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The Orthodox Church in America Diocese of the South is a diocese of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). Its territory includes parishes, monasteries, and missions located in fourteen states in the Southern and Southwestern United StatesAlabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. The diocesan chancery is located in Dallas, Texas.

The current archbishop of the South is the Most Reverend Dmitri (Royster). He was consecrated to the position of Bishop of Berkeley on June 22, 1969. In the 1970s he became the first ruling bishop of the new Diocese of the South.


The diocese is grouped geographically into six deaneries, each consisting of a number of parishes. Each deanery is headed by a parish priest, known as a dean. The deans coordinate activities in their area's parishes, and report to the diocesan bishop. The current deaneries of the Diocese of the South and their territories are:

  • Appalachian Deanery – Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia
  • Carolina Deanery – North Carolina and South Carolina
  • Central Florida Deanery – Florida
  • Southcentral Deanery – Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas
  • Southeastern Deanery – Alabama and Georgia,
  • South Florida Deanery – Florida

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