The Diocese of the South
Orthodox Church in America
OCA Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response

The latest background investigation guidelines are available here.

Additionally, please visit the OCA's Office for the Review of Sexual Misconduct Allegations webpage ifor more information about sexual misconduct prevention and response.


From time to time, the Dallas Chancery Office receives requests for various documents including our DOS Uniform Parish Bylaws. In an effort to make this and other documents available, this section of the DOS website will be adding useful documents that have been approved by His Beatitude, Metropolitan Jonah as well as those approved by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church in America.

You are welcome to download and use these documents as needed.

We will be adding additional documents and links in the future.

DOS Remittance Form

Diocesan By-Laws

2013 By-Laws of the Diocese of the South.

DOS Uniform Parish Bylaws

Revised 2009 DOS Uniform Parish Bylaws .pdf version

Revised 2009 DOS Uniform Parish Bylaws -Pamphlet style .pdf version

Please note that an official addition to the DOS Uniform Parish  Bylaws  has been made (but not included in the above copy) to include that in a mission, the priest-in-charge may appoint the mission council, with the approval of the Diocesan hierarch.

Statutes Concerning Missions

Applications for E.I.N and Tax-Exempt Status

Here are some helpful links to the Internal Revenue Service and how to apply for a Employee Identification Number (EIN) and the process to apply for a Federal Tax Exempt Status. This information is very useful for new missions and mission stations.

Additionally, the OCA website has some helpful information on this subject.

If you have any other questions, please free to contact Milos Konjevich, DOS Treasurer at 214-522-4149.
Clergy Guidelines Approved by OCA Holy Synod of Bishops

OCA Clergy Compensation Guidelines

In addition to the OCA Clergy Compensation Guideline document, we have provided links to US Census Bureau data and a stand-alone site that lists information on every city in the USA including Median Income data based on 2000 US Census Bureau information. Such data will be useful to determine clergy compensation based on the median income in which a parish is located.

OCA Clergy Compensation Guidelines .pdf version

Useful US Census Bureau Income Statistics:

All Cities in the USA data which includes median incomes

Rubric Resources from OCA

The Orthodox Church in America has a new feature to its website featuring Rubric resources. Although it is still being added to, we are pleased to link this information to our DOS website as a resource for our clergy and laity.


On Confession

His Eminence wrote his reflection On Confession for the DOS website and The Dawn, however he also wishes it to be part of the Parish Resource section and understood as a Spiritual Directive to the clergy of the DOS. The article can be downloaded and reprinted here.

On Confession

On Confession .pdf

The Priest and the Parish

Sep 39, 2011
Here is a link to a series of lectures Fr. Thomas Hopko gave to on the role of the priest in the local parish.