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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.

The Paschal Archpastoral Letter of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon

To the Venerable Pastors, God-loving Monastics and Devout Faithful of the Orthodox Church in America

Dearly Beloved in the Lord:

Christ is Risen!

Together with those who came before the dawn with Mary, we have come to that first day of the week and have found the stone rolled away from the sepulcher. With astonishment, we ponder the question of the Angel: “Why do you seek among the dead, as though He were mortal man, Him who abides in everlasting light?” And with wonder, we behold the grave-clothes lying in the empty tomb as a powerful sign of the reality of the resurrection of Christ, the Conqueror of Death.

Like the Myrrhbearers and the Apostles who ran to the sepulcher, all of us have taken a journey from the darkness and confusion of this world to the light and truth of the resurrection. We have sailed across the great sea of the Fast, asking the Lord to take from us sloth, despair, lust for power and idle talk so that we might replace them with love for Christ, compassion for our fellow human beings and care for all creation. We have been pilgrims with the Lord through the barrenness of His life-giving Passion and have tasted the wonder that is the “universally nourishing work of the Cross” (St Timothy of Antioch).

Now, we are renewed with an apostolic zeal that finds its source both in the Cross and the empty tomb, and receives its fulfillment in the grace-filled work undertaken by the twelve Apostles as they divided among themselves the preaching of the Resurrection to the ends of the world. We are reminded that we are all, within the holy Church, on what St Herman of Alaska calls a “pilgrimage of the apostolic word,” and that at every moment of that pilgrimage, we need to measure ourselves against Christ, and against those who, through martyrdom, through asceticism and through missionary labors, have shown themselves to be witnesses to the power of the life- creating cross of Christ and to the glory of His Kingdom.

Today we make a commitment to Our Lord and His Holy Church to fight the good fight of faith, and to continue our journey on the path of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness and gentleness (1 Timothy 6:11-12). As we rejoice today in the victory over death, and continue on our pilgrimage, being transformed from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), let us remember that regardless of the path our pilgrimage takes us on, we are all called to be Apostles and witnesses of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ.

Therefore, let us take up the challenge of the Angel offered to those who stood at the empty tomb, and together with the Apostles, the Martyrs, the Ascetics and the Missionaries, let us Go quickly and proclaim to the world that the Lord is risen and has slain death; for He is the Son of God, who saves the race of man.

May the grace that today shines forth so abundantly from the tomb sustain our joy and provide the light for our holy pilgrimage leading us to the life of the world to come.

With love in the risen Lord,

Archbishop of Washington
Metropolitan of All America and Canada


Youth Rally 2014
Details concerning this year's Rally

When: August 11-16, 2014

Who: All diocesan youth who have completed fifth grade and have not yet celebrated their 18th birthday are eligible to attend Youth Rally.

Where: At the Campgrounds of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston's Saint Methodious Faith and Heritage Center, Contoocook, New Hampshire.

Note: The firm deadline for youth registration is July 7, 2014.

Please see the accompanying PDF document for more details.

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.

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.

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

Seminarian Scholarships
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

 New ONE Edition

The March edition of ONE is now available.

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.

Parish Grant Application for 2014 now available.

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.

Hierarch's Report

The report of His Eminence, Nikon, from the 50th Assembly of the Diocese of New England is avaliable.

Current Photos

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PO Box 1182
Torrington, CT 06790-1182

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