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.
Ground Breaking Ceremony
A Ground Blessing ceremony for the St. Nicholas National Shrine at the World Trade Center is set for Saturday October 18, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. The ceremony will include a service of blessing of the site (aghiasmos) and a doxology (a service of thanksgiving).
The small Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas, which was established in 1916, was completely obliterated on Sept. 11, 2001 when the South Tower fell. The new Saint Nicholas National Shrine will be rebuilt only a short distance away at 130 Liberty Street, overlooking the 9/11 Memorial.
His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios of America will preside at the historic event with the participation of the hierarchs of the Holy Eparchial Synod of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. It will be attended by dignitaries and officials of the City of New York, officials of the States of New York and New Jersey, chaplains and interfaith representatives, family members of victims of 9/11, representatives of Archdiocese institutions and organizations and many faithful Orthodox Christians.
Visit StNicholasGroundZero.org for further details.
Centennial Celebration continues at All Saints Church in Hartford
College Student Sunday
The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops has designated October 19 as Orthodox College Student Sunday in support of Orthodox Christian Fellowship in its work with our college students as they deepen their own faith in Jesus Christ while sharing the Orthodox Tradition with love and humility to their peers on campus.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.