History of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Our Diocese is devoted to the heritage of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, which has maintained the traditions of pre-revolutionary Russian Orthodox practice for the past century in various regions of the Diaspora.
The ‘Act’ of 2007
It behoves every child of the Church Abroad to know something of her history, and especially of the lives and pastoral works of her First Hierarchs, who from the founding of the ROCOR have directed her in the maintenance of wholehearted fidelity to the ascetical, spiritual, liturgical and theological heritage of ancient Russian Orthodoxy, and to whom the present generation of Orthodox Christians in the Diaspora maintains a deep devotion.
First Hierarchs of the Church Abroad
Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky)
Metropolitan Anastasiy (Gribanovsky)
Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky)
Metropolitan Vitaly (Ustinov)
Metropolitan Laurus (Škurla)
Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral)
Current First Hierarch (since 2008)