Ignatius (W.A.) Nichols
Auxilary Bishop 1932-1933
1934-1942 Episcopi Vagant claiming to be Archbishop
of the Holy Orthodox Church in America
1942 - Became pastor of a Community Church
Ignatius never ordained anyone for THEOCACNA.
When he left the Church without the required letters
he had no authority to act for THEOCACNA.
According to the 1932 newspaper article Ignatius was NOT on the synod.
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You may read volumes of information about Ignatius (William Albert)
Nichols but simply put it should be noted that none who claim lines from
Ignatius after he left THEOCACNA in 1933 are or have been associated with
the Church Abp. Ofiesh originally headed. Abp. Ofiesh did not found or
establish the Church as some claim. They also, according to Orthodox
canons and tradition have no legitimate claim on our Church, lines of
Apostolic Succession or history since his acts, done after leaving the
Orthodox Church, were without authority or mandate as a former Orthodox
bishop. When he left the Church to start an independent Church he left all
authority to act in Orthodoxy. Basically he was an Episcopi Vagant.
Those who claim acts by Ignatius after 1942 clearly are making false
claims since Ignatius left Orthodoxy at least by 1942 when he became
pastor of a community Church where he was pastor until his death in 1947.
Ignatius Nichols was canonically consecrated Bishop in The Holy Eastern
Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America? on Sept. 27,
1932. He did not consecrate anyone for this Church or by the authority of
the North American Holy Synod [sm]. What we have found is that he left
Theocacna [sm] shortly after Abp. Ofiesh married (1933) he left this
Since we are the same Church (and Corporation) we find it within the
authority of the Synod to denounce as invalid by Orthodox Canons all
claims of ordination and consecration from and by Ignatius Nichols.
The simple fact is that no mandate, as required, was ever issued for
the acts claimed that supposedly trace back to us. Without a mandate from
this Church and since he left this Church any acts were based on his own
authority and not the authority of this Church. No lines can be traced
back to this Church by any unauthorized acts.
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To the best of our knowledge none in the independent movement have
valid canonical orthodox lines traced to this Church. The Rudder (Orthodox
Canons) clearly state that the Patriarch or Metropolitan is to head the
gathered bishops for an ordination (consecration). The canons fail to
consider that so many individuals would claim to be a primate, patriarch,
metropolitan, archbishop or bishop and claim to head his, or her, church.
All these independent churches are basically unrecognized by any old world
(ethnic) orthodox synod.
These same individuals write and rewrite history regarding bishops who
have been deposed and/or excommunicated. They claim one bishop can lift
the decree issued by another bishop or that one bishop can suspend or
excommunicate another bishop. All is contrary to the canons. In other
words they make up their own rules as they go and ignore the historic
Ignatius (William Albert) Nichols did in June 1933, a couple months
after Abp. Ofiesh married, also married and left this Church. In 1934 he
claimed to be a bishop of the Metropolitan Synod of the Holy Orthodox
Church in America and ordained and consecrated in the name of that church.
The Society of Clerks Secular of Saint Basil is an order started in this
Church, remains in this Church to this day and we legally own the name.
When members left this Church they left our Society. When Ignatius
ordained for the Society it was for the independent group he started after
leaving THEOCACNA. After Ignatius left this Church no acts were done in
The Holy Orthodox Church in America does not appear to have been a NY
corporation under that name.
Since Ignatius was with that church the Forbes Holy Orthodox Church -
AJ may have assumed a similar name.
When he died he was the pastor of a small Community Church in Vermont.
Today many still try to claim his lines trace to the American Orthodox
Catholic Church (THEOCACNA).
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THEREFORE, The North American Holy Synod [sm] refuses to accept
as valid any Episcopal acts, i.e. ordinations and consecrations, performed
by Ignatius Nichols without the prior consent of the Synod or a Council of
When he left this Church he left all authority to act in the name of
this Church. Since our records indicate Ignatius went his own way without
the required Canonical Letters we view all acts as invalid and contrary to
For the Synod
The Holy Eastern
Orthodox Catholic and Apostolic Church in North America, Inc.
August 22, 1997