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The primary immigration of Eastern Orthodox Christians was from 1880 to 1920. These immigrants came to America for many reasons; among the most common were poverty, revolutions, and wars. The Orthodox church was formed in the 11th century when dissenters refused to recognize the Pope's authority. Instead, the new Orthodox religion, which organized on national lines, looked upon the Scriptures as their authority. When Orthodox groups began to arrive in America, they usually maintained their original national organization. Thus you find churches called "Greek Orthodox," or "Russian Orthodox," for example. Orthodox immigrants primarily resided in the Northeast and on the West Coast. The first Orthodox church was established in New York in 1876.

Contacts and Sources

Orthodox Church in America
6850 North Hempstead (location)
P.O. Box 675 Route 25A (mailing address)
Syosset, NY 11791
Contact: Alexis Liberovsky
Telephone: (516) 922-0550

Altoona Johnston Diocese
126 Logan Boulevard
Hollidaysburg, PA 16648
Telephone: (814) 695-5579


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