Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The Albanian Orthodox Archdiocese in America dates back to the arrival of Albanian Christians in the United States in the early 20th century. The Archdiocese was organized in 1930. It became independent after Albania fell under Communist rule.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1925 6 6 -
1929 6 6 -
1935 6 10 3,500
1936 - 13 3,137
1937 - 10 -
1950 11 11 5,500
1951 12 12 12,000
1952 12 12 12,000
1953 13 13 12,500
1954 14 14 13,500
1955 14 14 13,500
1956 15 15 14,000
1960 17 14 11,600
1962 20 15 15,000
1965 15 13 15,000
1966 15 12 7,000
1967 15 12 17,000
1969 18 13 40,000
1971 23 13 62,000
1974 23 15 40,000
1978 25 16 40,000

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]