Diocese Update - January 2020

Each month, the Diocese Missions Council will send out a monthly email to update the faithful of our Diocese with upcoming events and other relevant information for our Diocese with the goal of increasing communication within our Diocese. Events & Announcements will also be posted on the Diocese Website, Facebook Page, and Google Calendar. Please share this email with your parish and encourage all to sign up for this list.


Save the Date! Our first Diocese Summer Camp will be held August 9-15, 2020!

We are very excited to announce that our Diocese will sponsor a one-week summer camp program this summer, August 9-15, 2020 for grades 4-12! The program will be based off of the Antiochian Village program, and held at the St. Methodios Faith & Heritage Center in Contoocook, NH. Fr. Benjamin Kjendal will be the Camp Director and Khalil Samara will be the Executive Director along with many AV Staff alumni ministering to our young people. More details including registration and staff applications will be posted very soon.


Diocese Theophany Liturgy

The clergy and faithful of our Diocese gathered at St. George Church in West Roxbury on January 6 to celebrate Divine Liturgy & the Great Blessing of Water for the Feast of Theophany. That evening, David Galambos of St. George Church was made a Subdeacon. David is the grandson of +Deacon Eli Hamaty of blessed memory who served St. George for many years. After Liturgy, everyone enjoyed a delicious meal sponsored by Dr. Fadi Metri and Fairouz Restaurant. See pictures from Liturgy here.


Spiritual Witness Program - Spring 2020 Semester

For questions or to register, please email at IP.AlongTheJourney@gmail.com or call 617-274-8336


Diocese Teen SOYO Meeting and Ice Skating - Saturday, February 1, 2020 @ 12 noon

Join Teens from the Diocese for their Winter Meeting and Ice Skating on Saturday Febuary 1,  2020 at St. George Church in West Roxbury. Registration Link and event info can be found here: https://forms.gle/95bqa78f2psm9NS49

Download Promo Flyer: PDF  or   JPG


Diocese Council Meeting - Tuesday, February 4, 2020 @ 6:30 pm

The Diocese Council is made up of lay leaders from throughout the Diocese who assist His Grace Bishop John with programming and administration of the Diocese. The Council meets every other month, and will meet next on Tuesday, February 4 at the Diocese Chancery beginning with potluck dinner at 6:30 pm followed by the meeting from 7-9 pm. All are invited to attend. If you would like more information, please contact Bishop John or Richard Robbat. 


Diocese Compline Services - Mondays during Great Lent

All are invited to join His Grace Bishop JOHN, Diocese clergy, and all the faithful to pray the Great Compline service each Monday during Great Lent. Each week will be at a different parish. The schedule is:

  • March 2 - St. George Church, Norwood, 7:00 pm
  • March 9 - St. Mary Church, Pawtucket, 7:00 pm
  • March 16 - St. John of Damascus Church, Dedham, 7:00 pm
  • March 23 - St. Michael Church, Cotuit, 7:00 pm
  • March 30 - St. George Church, West Roxbury, 6:30 pm
  • April 6 - St. George Cathedral, Worcester, 6:30 pm

Triumph of Orthodoxy Vespers - Saturday, March 7, 2020, 6 pm @ St. George Cathedral, Worcester

Triumph of Orthodoxy VespersThe Council of Eastern Orthodox Churches of Central Massachusetts and His Grace Bishop JOHN invite you to Great Vespers on Saturday, March 7 at 6 pm at St. George Cathedral in Worcester for a pan-Orthodox Great Vespers for the Triumph of Orthodoxy. All clergy of the Assembly of Bishops are invited to serve. His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston will preach. Promotional Flyers available here:


Diocese Lenten Retreat & Youth Day - Saturday, March 28, 2020 @ St. John, Dedham

Lenten Retreat Registration FormAll are invited to attend the Annual Diocese Lenten Retreat & Youth Day on Saturday, March 28, 2020 at St. John of Damascus Church in Dedham.The day will begin with Divine Liturgy at 9:00 am, followed by a light breakfast. The keynote speaker will be Gregory Abdalah, D. Min, who is the Pastoral Assistant at St. George Church in Phoenix, AZ. Register online at https://downe2020.eventbrite.com or download the PDF registration form here.

Diocese PLC - June 19-21, 2020 @ The Cape Codder Resort & Spa in Hyannis

2020 Diocese Parish Life Conference

Join us on the Cape for a memorable weekend as we gather as a Diocese Family. Activities being planned for the weekend include:

  • Outdoor Lobster Clambake
  • Bible Bowl
  • Teen Beach Events
  • Oratorical Festival
  • Antiochian Women’s Brunch
  • Young Adult Activities
  • Order of St. Ignatius Dinner
  • Hafli
  • Hierarchical Divine Liturgy with Bishop JOHN
Please visit https://www.stmaryorthodoxchurch.org/plc for more details including event schedules, registration info and hotel reservations. Stay tuned for more information as it is made available!

Department of Sacred Music Update

Katie Boardman is available to all parishes for choir workshops. Some parishes have already held workshops with Katie, and have been very pleased with the training received. Please contact Charlie Marge, Diocese Coordinator,for more details.

Upcoming Diocese & Parish Events - Save the Dates!

Diocese Calendar

Parish News

To find out more about what is happening locally at each Parish, please click on the links below to each parish's website.

Emmanuel Church, Warren
St. John of Damascus Church, Dedham
St. George Cathedral, Worcester
St. George Church, Lawrence
St. George Church, Lowell
St. George Church, Norwood
St. George Church, West Roxbury
St. Mary Church, Cambridge
St. Mary Church, Pawtucket
St. Michael Church, Cotuit
St. Stephen Church, Springfield

The Diocese Monthly Email Update is sent out on the 12th of each month. To a submit an announcement for next month's email, please email it to Khalil Samara at info@worcesterdiocese.net
Thank you!