Committee for Canonical Regional Planning


The Committee for Canonical Regional Planning will formulate a proposal for a plan to organize all the Orthodox faithful of every jurisdiction in the Region on a canonical basis, in accordance with the Rules of Operation, Article 5.e of the 4th Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference in Chambésy. This plan is intended for presentation to the forthcoming Great and Holy Synod as per the Decision Article 1.b of the 4th Pre-Conciliar Pan-Orthodox Conference.


Abp. Nicolae (Romanian) - Chairman
Met. Iakovos (GOA)
Met. Nicholas (GOA)
Bp. Daniil (Bulgarian)
Met. Tikhon (OCA)

Committee Liaison

Protodeacon Peter Danilchick


Fr. Nicolas Apostola - Facilitator
Fr. Joseph Abud
Tatiana Veselkina
Jerry Dimitriou
Alexei Krindatch
Demetrios Moschus
Steve Radakovich
Fr. Bazyl Zawierucha

Terms of Reference

What is to be accomplished

  • Develop an organizational and geographic map of all bishops, dioceses and parishes
  • Define specific characteristics of pastoral and administrative relevance, e.g., distances and travel demands within dioceses, liturgical/ daily language, liturgical and ethnic customs, pastoral and financial practices, canonical requirements, etc
  • Develop possible alternatives to existing assignment of bishops to dioceses and distribution of parishes within dioceses, taking into account the above characteristics and ensuring the highest degree of pastoral concern for the faithful
  • Review, discuss, and revise above alternatives with the Committee Chairs, Officers and Executive Committee and review with entire Assembly when consensus reached
  • Call the Orthodox to a deeper spiritual as well as canonical unity which is often threatened by schismatic groups competing with the canonical structure of the Orthodox Church

How it is to be accomplished

  • Determine at the outset, and update regularly, the timetable for accomplishment of the Committee's objectives
  • Obtain information on existing organizations and geographies from Committee on Canonical Affairs
  • Construct and complete a matrix of specific pastoral and administrative characteristics in coordination with Bishops' strengths with input from other appropriate Committees
  • Form a small group of objective consultants to brainstorm and produce possible alternatives to existing hierarchical and parish distributions
  • Review, discuss and revise possible arrangements with successive levels: Committee Chairs, Officers, Executive Committee, and Assembly

With whom it is to be accomplished

  • The Committee Chairs
  • A team of consultants to develop potentially-sensitive canonical alternatives
  • The Officers, Executive Committee, and the entire Assembly

News and Events

Committee for Canonical Regional Planning 2014 Annual Report

Friday, November 21, 2014
The 2014 annual report of the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning is now available online. read more »

Committee for Canonical Regional Planning 2013 Report

Friday, December 20, 2013
The 2013 annual report of the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning is now available online. read more »

Canonical Regional Planning Committee 2012 Annual Report

Monday, February 04, 2013
The 2012 annual report of the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning is now available online. read more »

Committee for Canonical Regional Planning 2011 Annual Report

Monday, March 26, 2012
Read the latest annual report from the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning which is charged with formulating a proposal for a plan to organize all the Orthodox faithful of every jurisdiction in the Region on a canonical basis. read more »

Five Facts About the Orthodox Church in the United States

Monday, March 12, 2012
Assembly of Bishops Research Coordinator Alexei Krindatch has released a new 40-page report titled, Five Interesting Facts About Orthodox Church Geography and Demography in the United States. read more »

Committee for Canonical Regional Planning Meets

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops' Committee on Canonical Regional Planning met in-person on Friday, January 27, 2012, at the headquarters of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese in Chicago, Illinois, hosted by Archbishop Nicolae, Chairman of the Committee. read more »

Atlas of American Orthodox Christian Churches

Wednesday, June 29, 2011
The Atlas provides a "snapshot" of the Orthodox Christian Churches in the United States. It is addressed for the wide - Orthodox and non-Orthodox, academic and non-academic - audiences. Simultaneously, this book is an atlas, a reference book and a thematic monograph. It is an atlas because it contains numerous maps to show the historical development and present territorial patterns of Orthodox Church life in America. It is a reference book because it furnishes comprehensive information and statistical data on all American Orthodox Christian Churches. It is a thematic monograph because the essays in this book tell the story of the Orthodox Christian past and present in the United States. read more »

IOCC Provides Greece with Emergency Supply to Feed Livestock

Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The Peloponnese, Greece) The plan to bring relief to the farmers of Greece is underway with International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) beginning its distribution of 170 metric tons of animal feed on Saturday. IOCC will provide farmers with an emergency supply of animal feed for small (sheep, goats, pigs) and large livestock (horses, bulls, cows)—a total of 53,000 head of livestock. read more »

Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) the ends of the Earth - Cameroon

Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Cameroon – For three months every year the arid landscape of northern Cameroon succumbs to the cleansing deluge of the rainy season. The dust settles and the scorched desert floor is replaced by a plain of green grass. read more »

