Diocese of New England
Orthodox Church in America
Ordinations at HTOC
Boston, Massachusetts, July 29;

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Today at Holy Trinity Cathedral His Eminence Archbishop Nikon ordained Deacon Jeffrey Frate to the holy priesthood and Michael Arida to the subdiaconate.

Father Jeffrey is a graduate of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, Brookline, Massachusetts and will be attached to the Cathedral. While studying Orthodox theology as an Episcopalian at Holy Cross, Father Jeffrey together with his wife Marissa and their three children Mary, Rebecca and Peter were received into the Orthodox Church at the Cathedral. The Frate family is involved in the Cathedral's St. Herman Church School and in the monthly community  dinners hosted by the parish. Father Jeffrey's new ministry to the Cathedral will help to sustain and hopefully expand its liturgical life. He will also be serving when needed within and beyond the Boston deanery.

At the end of his last liturgy at the Cathedral, Archbishop Job blessed Michael Arida to wear the sub-diaconal orarion. This last episcopal act of Archbishop Job was in recognition of Michael's love and knowledge of the divine services. Over the years Michael has assisted the locum tenentes of New England along with His Eminence Archbishop Nikon and clergy in and outside of the Boston deanery. Given Michael's love for the services and detailed knowledge of their order and "choreography", Archbishop Nikon decided to formally ordain Michael sub-deacon. Michael attends the Cathedral with his wife Alina and their children Anna and Robert.  
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On Feb. 2, 2021, Ancient Faith Publishing (AFP) released a book to honor the memory of Archpriest Steven John Belonick (+2019), former pastor of Holy Ghost Russian Orthodox Church, Bridgeport, CT, and also to benefit seminarians from the Diocese of New England. The book is titled Pilgrimage to Pascha: A Daily Devotional for Great Lent, and it is available for purchase online 
 
 
Pilgrimage to Pascha is a republication of a book that Fr. Steven originally co-authored and edited. It was first printed as a booklet for spiritual nourishment in Great Lent and later was published as A Journey through Great Lent, but it has been out of print for many years. M. Deborah Belonick has copy edited and updated the original text, including an epilogue that recounts a conversation with Fr. Steven during his last days in hospice. 
 
All royalties from the republication will be directed to and placed in the seminarian fund of the Diocese of New England, which has been renamed the “Father Steven Belonick Scholarship Fund.” Proceeds from the book will benefit any student at a seminary of the Orthodox Church in America who is on the ordination track with the intention of becoming a parish priest. Memory Eternal to Fr. Steven, and let us ask our Lord Jesus Christ to bless our seminarians and thereby increase the number of “laborers for His harvest” (Luke 10:2) who will serve as parish priests. Again, you may order the newly released book online, or you may call the Ancient Faith Publishing number to ask for your copy: 1–800–967–7377.

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