Greek Orthodox Church Of Epirus

Synod Membership In The Orthodox Church Of Epirus (OCE)

  • Please note that our membership extends to Orthodox bishops who have a functioning diocese. If you are just an Orthodox clergy person or live in a monastic community, you would need to be placed under an existing jurisdiction of the OCE.

  • All members are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the premises of the Kingdom Of Epirus, as well as to honor the Royal House of Epirus.

  • Please carefully review the requirements and procedures below. There is no need to fill out a formal Application, if an established diocese or monastic entity is seeking incardination. However, all other required documents must be submitted:

(1) A signed, formal letter (on the respective church stationary) requesting incardination.

(2) A signed, formal letter (on the respective church stationary) of resignation or release of former church affiliation.

(3) Requirements (listed below) must be fulfilled when submitting your petition.

(3) All correspondence must be directed to the Metropolia chancellery.

A Word Of Caution


True Orthodoxy stands for quality over quantity. We know there are many choices, but any mainline church only accepts candidates who are qualified, devoted and sincere. We are looking for commitment to ministerial life that provides a Christ-like, compassionate and inspiring example to the faithful in their care as well as an impeccable Orthodox witness to the public.

This is neither a playground for those seeking titles, prestige or canonical elitism, nor a place for independent experiments and sectarianism, including the delusional aim for universal recognition within Eastern Orthodoxy, Christianity or that of any religion.

Requirements & Procedures

Section I: Essential Documentation

(a) The web site address and other public media presence of the petitioning jurisdiction or monastic entity.

(b) The exact incorporation or public name of the jurisdiction and its postal address.

(c) A Curriculum Vitae of the petitioning hierarch or monastic superior with supporting documents.

Section II: The following documentation should be submitted, unless it is already verified on their website and public profile as they are applicable:

1. The jurisdiction demonstrates its canonical Apostolic Succession beyond reasonable doubt; that is, the claim to Apostolic Succession must be evidenced via documents and/or publications that are verifiable:

1.1 Petitioners submit relevant documentation to this requirement or write a short narrative in support of their claim.

2. Petitioners demonstrate that their jurisdiction is engaged in viable and public ministries:

2.1 Petitioners list all their dependencies, ministries, churches, including all priests, pastors, clergy and monastics serving under their Omophor.

3. Petitioners demonstrate competence and professionalism in their own church polity consistent with Orthodox doctrine, morals and holy Canons:

3.1 Petitioners submit all documents of their credentials, such as diplomas, degrees, including theological education.

3.2 Petitioners make a formal statement of their faith and ethics via an affirmation in a signed confession of faith (form will be provided).

3.3 Petitioners provide statement(s) as to their diocesan polity (such as Statutes, By-Laws, etc.)

4. Petitioners show stability in their jurisdiction's history and administration:

4.1 Petitioners compose a short narrative, highlighting the founding and history of their jurisdiction.


>> Click here for an Application, if you are a clergyman or are seeking vocation.

Please be aware that the Orthodox Church of Epirus does not enter intercommunion agreements, since all Orthodox jurisdictions are already in communion by nature of their canonicity. Any communion agreement with a non-Orthodox entity would naturally be prohibitive.