OCMC - The Joy of Missions: Rajmonda's Pascha

Friday, April 13, 2007
To look into the eyes of Rajmonda (Ray-moonda) is to stare across oceans of time. Within her lies a storied past, but also a sincere hope for the future. Rajmonda was born in Albania into a world made gray by communism. During her childhood, food was scarce and the pangs of hunger could be felt by many. The fear of heavy handed authorities hung over the entire country like a dark cloud. read more »

Orthodox Christian Mission the ends of the Earth

Friday, March 23, 2007
Bishop Jeronymos visited St. Paul’s in Irvine to thank the community for its support of Orthodoxy in Tanzania, and to share with them the remarkable growth that his diocese has experienced in the past decade. The number of communities in the Bukoba Diocese has gone up from 55 to 166. Seventy of these communities now have permanent churches. The number of faithful has increased from 17,000 to 41,200, and the number of clergy serving them has more than tripled from 9 to 34. read more »

Crisis in Indonesia – March 19, 2007

Friday, March 23, 2007
The Orthodox Christians in Indonesia have joined the list of those attacked by Muslim extremists. Father Methodios Sri Gunarjo, his family and other Orthodox were terrorized and threatened this past weekend. Although there are no reports of physical harm at this point, the verbal, psychological and other forms of abuse continue. At one point, a knife was put to the throat of Father Methodios, as his attackers demanded that he close the Churches in the Boyolali area of Central Java. It should be noted that there is a thriving ministry in this area. read more »

OCMC Missionary Ed Pier Reports From Guatemala

Friday, March 09, 2007
Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) missionary, Edwin Pier, has been serving in Guatemala since last year. Mr. Pier’s story will be one of many that we profile throughout the year to keep you informed regarding the many ministries of the missionaries that you have sent to witness for Christ. Last December, he filed the following report detailing the incredible work that is being done at the Hogar Rafael Ayau Orphanage in Guatemala City. read more »

OCMC Joins Ghana's Orthodox Christians in Celebrating Their Silver Jubilee

Wednesday, January 31, 2007
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Ghanaian Church’s reception into canonical Orthodoxy. The celebration of this momentous anniversary will focus on creating an opportunity for spiritual renewal that will guide the Church’s growth into the future. In doing so, the Church will be equipped to play her proper role of being an agent for the true transformation of the Ghanaian communities in which she bears witness. This transformation comes through creating awareness among the general public, and among the Church’s own members, to make the Church better known in Ghana, Africa, and beyond. read more »

SCOBA Hierarchs Appeal For Archbishop Jovan's Release From Prison

Tuesday, December 19, 2006
The Hierarchs of the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA) expressed at their meeting today their bond of brotherly love with Archbishop Jovan of Ochrid and condemned his second imprisonment by the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). read more »

IOCC Receives $5.16 Million for Lebanon Development

Wednesday, December 13, 2006
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) has received two grants from the United States Government to significantly expand its ongoing work to help Lebanon recover from the war. A grant of $3.46 million has been awarded to IOCC by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for the repair and development of 154 public schools in southern Lebanon, the Beqaa valley, and Mount Lebanon. A $1.7 million extension grant from the U.S. Government’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) will expand IOCC’s current program to help returnees rebuild their lives in southern Lebanon and southern Beirut. read more »

Medical Shipment To Albania Critical to Country's Declining Healthcare

Monday, November 13, 2006
With only one percent of the national budget spent on healthcare in Albania, and with 25% of the population living below the poverty level, IOCC’s recent shipment of medical supplies valued at over $435,000 is welcome aid indeed. read more »

OCMC Missionaries, The Luisi Family, Arrive Safely in Albania

Thursday, September 21, 2006
After many months of preparation, the Luisi Family (Constance, Dennis and their five year old son Dominico) have arrived safely in Albania. read more »

IOCC Expands Aid to Lebanon Through OFDA Grant

Thursday, August 31, 2006
International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) announces a broad expansion of its ongoing relief work in Southern Lebanon through a newly-awarded $2 million grant from the U.S. Government’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA). IOCC will provide water and sanitation installations, hygiene kits, psychosocial support, infrastructure rehabilitation, emergency relief supplies and cash for work activities in the hardest-hit southern villages of Marjeyoun, Hasbayya, and seven other villages surrounding the port city of Tyre. read more »

IOCC Delivers Critical Medical Relief to Lebanon

Thursday, August 24, 2006
Nearly $100,000 in antibiotics, surgical supplies and other critically needed medicines has arrived in Beirut. The supplies will help an estimated 20,000 patients for three months. International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) arranged for the shipment, which was airlifted from Holland to Damascus, Syria. After weeks of heavy bombing of the Lebanon/Syria highway, safe passage was confirmed on August 21 and the supplies were loaded onto two trucks for the 220-mile extended road trip from Damascus to Beirut through northern Lebanon. read more »