The Origin of the Vicariate
After a long process that began in 1993 related to the ecclesiastical status of Church communities
connected with the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, there was a final decision by the Ecumenical Patriarchate
and Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Both Patriarchates agreed that the canonical and pastoral supervision of
these communities & their clergy would belong to the canonically established jurisdiction of the Greek
Orthodox Archdiocese of America. The process continued through 2009, when the creation of the
"Vicariate for Palestinian/Jordanian Christian Orthodox Communities in the USA was established.

Most notably, despite its designation as a Vicariate for Palestinian/Jordanian Christian Orthodox
Communities, the Vicariate actually serves a wide range of parishioners, including, but not limited to,
Americans, Greeks, Russians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Lebanese, Palestinians, Syrians and many others
who all subscribe to the canons established by Jesus Christ & his Apostles almost 2,000 years ago.  
The Vicariate for the Palestinian & Jordanian Orthodox Communities in America
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