Archbishop Lazar Puhalo

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo
Archbishop Lazar Puhalo

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo is a retired archbishop of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). He was received into the OCA as a retired archbishop in 2003 from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church-Kyiv Patriarchate (UOC-KP), a vagante jurisdiction.

After the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) took back its antimens from Christ of the Hills Monastery (COTH) in Blanco, Texas, it was reported that the group was received into the UOC-KP by Puhalo. However, the archbishop has maintained that he received the monastics conditionally, with the exception of Father Benedict Greene and Father Jeremiah Hitt, who had been suspended by ROCOR, and when the monastics did not fulfill the necessary conditions, he severed the connection.