The Holy Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church of America

who we are

Find out what it means to be Western Rite Orthodox.

The Holy Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church (Archdiocese of New York) is a constituent part of Holy Orthodoxy in America.

We are awaiting, provisionally, the time when the Orthodox Western Rite will be fully and properly accepted within Orthodoxy as a legitimate and equal expression of Orthodox Faith and Mission. Our Church was established with the Original Orthodox Mission in America by St. Tikhon of Moscow, continued through St. Raphael of Brooklyn, received consecration from St. John Maximovitch, and was granted official status by Patriarch Nicholas VI of Alexandria.

The Archdiocese endeavors to produce holy and faithful priests who will spread Holy Orthodoxy by both word and example using the ancient Orthodox Western Rite. It is our mission to do all that we can to support efforts for unity within Holy Orthodoxy. In order to accomplish this mission, we are doing a number of things: 1) pressing for a better educated clergy, 2) contacting other jurisdictions to create a forum for traditional non-Assembly Churches to spiritually unite and work together for the common good, and 3) working to make quality liturgical materials available to all people.

We are a growing Orthodox Jurisdiction which embraces the past and future of Orthodoxy – the “past,” because we continue in the Apostles’ Teaching, Fellowship, the Breaking of Bread and the Prayers, and the “future,” because we believe that the timeless message of the Orthodox Gospel, faith, and morals is the only way to remain faithful and to assure a place in the kingdom of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages.

I do not know a Greek Christ, a Russian Christ, an English Christ, an Arab Christ. Christ for me is everything, the super cosmic being. If we confess in the creed, Christ is very God, the Saviour of the Universe, the Creator of the World, by whom all things are made, how can we bring our understanding of Him down to a question of nationality, place or epoch?

Archimandrite Sophrony (Disciple of Saint Silouan)