Constantinople parish in Florida moves to ROCOR

Hollywood, Florida, January 2, 2020

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A parish formerly of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Florida has been received into the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

The Church of the Three Holy Hierarchs in Hollywood, Florida, formerly belonged to the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, one of several overlapping jurisdictions under Constantinople in America, reports the Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese.

The parish was founded in 1961 and serves in English, according to the Old Calendar.

Archpriest Serge Prisacaru has been appointed rector, and clergy from the Miami area will gather at the church at 3:00 PM tomorrow, December 3, to consecrate the altar and bless the church grounds.

Previously, two priests of the Carpatho-Russian Diocese, Fr. Mark Tyson and Fr. Nectarios Trevino, were also received into ROCOR due to Constantinople’s invasion of Ukrainian Church territory.

In late 2018 and early 2019, two Constantinople parishes in Italy switched to ROCOR due to the Ukrainian Church crisis, and ROCOR opened the St. Catherine Mission in Lubbock, Texas to minister to families that left the nearby St. Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church, under the Patriarchate of Constantinople.

In July, it was reported that two priests in Greek dioceses of the Patriarchate of Constantinople left and joined ROCOR, and the Jamaican Mission also recently announced that it was leaving Constantinople and moving into ROCOR.

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observer1/2/2020 8:57 pm
This church had been founded under the Metropolia (now renamed the OCA) by a retired priest, Father Lilikovich, with parishioners from Galicia, Carpatho-Russia, and other Russian areas plus American-born. They were always pro-Russian and resistant. In 1985 the OCA bishops of the USA forced all-English and New Calendar in all dioceses except Alaska. This was one of several parishes (plus St. Clair PA) that voted to join the ACROD, at that time the only Russian-related universally-recognized jurisdiction that still used Slavonic and Old Calendar. The idea was to resist forced OCA 'modernization'. Now it has come full circle, being with a Moscow-based jurisdiction.
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