The Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basilsm

This name is a common law Service Mark of this Church and has been a Registered Service Mark of this Church.

There are a number of other groups claiming to be the Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil but they are not associated with us or with a canonical orthodox church jurisdiction. We are the one and only original group that was established within THE HOLY EASTERN ORTHODOX CATHOLIC AND APOSTOLIC CHURCH IN NORTH AMERICA in 1931.

We are aware a couple independent groups are claiming our name and claim to be from our Church and the original SSB. The also acknowledge certain issues like;

We also point out that Ignatius, who was an auxiliary bishop, left this Church in June 1933 without the required letters to marry. He was no longer associated with this Church or the Society. In 1934 he was claiming to be an Archbishop of an independent, not a canonical, church. In 1942 he left orthodoxy completely to became pastor of a small protestant Church in Vermont and was the pastor there when he died.

A few former members of this society entered the Antiochian Church. Bishop Alexander Tyler Turner was incardinated as a priest thus renouncing his episcopal orders from Ignatius. Turner died an Antiochian priest.

Some independents claim our name(s), our history and even to be us. We exist as who we are and would know if any of these independents were ever from this Church or part of our lines. They are not us or from this Church.

is the parent Church of The original Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil®. The original Society was established as part of this Church in 1931 and continues as part of this Church as well as the name being both a common law service mark since 1936 and it was a Registered Service Mark of this Church until May 26, 2009. The law states that once you own a service mark for 5 years its yours permanently. You are not required to maintain a registration to keep your name.

The Society was established by Archbishop Aftimios Ofiesh and other clergy of this Church.

In 1945 the Society under THEOCACNA was headquartered in Chicago under the leadership of Fr. Cyprian and consisted of 9 members.

A few members of the Society left this Church with Alexander Turner and joined the Antiochian Church but after Turners death Fr. Forbes, a former Antiochian priest, and 1 or 2 others left the Antiochian Church and they parted company. Forbes sought independent consecration by 2 independent bishops, established an independent Society using our name "Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil" and never having been associated with THEOCACNA did try to claim he was us under a different name.

It should be noted here that Alexaner Tyler Turer also was an editor of the St. Andrews Western Rite Service Book that is published by the Antiochians.


NOTE: The individuals who joined the Antiochian Church appear to have done so individually as (former) members of the Society of Clerks Secular of St. Basil®. The Antiochian Church did not merge with or take over this Church but they like to make numerous unproven claims about this Church and our former clergy in an attempt to re-write church history. Our Church and corporate identity continue today.

We continue today as the Church and with the society as it was originally established. Both names were Registered Service Marks (®) of this Church (corporation). Both names are also OUR common law service marks.


We continue today as the same canonically established Church - The Holy Eastern Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America ® (THEOCACNA), the Church that Archbishop Aftimios was named to head in 1927 and incorporated in 1928. Being a canonically established Church the Society within this Church is also canonically established. All others who use our name outside of this Church are not the original order and are not the canonically established Society.

The former members who left this Church did so contrary to the canons without letters. They have no documents to prove otherwise. When Fr. Forbes left the Antiochian Church he took as one of his names the name "The Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil". He also used the name "Holy Orthodox Church - American Jurisdiction".

Today the Society within this Church is headed by Archbishop Victor who is also the National Dean.


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