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, Locum Tenens of New England and the Albanian Archdiocese.

Axios! Axios! Axios!

In an atmosphere of unparalleled joy and spiritual fervor, we celebrated the consecration of Archimandrite Benedict as the Bishop of Hartford and the New England Diocese, held in the magnificent Boston Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. This momentous event, deeply rooted in ancient liturgical traditions, brought together clergy and laity in a resounding affirmation of our unity in faith. Bishop Benedict, ordained amidst the reverent gaze of sacred icons and the heartfelt prayers of the faithful, was adorned in the episcopal regalia, symbolizing his new role as a shepherd of God’s flock. The cathedral resounded with the thunderous chants of “Axios! Axios! Axios!” - a Greek acclamation declaring “He is worthy!” - echoing our collective acknowledgment of his divine calling. This historic day marks not just a new chapter in the life of Bishop Benedict but a reaffirmation of our commitment to the apostolic faith, guided by the teachings of the Bible and the wisdom of our Orthodox tradition. As we embark on this journey under Bishop Benedict’s guidance, we pray fervently for his ministry to be a beacon of Christ’s love, a faithful steward of the Church, and a nurturing father to the clergy and faithful of our diocese.

Consecration Invitation

Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Please see linked the invitation to the consecration services and banquet of Bishop Elect Hieromonk Benedict. Please distribute these freely to your faithful. For those who are unable to attend personally we will be live-streaming the services, which can be accessed by clicking on the links in the invitation.

Also to purchase tickets for the banquet, click on that link in the invitation to register for the banquet and to pay. The hotel requests that these be made by Nov. 19.

In Christ,
Archpriest John Kreta
Chancellor, Diocese of New England

Holy Synod elects Hieromonk Benedict as Bishop of Hartford and the Diocese of New England

On Tuesday, November 7, 2023, the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Orthodox Church in America, meeting under the presidency of His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Chicago, IL, at its Regular Fall 2023 Session, canonically elected the Reverend Hieromonk Benedict (Churchill) as the Bishop of Hartford and the Diocese of New England. Father Benedict had been nominated by the Diocese of New England by their special nominating assembly on October 28, 2023.

Official letter to the Diocese

Priestmonk Benedict

Glory to Jesus Christ! What a monumental and awe-inspiring occasion we were graced with last evening! Following the soul-stirring Vigil service at the sacred grounds of St. Tikhon's Monastery, our dearly esteemed nominee for the Bishop of New England, Fr. Benedict Churchill, was tonsured a Rassaphore monk! How splendid and humbling it is to witness a servant of God stepping into a new phase of deeper commitment and spiritual awakening. May our Good Lord, the giver of "every good gift and every perfect gift" (James 1:17), shower Priestmonk Benedict with abundant blessings, grant him many years, and endow his ministry with heavenly wisdom. Our hearts are aglow with anticipatory joy for the spiritual fruit this dedicated servant will bear! Many Years!

Diocese of New England
c/o V. Rev. John Kreta, 75 Hospital Hill Rd
Sharon, CT 06069-2010
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