Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Greece (Holy Synod in Resistance), American Exarchate

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Organization Information Record Year 2016

Name: Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Greece (Holy Synod in Resistance), American Exarchate
Denomination type: Eastern Orthodox Churches
Year Reporting: 2010
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Description: The American Exarchate of the Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Greece (Holy Synod in Resistance) adheres to the tenets of the Eastern Orthodox Church, which considers itself the legitimate heir of the historical Apostolic Church.
When the Orthodox Church of Greece adopted the New, or Gregorian, Calendar in 1924, many felt that this breach with tradition compromised the Church?s festal calendar, based on the Old, or Julian, Calendar, and its unity with world Orthodoxy. In 1935, three State Church Bishops returned to the Old Calendar and established a Synod in Resistance, the True Orthodox Church of Greece. When the last of these Bishops died, the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad consecrated a new Hierarchy for the Greek Old Calendarists and, in 1969, declared them a Sister Church.
In the face of persecution by the State Church, some Old Calendarists denied the validity of the Mother Church of Greece and formed two synods, now under the direction of Archbishop Kallinikos of Athens and Archbishop Nicholas of Athens. A moderate faction under Metropolitan Cyprian of Oropos and Fili does not maintain communion with the Mother Church of Greece, but recognizes its validity and seeks a restoration of unity by a return to the Julian Calendar and traditional ecclesiastical polity by the State Church. About 1.5 million Orthodox Greeks belong to the Old Calendar Church.
The first Old Calendarist communities in the United States were formed in the 1930s. The Exarchate under Metropolitan Cyprian was established in 1986. Placing emphasis on clergy education, youth programs, and recognition of the Old Calendarist minority in American Orthodoxy, the Exarchate has encouraged the establishment of monastic communities and missions. Cordial contacts with the New Calendarist and other Orthodox communities are encouraged. A center for theological training and Patristic studies has been established at the Exarchate headquarters in Etna, California.
In July 1994, the Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Greece (Holy Synod in Resistance), the Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Romania, the Old Calendar Orthodox Church of Bulgaria, and the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad entered into liturgical union, forming a coalition of traditionalist Orthodox bodies several million strong.

Contact Information Record Year 2016

Address: St. Gregory Palamas Monastery
Address line 2: P.O. Box 398
City: Etna
State: California
Zip Code: 96027-0398
Country: United States
Phone: (530)467-3228

Media Contact Record Year 2016

Name: Exarch in America, His Eminence, Archbishop Chrysostomos
Phone: n/a
Email: n/a

Attesting Officer Record Year 2016

Name: Hieromonk Gregory
Position: Treasurer
Phone: (530)467-3228

Membership & Attendance Record Year 2016

Full Communicants: 1,095
Other Members: 0
Total Inclusive Members: 1,095
Total Churches: 14
Average Attendance: 0
Membership Calculation Method: Estimate

Clergy Record Year 2016

Serving Churches: 18
Other Service to the Church: 0
Retired: 3
Total Clergy: 21

Religious Education Record Year 2016

Total Schools: 0
Pupils: 0
Staff: 0
Total Individuals: 0

Finance Record Year 2016

Total Benevolences: $10,000.00
Total Giving Local Expense: $0.00
Total Financial: $1,000,000
Receipts/Expenditures: Expenditures