Your (more or less) Active Canonical Orthodox Bishops of North America

(If I’ve left any out, please by all means let me know!)

UPDATE 17 May 2007: With the ROCOR-MP reconciliation official today, I’ve added ROCOR bishops here!

  • Metropolitan Herman, Primate, The Orthodox Church in America (OCA), Archbishop of Washington and New York, administrator of parishes in Australia
  • Bishop Nikon, OCA bishop of New England and Albanian Archdiocese
  • Bishop Tikhon (Mollard), OCA bishop of Eastern Pennsylvania
  • Archbishop Kyrill, OCA bishop of Western Pennsylvania and Bulgarian Diocese
  • Archbishop Nathaniel, OCA bishop of Romanian Episcopate
  • Archbishop Dmitri, OCA bishop of The South, exarch of Mexico
  • Archbishop Job, OCA bishop of The Midwest
  • Bishop Tikhon (Fitzgerald), OCA bishop of The West
  • Bishop Nikolai, OCA bishop of Alaska
  • Bishop Seraphim, OCA bishop of Canada
  • Archbishop Lazar, abbot, OCA Monastery of All Saints of North America, Dewdney, BC, Canada
  • Metropolitan Philip, Primate, Antiochian Archdiocese of North America (Patriarchate of Antioch), Archbishop of New York and Washington DC, locum tenens of New England
  • Bishop Alexander, Antiochian bishop of Eastern Canada and Upstate New York
  • Bishop Thomas, Antiochian bishop of The East
  • Bishop Basil, Antiochian bishop of Mid-America, archepiscopal vicar of the Western Rite
  • Bishop Mark (Maymon), Antiochian bishop of The Midwest
  • Bishop Joseph, Antiochian bishop of The West, locum tenens of The Northwest
  • Bishop Antoun, Antiochian bishop of The Southeast
  • Archbishop Demetrios (Trakatellis), Primate, Greek Archdiocese of America, exarch of The Atlantic and Pacific Oceans (of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople), presiding hierarch of the Direct Archdiocesan District (NY area and DC)
  • Metropolitan Iakovos, Greek metropolitan of Chicago
  • Metropolitan Maximos, Greek metropolitan of Pittsburgh
  • Metropolitan Methodios, Greek metropolitan of Boston
  • Metropolitan Isaiah, Greek metropolitan of Denver
  • Metropolitan Alexios, Greek metropolitan of Atlanta
  • Metropolitan Nicholas of Detroit, Greek metropolitan of Detroit
  • Metropolitan Gerasimos, Greek metropolitan of San Francisco
  • Metropolitan Evangelos, Greek metropolitan of New Jersey
  • Metropolitan Paisios of Tyana, abbot, Greek monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou and dependencies (NYC)
  • Metropolitan Nicholas of Amissos, Primate, American Carpatho-Russian Diocese (Ecumenical Patriarchate)
  • Metropolitan Constantine of Irinopolis, Primate, Ukrainian Metropolia of USA (Ecumenical Patriarchate), bishop of Central Eparchy
  • Archbishop Antony, Ukrainian bishop of Eastern Eparchy
  • Archbishop Vsevolod of Skopelos, Ukrainian bishop of Western Eparchy
  • Bishop Ilia of Philimelion, Primate, Albanian Diocese of America (Ecumenical Patriarchate)
  • Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios, Primate and exarch, Greek Metropolis of Canada (Ecumenical Patriarchate)
  • Metropolitan John, Primate, Ukrainian Metropolia of Canada (Ecumenical Patriarchate), Archbishop of Winnipeg (and locum tenens of Edmonton?)
  • Archbishop Yurij, Ukrainian archbishop of Toronto
  • Bishop Mercurius of Zaraisk, administrator, Patriarchal Parishes in the USA (Moscow Patriarchate)
  • Archbishop Mark of Kashira, administrator, Patriarchal Parishes in Canada (Moscow Patriarchate)
  • Metropolitan Christopher, Primate, Serbian Orthodox Church in USA and Canada (Patriarchate of Serbia), Metropolitan of Midwestern America
  • Bishop Longin, Serbian bishop of America and Canada [New Gracanica Metropolitanate]
  • Bishop Maksim, Serbian bishop of Western America
  • Bishop Mitrophan, Serbian bishop of Eastern America
  • Bishop Georgije, Serbian bishop of Canada
  • Archbishop Nicolae, Primate, Romanian Archdiocese in America and Canada (Patriarchate of Romania)
  • Metropolitan Joseph, Primate, Bulgarian Diocese of USA, Canada, and Australia (Patriarchate of Bulgaria)
  • Archbishop Damaskinos of Jaffa and Arimathaea, epitropos of America (Jerusalem Patriarchate)


