Welcome to the official website of the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of New England,
under the guidance of His Eminence, the Most Reverend NIKON, Archbishop of Boston.
Winter 2015 “Mind and Spirit Moments”
Register now for a weekly public continuing education course in Byzantine Music beginning Tuesday, February 3, 2015, on the campus of St. Vladimir’s Seminary.
Beginners Class will meet from 6:45 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Advanced Class will meet from 8:10 p.m. to 9:25 p.m.
Contact Dr. Nicholas Reeves, assistant professor of Liturgical Music at the seminary, at 914–961–8313 x353, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
His Grace Nicholas (Ozone), auxiliary bishop of Brooklyn for the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of North America (AOCANA), will speak at the 32nd Annual Father Alexander Schmemann Memorial Lecture, Friday, January 30, 2015, 7 p.m. on "The Life and Ministry of St. Raphael of Brooklyn."
Parish Grant Initiative
The diocesan "Parish Grant Initiative" will continue in 2014. Parishes in the New England Diocese can apply for financial grants to support outreach and charity programs in their communities. The diocese has again budgeted up to $10,000 in grant monies to help support parishes in these efforts. Applications will be reviewed as received.
Parish Grant Initiative Background
Parish Grant Initiative Application - MS Word format
40 Days for Life in Hartford
All Saints, Hartford, took part in the 40 Days for Life in Hartford on Oct. 31, 6 AM to 3 PM. This was not a protest but a forty day prayer vigil at a traffic circle near an abortion clinic. Under the leadership of Fr. James Parnell, members of the parish prayed throughout the day. They also held signs to explain their purpose of praying for an end to abortion.
The Diocesan Grant program awarded three grants to the Southbury, Clinton, and Ansonia parishes in 2014.
Christ the Savior (Southbury) received a grantfor the third year to support and expand the Connecticut Bible Lecture Series (CBLS) which they have sponsored for several years. The mission of CBLS is to educate, inspire, and challenge participants of all backgrounds'to hear and understand the Word of God. Twice ayear, Fr. Paul Tarazi (lecturer at St. Vladimir's Seminary, Holy Cross Seminary, and Balamand, Lebanon) presents a day long course on one book of the Bible, equivalent to one of Fr. Paul's seminary classes.
St. Alexis of Wilkes-Barre (Clinton) received a grant for the second year to expand the "Clinton Garden for All". The Clinton parish partners with a neighboring parish, Holy Advent, on this project. This year's Grant helped to expdnd the two acre community garden near the Holy Advent parish and increase and improve the irrigation system for the garden. All the produce is donated to the local Food Pantry. Members of St. Alexis are actively involved in the gardening and in managing the plot of land. This has included donations to build needed structures and a water source.
Three Saints (Ansonia) received a grant for second year to support their week-long summer Vacation Church School (VCS). The grant money allowed them to keep the registration fee at a minimum and to provide needed materials for the theme-based activities during the week. The summer program continues to expand in size with participants ranging in age from 5 - 13, mostly Orthodox and some non-Orthodox. The coordinators of the VCS continue to reach out in the local community and invite more non-Orthodox as a way to introduce them to the Orthodox Faith.
The Diocese of New England makes available limited scholarships for modest financial assistance according to the following guidelines:
A scholarship applicant must:
1) Be a parishioner of a member parish of the Diocese of New England, Orthodox Church in America;
2) Be currently enrolled, as a full–time student, in a degree granting program at an accredited Orthodox seminary with the knowledge and blessing of the diocesan bishop.
For more information, please contact Archbishop NIKON.
Download Scholarship Application
51st Diocesan Assembly - 10/25/14
St. Nectarous Vespers - 11/09/14
Donations can be sent anytime to:
PO Box 1182
Torrington, CT 06790-1182
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The Winter 2014 Issue of ONE is now available.
Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response
The Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America approved and issued a revised Policy, Standards, and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct at their Fall 2013 Holy Synod meeting. This policy is now in force in the Church. It is the goal of the entire Church to provide a safe and healthy environment for all of the faithful of the Orthodox Church in America. The Church laments the sin of sexual misconduct, and will not tolerate sexual misconduct by its clergy or any layperson.
At the March 2014 meeting of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, revisions to the Policies, Standards, and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct [PSP] were approved.
For more information please see here.
The OCA Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response webpage is here.
To confidentially report a case of misconduct please use the toll-free number 855-398-2600. All calls will be confidential.
Guidelines on background checks now available
At the spring session of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, held at the Chancery March 18-21, 2014, “Guidelines on Background Checks” were issued. [See related article.] The Guidelines, which offer detailed information on how and for whom “basic background checks” are required, are available in PDF format. Included in the Guidelines are recommended sources for conducting checks and information on on-line sexual abuse prevention training.