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The American Missionary Diocese

XVIII/XX Centuries
By this name, we mean the pre-Revolutionary Russian Orthodox diocese originally based in Alaska, then in San Francisco, and finally in New York. Most (though not all) Orthodox in America seem to have recognised this diocese as the canonical American church regardless of their own ethnicity. After the Russian Revolution, the Diocese lost much of its pan-ethnic scope (and even many of its Russian parishes); for its history after the Revolution and development into an autocephalous church, see the entry on the Metropolia and OCA.


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