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.

ROCOR Liturgics

ROCOR Statutes

The ‘Act’ of 2007

The Synod

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 Anthony (Khrapovitsky)

Ruled 1920-1936

Metropolitan Anastasiy (Gribanovsky)

Metropolitan Anastasiy (Gribanovsky)

Ruled 1936-1964

Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky)

Metropolitan Philaret (Voznesensky)

Ruled 1964-1985

Metropolitan Vitaly (Ustinov)

Metropolitan Vitaly (Ustinov)

Ruled 1986-2001

Metropolitan Laurus (Škurla)

Metropolitan Laurus (Škurla)

Ruled 2001-2008

Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral)

Metropolitan Hilarion (Kapral)

Current First Hierarch (since 2008)