Although Romanian Orthodox parishes
were in existence in the United States and Canada from the turn of the
century, the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America was established as
a Diocese only at a general Church Congress held in the city of
Detroit, Michigan, on April 25-28, 1929.
the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America is governed by the Church
Congress and the Episcopate Council, both presided by the Hierarch and
constituted from representatives of the parishes and of the Auxiliary
and the parishes conduct their affairs in conformity with the
Constitution and By-Laws, as amended and adopted by the Romanian
Orthodox Episcopate National Church Congress on July 2,1994.
the Episcopate functions as a non-profit, religious organization
chartered in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan.
the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate is headed by a Hierarch, elected for
life by a special electoral Congress of the Episcopate, and canonically
examined and consecrated by the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox
Church in America.
Canonically, the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate is under the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church in America.
matters of external relations, the Episcopate cooperates with the
Department of External Relations of the Orthodox Church in America. It
is a founding member of both the World Council of Churches with
headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and the National Council of
Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
Diocesan Center of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America is
located at the Vatra Romaneasca, 2535 Grey Tower Road, Jackson,
Michigan 49201-9120. The Cathedral of the Episcopate is situated in the
The official publication of the Episcopate is SOLIA—THE HERALD, published in the Romanian and English languages, since 1936.