Orthodox Church in America Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America
The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America is one of three ethnic dioceses of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA), and a former diocese of the Romanian Orthodox Church. The diocesan center is located in Jackson, Michigan.
Its territory includes parishes, monasteries, and missions located in 26 states in the United States, as well as six provinces in Canada – Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Nevada, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Rhode Island, Saskatchewan, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.
The current Bishop of Detroit and the Romanian Episcopate is Nathaniel Popp. He was consecrated as Bishop of Dearborn Heights and Auxiliary Bishop of the Romanian Episcopate on November 15, 1980. Bishop Nathaniel was enthroned as the ruling hierarch of the diocese on November 17, 1984, following the retirement of Archbishop Valerian (Trifa). He was elevated to the rank of archbishop on October 20, 1999.
The diocese is grouped geographically into seven 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 Romanian Episcopate are:
- Atlantic Deanery
- Deanery of Canada
- Michigan Deanery
- Mid-West Deanery
- Ohio and Western Pennsylvania Deanery
- Pacific Deanery
- Southern Deanery