Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America

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Denominational Profile

Notes

The Albanian Orthodox Diocese of America was organized in 1950 by His Grace Mark I. Lipa. The church is in communion with the Ecumenical Patriarchate, and its leadership participates in the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in America.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1957 15 15 14,000
1958 17 14 16,000
1959 15 15 14,000
1969 4 10 2,500
1971 4 10 5,000
1972 4 10 5,100
1973 4 10 5,150
1975 4 10 5,240
1976 4 10 5,240
1977 4 10 5,235
1978 4 10 5,220
1979 4 10 5,250
1981 4 10 5,285
1982 3 10 5,250
1988 3 2 953
1989 3 2 586
1990 3 2 714
1991 3 2 1,870
1992 3 2 1,873
1993 3 2 1,885
1994 3 2 1,875
1995 3 2 1,984
1996 2 2 1,995
2000 2 2 2,203
2002 3 2 2,275
2003 3 2 2,311
2004 3 2 2,407
2007 4 2 2,510
2008 5 3 2,800

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]