  • Bishop Dimitrios (Couchell) of Xanthos, Greek Archdiocese of America
  • Bishop Savas of Troas, Greek Archdiocese of America
  • Bishop Andonios of Phasiane, Greek Archdiocese of America
  • Bishop Philotheos of Meloa, Greek Archdiocese of America
  • Bishop Vikentios of Apameia, deputy abbot, Greek monastery of St. Irene Chrysovalantou and dependencies
  • Bishop Irineu of Dearborn Heights, OCA Romanian Episcopate
  • Bishop Benjamin of Berkeley, OCA Diocese of The West
  • Bishop Alejo of Mexico City, administrator, OCA Exarchate of Mexico
  • Bishop Varlaam, OCA Monastery of All Saints of North America, Dewdney, BC, Canada
  • Bishop Christoforos of Andidon, Greek Metropolis of Canada

  1. Trevor

    You seem to have omitted the ROCOR bishops in America.

  2. Leo Peter O'Filon

    Thanks for your comment. I was working from the most common definition of “canonical”: see I note on your blog you’ve been watching the process between ROCOR and the Moscow Patriarchate. I too look forward to ROCOR’s “full communion” with the rest of Orthodoxy!

  3. Trevor

    The listing of autocephalous churches that you reference is fine as far as it goes, but I don’t see that as quite the same as canonical. I might add that the OCA is recognized as canonical by the other jurisdictions in the list, even though most of them do not recognize it as autocephalous. How is this possible? As you say, “canonical” is a somewhat dubious term when we’re talking about the overlapping jurisdictions that exist in the U. S. But if the OCA can be autocephalous because at least one national church recognizes it as such, why not say that ROCOR is also canonical because the Serbian church (at least) has never denied its canonicity?

    Perhaps the simplest test, as I see it, is whether an Orthodox believer could go there and commune without reservation. Forget administrative structure, forget commemoration of hierarchs, forget joint communion between clergy–if the son of a convert Antiochian priest who was not baptized but only chrismated in an Orthodox church can move to another town, join a ROCOR parish, and enter full communion, how can it not be canonical?

    But it was not my intent to argue what is and is not canonical–only to note what might have been an oversight in your listing.

  4. Leo Peter O'Filon

    As we say, “I don’t make the news, I just report it.” I may or may not be happy with the common definition of “canonical,” but on this site I try to provide reliable information, and to minimize my personal opinions. I don’t decide what’s canonical; my Bishops do. That’s their job. Factually speaking, I have heard that some ROCOR priests will commune us, and some will not.

    As for The OCA autocephaly/canonicity question, from what I understand, those Churches (representing a small minority of the world’s Orthodox) that don’t recognize its autocephaly, consider it somehow still tied to the Moscow Patriarchate, and thus “canonical” according to the commonest definition, i.e., being “under” a recognized Autocephalous Church.

    Hope this helps clarify things.

  5. This “commonest definition” of “canonicity” is, of course, nothing but a canard. See Fr Alexander Schmemman, Problems of Orthodoxy in America: The Canonical Problem.

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