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Serbian True Orthodox Church (STOC)

The Serbian True Orthodox Church originated in the 1990's, when three Serbian monks returned from the Esphigmenou Monastery on Mount Athos, a stronghold of the Greek Old Calendarists. Among them was Nemanja Stanković, who later took the church name Akakije. In 1996, Father Akakije returned to Serbia and established a monastery on Fruška Gora mountain, near Nova Ravanica Monastery. From 1996 to 2011, Akakije and his followers were in communion with the Genuine Orthodox Christians of Greece under Kallinikos, even though that church had caused a schism in those years. Then Father Akakije, feeling mistreated by the Greeks, approached the so-called Russian True Orthodox Church, which itself had fallen from grace by staying in communion with the Cyprianites for seven years, and the RTOC agreed to ordain two bishops for the old calendar Serbs in August 2011. Thereafter, the "Serbian True Orthodox Church" also became estranged from the RTOC because of the former's open sympathy for the Cyprianite heresy, which the RTOC claims to oppose. Thus the STOC must be placed among all the other groups that have been swallowed up by the Cyprianite heresy.

Archbishop Gregory
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Buena Vista, CO 81211-3177
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