Orthodox Church in America Diocese of the Midwest
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The Orthodox Church in America Diocese of the Midwest is a diocese of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Its territory includes parishes, monasteries, and missions located in eleven states in the Midwestern United States – Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The diocesan chancery is located on North LaSalle Street in Chicago, Illinois.
The diocese was headed by Job (Osacky) until his death on December 18th, 2009. He was elected to the position of bishop on November 5, 1992, and was elevated to the rank of archbishop on March 17, 2004. He was succeeded by Matthias (Moriak). MATTHIAS retired in 2014. Bishop PAUL (Gassios) was consecrated in Chicago on December 27th 2014.
The diocese is grouped geographically into six deaneries, each consisting of a number of parishes. 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. The current deaneries of the Diocese of the Midwest and their territories are:
- Chicago Deanery – Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin
- Cleveland Deanery – Ohio
- Columbus Deanery – Indiana and Ohio
- Kansas City Deanery – Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska
- Michigan Deanery – Michigan
- Minneapolis Deanery – Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin
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