Glory to Jesus Christ!

Welcome to the official website of the Orthodox Church in America's Diocese of New England, under the guidance of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada and His Grace Benedict Bishop of Hartford and the New England Diocese.

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Announcing the Launch of Our New Young Adult Group

With the blessings of His Grace, we are thrilled to announce the launch of a new young adult group within our diocese! This initiative aims to foster community and fellowship among young adults across our diocese through monthly activities. It’s a wonderful opportunity for participants to share their journeys, connect with peers, and explore our beautiful diocese together.

Monthly Activities & Vespers Visits Each event is designed to be casual and focused on fellowship. After each gathering, we'll have the chance to visit different parishes for Vespers, making each meeting not only a time for fun and relaxation but also spiritual enrichment. Moreover, by rotating locations, we hope to accommodate young adults from various areas, ensuring that everyone can join in.

Summer Plans Here’s what we have lined up for this summer:

·       May 18th: Join us for a hike at Pawtuckaway Mt. We meet at the North Mountain Trail in Pawtuckaway State Park, NH, at noon. Following the hike, participants may head to St. Nicholas in Salem, MA, for Vespers at 6 PM.

·       June 15th: Our adventure continues with a hike at Sleeping Giant State Park in Hamden, CT. We start at 200 Mount Carmel Ave, Hamden, CT 06518 at noon, with Vespers to follow at Sts. Peter and Paul.

·       Potential July 13th Event: We're planning a relaxed beach day at Charleston Beach, RI. Spend the day by the sea, and around 5 PM, we may journey together to St. Nicholas in Norwich for Vespers.

Stay Connected To keep updated and connect with fellow group members, join our group chat: Diocese Young Adults Group Chat.

Leadership His Grace has appointed Dimitrios Rentel as the coordinator of this vibrant group, under the guidance of Fr. Moses Locke, the Director of Diocesan Youth & Young Adult Ministry, and Assistant Director Ephraim Mosher.

We invite all our young adults to join these gatherings. Let us pray that this group blossoms into a robust network that not only supports each member but also enriches our diocese. Your participation and prayers are greatly valued as we embark on this exciting journey together!


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Paschal Message 2024

Christ is risen! Indeed He is risen!

To the Clergy and Faithful of the Diocese of New England,
Greetings in the Lord!

Over the past few weeks of the Fast, by engaging us with readings and fasting and works of charity, the Church has prepared us for the Great Feast of the Lord’s Resurrection. And now that we have arrived at Pascha itself, let us joyfully proclaim that Christ is risen.

And in the Liturgy today, let us, with uplifted minds, “enjoy the Master’s hospitality and the Table of Life Immortal in the upper room; and let us hear the exalted teaching of the Word, whom we magnify” [Canon of Holy Thursday, Ode 9, irmos].

As St John Chrysostom says, “Enter all of you into the joy of our Lord! … You that have fasted, and you that have disregarded the Fast, rejoice today! The table is rich-laden; feast royally, all of you! …  Let us all partake of the feast of faith! … Let no one mourn his transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior’s death has set us free! … Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the First-fruits of them that slept. To Him be glory and might unto ages of ages!”

May the joy of this day ever remain with all of us!

With love in Christ,

+Benedict

Bishop of Hartford and New England

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