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.
Youth Rally 2015
The Attendee packets for this year's Youth Rally are now available!
Please see the accompanying link to download a PDF of this information.
All Saints of America Parish Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary
At 9:30 a.m. on June 14th, on the Feastday of All Saints of America, we will officially mark our 25th Anniversary with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with His Emminence, Archbishop Nikon, followed by a celebratory luncheon banquet nearby. The evening before, on June 13th, at 5:00 we will be singing the Akathist Hymn to the Saints of North America, with the veneration of the relics of St. Herman of Alaska, St. Innocent, Apostle to America, St. Tikhon, , St. Raphael, St. Nicholai of Zicha, St. Alexis of Wilkes Barre, and being received on this day, incredibly, also the relics of St. Basil of Afognak, St. John of San Francisco, and a relic of St. Gregory the Theologian as well! Glory be to God! Glory forever! We are continuing to plan events, God willing, through the end of the year, so hop on the web site, www.allsaintsofamerica.us for more information!
Calling all Diocesan Youth and Young Adults
Youth Rally Will Soon Be Here!
Especially, we are now recruiting volunteer adult staff members for Rally. Adult Staff Members need to be active Orthodox Christian communicants of at least 18 years old who have the blessing of their parish priest (i.e., the priest who regularly hears their confession) to participate and who have been approved as staff by me (Fr. John Hopko), in my capacity as Rally Director, on behalf of the Diocese of New England.
Calling all youth and youth volunteers!
Why are we having a youth program?
In the past, the OCA Department of Youth and Young Adult in conjunction with the Department of Christian Education was very successful in reaching hundreds of OCA youth and young adults at the All American Councils. At the height of this ministry run by Fr. Michael Anderson and with the blessing of the OCA bishops, there were nearly 400 youth participating. We are bringing back the program in an attempt to reach out to our youth and help them to grow in the church and meet other Orthodox Christians from across the OCA. We hope that it is successful.
Please see the accompanying attachment.
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
Service of Unction - 03/29/15
The Service of Unction was held at Three Saints Orthodox Church in Ansonia, CT
Blessing of Long Island Sound - 01/11/15
St. Nectarous Vespers - 11/09/14
Donations can be sent anytime to:
PO Box 1182
Torrington, CT 06790-1182
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ONE Stewards - 2015 Summer Appeal
The 2015 ONE Stewards donations as of mid-May are lagging behind our record of donations in 2014. Our ONE Stewards donations support our diocesan Youth, our diocesan Seminarians, our diocesan Missions, and our diocesan Charity donations. The annual Diocesan Youth Rally is scheduled again for August. The total cost just for the rally is over $20,000. Therefore ONE Stewards donations are critical in supporting all the diocesan activities mentioned. Show your support by "Giving Above and Beyond" with a 2015 summer donation to ONE Stewards so that we can set a new donation record again this year. A ONE Stewards envelope will be included in the July issue of the ONE Newsletter or send your donation to:
PO Box 1182
Torrington, CT 06790
New Issue - May 2015
The May 2015 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.