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.
Historic Bridgeport Church Receives $20,000 Grant from Connecticut Trust
Holy Ghost Church, Bridgeport, CT
Holy Ghost Russian Orthodox Greek Catholic Church, Bridgeport, CT, has recently been awarded a $20,000 Historic Preservation Technical Assistance Grant (HPTAG), which will fund a condition assessment and restoration plan for its church building. The grant, given by the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, has been equally matched by funds from a bequest to the parish from Alexander and Astrid Samus, by permission of Sophie Rogers, sister of Mr. Samus and current member of the Parish Council of Holy Ghost Church. The church has contracted with TLB Architecture, a firm in Chester, CT, to do a top-to-bottom assessment of the building during the coming year, beginning in February 2014. The pastor of the parish, Archpriest Steven J. Belonick, explained the need for the assessment, saying, “Our church temple during the past decades has suffered damage from the natural elements and is certainly feeling its age. This architectural study will help us better understand any major and minor problems with the structure and the building’s mechanicals, and will help us better plan our course for the future.” Holy Ghost Church, situated at 1510 East Main Street, in the heart of Bridgeport, was founded in 1894 as part of the North American Archdiocese of the Russian Orthodox Church, and now is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America (OCA). A canonized saint of the OCA, Priest Alexis Toth, served at the dedication of the parish’s first church building, located at Hallett St., on Palm Sunday, April 26, 1895. The parish relocated to East Main St. and dedicated its present building on Palm Sunday, April 26, 1937. The church building contains a wealth of historic treasures, including six enormous sonorous bells cast by master metallurgist B.M. Orlov in St. Petersburg, Russia and donated by Tsar Nicholas II to the parish in 1896; the largest of the bells, weighing 4,000 pounds, contains in raised relief the images of Russian rulers Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexander on one side, and an icon of Christ on the other side. The icon screen also was donated by Tsar Nicholas II and Tsarina Alexander, and contains a unique panel of their patron saints. The church’s magnificent stained glass windows were the subject of a survey by the Stained Glass Association of America in 1983, and subsequently became included in a computer base at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as a study for art historians. HPTAG is a collaborative historic preservation technical assistance program of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation (CTHP), in partnership with and funding from the State Historic Preservation Office, Department of Economic and Community Development, through the Community Investment Act.
Sexual Misconduct Prevention and Response
Revised and Updated
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.
To confidentially report a case of misconduct please use the toll-free number 855-398-2600. All calls will be confidential.
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.
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.
Below is a short video of the missionary efforts to the Turkana people of Africa. Fr. and Matushka Aleandro (of Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, Southbury, CT) have made several missionary trips to this part of Africa. You can see Matushka teaching and Fr. Vladimir dancing in the video.
May our Good Lord Bless their love and missionary zeal to these people of Turkana!
Official OCA Policy and Guidelines -
Links to the OCA Policies and Procedures on Sexual Misconduct and Guidelines for Reducing the Risk of Child Sexual Abuse have been added to the Diocese website. See the "Resources" tab in the Navigation Menu.
Grief and Loss: Finding Our Way Into The Arms Of The Church - 02/26/14
FORCC will hold it's religious ed. seminar entitled "Grief and Loss: Finding Our Way Into The Arms Of The Church" on Sat., March 29th starting at 9am- noon. Location is Christ the Savior Orthodox Church in Southbury. Please post/announce the information. Dr. Albert Rossi will be the speaker. This workshop is free, however, for planning purposes we would like to have an approximate number of attendees. Please RSVP to Matushka Jenny Mosher at firstname.lastname@example.org or Nina Kosowsky at email@example.com.
The Parish Grant Initiative of the New England Diocese is an opportunity to provide financial support to parishes in the diocese for new or existing parish outreach or charitable projects in their local communities. Modest cash grants will be awarded to a few parishes to help build new programs or to strengthen existing ones.
The report of His Eminence, Nikon, from the 50th Assembly of the Diocese of New England is avaliable.