Diocese of New England
Orthodox Church in America
The Most Reverend NIKON

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.

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Memory Eternal

Priest Walter Smith, Rector of the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church here, unexpectedly fell asleep in the Lord on Saturday, May 14, 2016.

A native of Montana, he was an art history professor and gallery curator/director in Massachusetts, Wisconsin and Mississippi prior to his conversion to Orthodox Christianity in 1996. In 2001, he began full-time studies at Saint Tikhon’s Seminary, South Canaan, PA, from which he received the Master of Divinity degree in 2004. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2003. Prior to his assignment to the Nativity of the Holy Virgin Church he had served Holy Trinity Church, McAdoo, PA; Holy Trinity Church, Moose Jaw, SK, Canada; and Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Missoula, MT.

Father Walter is survived by his beloved wife, Presbytera Nancy, who received her Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Chicago in 2000 and taught at Marywood University, Scranton, PA from 2001 to 2006. A trained iconographer, she painted icons for Holy Trinity Church, Moose Jaw, SK. He is further survived by their daughter, Flora, a graduate student at the New School, New York, NY.

Visitation will begin at the Nativity of the Virgin Mary Church, 3125 North Main Street, Waterbury, CT at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 20. The Funeral for a Priest will be celebrated at 6:00 p.m. On Saturday, May 21, the Divine Liturgy and a Panikhida will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., followed by interment in the parish cemetery.

May Father Walter’s memory be eternal!

DNE Announcements

2016 Small Parish Forum

For clergy and lay leaders from small Orthodox churches, the Small Parish Forum is an intimate, regional conference designed to share helpful, hopeful ideas and tools for stabilizing and strengthening parish life.

The Small Parish Forum is co-sponsored by the OCA’s Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest.

The Flyer is available here.

Local Orthodox Christians Converge to Celebrate Easter

Video Highlights from the Diocesan Youth Rally

Video for the All-American Council

Diocesan News

Youth Rally Appeal - 05/06/16

Dear Friends of the New England Diocesan Youth Rally:


Christ is risen!


Unfortunately, despite ongoing recruitment efforts, at the present time we are still in tremendous need of adult volunteers willing to serve as Youth Rally staff. 


Youth Rally 2016 is scheduled to take place from Monday, August 8, through to midday on Saturday, August 13. Staff are scheduled to arrive on site on Sunday evening, August 7. 


Specifically, we are in need of active, healthy and committed adult men and women who are able to serve during the week of Youth Rally as cabin staff. Right now, besides the staff members already recruited, we require at least two (2) more laywomen to serve as cabin counselors and two (2) more laymen to serve as cabin counselors.


We will NOT run Youth Rally unless we have adequate and appropriate staffing.  I have absolutely no qualms or reservations about cancelling Youth Rally, if I feel that we cannot run it safely and appropriately. Good, sound, and reliable Orthodox Christian adult staff members make the program possible. 


Staff members must be adults of legal adult age who are Orthodox Christians in “good standing.” “Good standing” means that they will be able to be endorsed, without reservations, by their Orthodox Christian parish priest/father confessor, as being suitable adult persons to be entrusted with the care, supervision and guidance of young people. 


If you know of any person who is willing, able and appropriate to serve as a Youth Rally volunteer staff member, please ask them to contact me at their earliest convenience.


Again, we will NOT run Youth Rally unless we have adequate and appropriate staffing.


[NOTE: Our outreach efforts have including reaching out to the parishes and institutions of our Diocese of New England, to Saint Tikhon’s and Saint Vladimir’s Seminaries, and to the national Orthodox Christian Fellowship (OCF is the official campus ministry arm of SCOBA). We have also reached out to our Orthodox Christian family members, friends and acquaintances all across the country. In past years, we have been able to build a staff this way. So far, this year, these efforts are not bearing sufficient fruit.] 


In Christ,


Fr. John Hopko

Youth Rally Rector and Director (2004-Present)

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.

51st Diocesan Assembly

The Diocese of New England of the OCA concluded it's 51st Annual Assembly on October 25th. The reports from the Assembly are now available.

Archbishop Nikon's Report to the Annual Assembly

Metropolitan Council Report

Proposed 2015 Diocesan Budget

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.

For the application, please follow the "more information" link below.


Service of Unction - 03/29/15

The Service of Unction was held at Three Saints Orthodox Church in Ansonia, CT

(17 images)

Episcopal Visits - 09/28/15

The pictures present in this gallery are just a few from the visits of His Eminence Nikon to the parishes of Berlin, NH (celebrating their 100th anniversary), Springfield, VT and New Haven, CT (also celebrating their 100th anniversary). 

(35 images)

Blessing of Long Island Sound - 01/11/15

(6 images)

St. Nectarous Vespers - 11/09/14

(145 images)

2016 Small Parish Forum

For clergy and lay leaders from small Orthodox churches, the Small Parish Forum is an intimate, regional conference designed to share helpful, hopeful ideas and tools for stabilizing and strengthening parish life.

The Small Parish Forum is co-sponsored by the OCA’s Archdiocese of Western Pennsylvania and the Diocese of the Midwest.

The Flyer is available here.

Donations can be sent anytime to:

ONE Stewards
PO Box 1182
Torrington, CT 06790-1182

Site Updates

01/02/16Facebook Feeds -

Now you can access the DNE Facebook feeds directly from this website. Simply used the dropdown navigation menu (Pages) and select 'Social Streaming' or click here to go to the page directly.

01/01/16ONE Stewards Subscription -

If you would like to subscribe to receive a 'hardcopy' of the ONE Steward Newsletter, please click here.

08/14/15Database Links Issue -

The links issue on the Diocesan Assembly page has been corrected. However, if you do find a residual issue, please contact the web administrator directly.

08/01/15Diocesan Documentation -

The Diocesan By-Laws and Rules of Procedures have been uploaded in PDF format, and may be found at Official Documents.

10/31/14Diocesan Facebook Page -

If you are a member of Facebook, the Diocese now has a page; search for Diocese of New England:OCA


New Issue - March 2016

The Spring 2016 Issue of ONE is now available.

2016 Diocesan Grant Information Now Available

At the 2011 Diocesan Assembly, a "Parish Grant Initiative" was approved. Parishes in the New England Diocese can apply for financial grants to support outreach and charity programs in their communities. The diocese has budgeted up to $10,000 in grant monies to help support parishes in these efforts. Check the Diocesan website at www.dneoca.org for the grant guidelines and an application. Applications will be reviewed as received. The files are available in MS Word format.

The Grant Background

The Grant Application

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.

An abbreviated PSP for parish use is available 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.

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