Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A.

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History

 

Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A.

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split into  Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church in America (1951)

In 1970, following the creation of the autonomous Orthodox Church in America, which included most of the factions of the Russian Orthodox Church then operating in the United States, a few parishes declined to enter the new church. They wished to remain directly under the Patriarch in Moscow and reorganized as the Patriarchal Parishes of the Russian Orthodox Church in the U.S.A.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1972 53 41 50,000
1973 59 41 51,000
1974 60 41 51,500
1975 60 41 51,500
1985 45 38 9,780
2000 48 32 -
2006 63 31 17,000
2008 63 31 7,000

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]