Orthodox Church in America Diocese of Mexico
The Diocese of Mexico (Spanish: Diócesis de México) is a missionary diocese of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Its territory includes parishes, monasteries, and missions located in four states in Mexico (as well as the Mexican Federal District) – Chiapas, México, Jalisco, and Veracruz. The diocesan chancery is located in the Mexican Federal District.
The Mexican Exarchate was created through the mass conversion (some 10,000-20,000 persons) of an entire diocese of the Mexican National Catholic Church to Orthodoxy in 1972. The Mexican National Catholic Church still has four other existing dioceses. Bishop Dmitri (Royster) was the Exarch of Mexico from 1972 to 2008.
October 16, 2008, the exarchate reorganized as the Diocese of Mexico and Bishop Alejo (consecrated on May 28, 2005) was elected as the ruling bishop and installed in Ascension Cathedral in Mexico City on January 18, 2009.
The diocese is grouped geographically into five 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 Exarchate of Mexico are:
- Mexico City, D.F. – covers Mexico City
- State of Mexico
- State of Jalisco
- State of Veracruz
- State of Chiapas