Mission: The Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America (R.O.E.A.), founded in April 1929, is a non-profit, religious organization chartered in accordance with the laws of the State of Michigan. It is a Diocese under the jurisdiction of the Orthodox Church in America. The ROEA is headed by a hierarch (presently, Archbishop Nathaniel Popp) elected for life. The ROEA is a founding member of the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches of Christ. The ROEA comprises 75 parishes across the U.S. and Canada and approximately 70,000 faithful. The ROEA is active in providing aid to the people of Romania through its Department of Christian Assistance and through its participation in the Congress of Romanian Americans (CORA). A Charity Endowment Fund has also been established to provide assistance to the poor and needy in North America. Recently, an affiliated educational institution, St. Andrew's House - The Center for Orthodox Christian Studies, has been established in Detroit, Michigan, to help immigrant clergy adapt pastorally to life in America. The ROEA has a monthly newspaper, SOLIA - THE HERALD, which is available on the ROEA's web site: www.roea.org.