About Orthodox Christianity in America:
Who are we?
Saint Augustine Orthodox Church is a parish of The Self-ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America and The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East. We are a parish of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America.
1994 was the 200th anniversary of the Eastern Orthodox presence in North America. Orthodoxy entered through Alaska with the Russian mission there in 1794. Orthodox people with roots in Greece, the Balkans, Africa, and the Middle East have since added to the diversity of our continent and our country.
Immigrants from Syria and the Middle East began to organize Churches in 1895, and thereby the two thousand years of spiritual experience of The Antiochian Patriarchate has enriched the New World for more than one hundred years.
The Patriarchate of Antioch and All the East, together with the three other ancient Patriarchates (Constantinople, Alexandria, and Jerusalem); and the four modern Patriarchates (Russia, Serbia, Rumania, and Bulgaria); and the autocephalous Churches (of Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Poland, and Albania); and the three autonomous Churches (Sinai, Czechoslovakia, and Finland)—with many dependent (daughter) bodies and missionary situations throughout the world—comprise what is known today as the "Eastern Orthodox Church" with an estimated 250 million adherents. All are united in faith and share the Apostolic experience and tradition of the past twenty centuries.
The Western Patriarchate (Rome) has been separated from world Orthodoxy since the tragic schism of 1054 A.D. The Roman Church and the Orthodox Churches have not been in communion with each other since that time.
Saint Augustine’s Parish of Denver is a "Western-Orthodox" parish, begun in 1978. The parish is comprised of individuals and families from many backgrounds. It was through the mission of the Western Rite Vicariate in the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese that the Orthodox Church first began her mission of “making America Orthodox” by reaching out to all people here—not just those from a particular ethnic background. It is through the Western Rite Vicariate within Orthodoxy that that Church remains faithful to the Lord’s command—the Great Commission to “Go forth and make disciples of all nations. . .” All services at Saint Augustine's are conducted according to the Gregorian-Latin Rite in the English and Latin languages.
The diversity of backgrounds at St. Augustine’s attests to the appeal of Orthodoxy at a time when many religious groups are viewed as accommodating and trendy. Many converts have sought out Orthodoxy in recent years, discovering its fidelity to scriptural and doctrinal foundations and its changeless expression of the historic Christian faith.