a diocese of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA).[1] Its territory includes parishes, monasteries, and missions located in Alaska. The diocesan chancery is located in Anchorage. The Diocese was founded when Alaska was part of Russia and is one of the oldest in the United States. The Church of the Holy Ascension (1826), which belongs to the Diocese, is one of the oldest American churches.

St Michaels Cathedral - Sitka - back

Altogether, twenty-three churches are listed on the National Register of Historic Places; thirty churches are considered National Historic Landmarks.[2] As of 2013, the Diocese includes 89 parishes,[1] which represents the highest concentration of Orthodox Church in America parishes among the states.[3]

According to the Los Angeles Times, the diocese had around 30,000 members statewide as of 2006.[4]

Deaneries edit

The diocese is grouped geographically into deaneries. Each deanery is headed by a parish priest, known as a dean. The deans coordinate activities in their area's parishes, and report to the diocesan bishop. As of 2015, the deaneries of the Diocese of Alaska are:[5][6]

  • Alaska Peninsula Deanery
  • Aleutian Deanery
  • Anchorage Deanery
  • Bethel and Kuskokwim Deanery
  • Bristol Bay Deanery
  • Iliamna Deanery
  • Kenai and Prince William Sound Deanery
  • Kodiak Deanery
  • Russian Mission and Yukon Deanery
  • Sitka and Southeast Deanery

Bishops edit

Bishop David in conversation with an Aleut military veteran, Unalaska, June 2017.

Alaska Vicariate of the North American Diocese

Diocese of Alaska

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b Diocese of Alaska.
  2. ^ Alaska’s Russian Orthodox Churches.
  3. ^ Krindatch, A. (2011). Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Churches. Brookline, MA: Holy Cross Orthodox Press, p. 70.
  4. ^ Verhovek, Sam Howe (October 1, 2006). "In Alaska, a Tradition of Russian Faith". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 18, 2022.
  5. ^ 2014 Diocesan Assembly: Deanery Reports
  6. ^ The Diocese of Alaska Parish Directory

External links edit

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