N.Y. Religious Corporations Law Section 341
Certificate of incorporation


If the meeting shall decide that such congregation shall become an incorporated church of the Byelorussian Autocephalic Orthodox Church in America, a certificate of incorporation therefor shall be executed and acknowledged by the archbishop, or bishop, who is administrator of the Byelorussian Autocephalic Orthodox Church in America, the rector of the congregation and by the laymen trustees that have been elected, and by the clerk of the corporation, and the said certificate of incorporation shall contain the following:


The name by which the proposed corporation shall be known;


The number of laymen trustees thereof; the names and addresses of the persons elected as trustees; and the term of office for which they were respectively elected;


An exact copy of the resolution which provides for the clerical trustees by virtue of their offices;


The name of county, town, city or village in which the principal place of worship or office is or is intended to be located;


The purpose and intent for which said corporation is created, to be set forth as follows: “The purpose and intent of this corporation is to maintain, propagate, practice and forever perpetuate religious worship, services, sacraments and teaching in full accordance and unity with the doctrine, ritual, canon law, faith, practice, discipline, and traditions and usages of the Holy Orthodox Church; and for carrying out of said purpose and intent, to form and maintain a religious organization of church adherent and obedient to the ecclesiastical jurisdiction and authority of the archbishop, or bishop, or administrator of the Byelorussian Autocephalic Orthodox Church in America and certified by the governing ecclesiastical body of the Byelorussian Autocephalic Orthodox Church, as canonical and duly appointed.” (f) In the certificate of incorporation of societies or organizations, other than churches, special purposes, additional to the above, may be set forth.


On filing such certificate in the office of the county clerk of the county in which such church is or is intended to be located, such church shall be a corporation by the name stated in the certificate, and the persons therein stated to be elected clerical and laymen trustees of such church shall be trustees therefor for their respective terms and until their successors are elected.

Source: Section 341 — Certificate of incorporation, https://www.­nysenate.­gov/legislation/laws/RCO/341 (updated Sep. 22, 2014; accessed Jul. 13, 2024).

Jul. 13, 2024

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