Bishop JohnThe Diocese of Worcester and New England is part of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, and is led by His Grace Bishop John.

Our Diocese was created in 2004 following the historic decision of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Antioch to grant autonomous status to the Antiochian Orthodox Church in North America and recognize it as a Self-Ruled local Church. The former regional system of the Archdiocese was then converted to a Diocesan structure and the New England Region became the Diocese of Worcester and New England. The Diocesan Cathedral is St. George in Worcester. 

On December 11th, 2011, Archamandrite John Abdalah was consecrated bishop of the Diocese of Worcester. Our Diocese consists of eleven parishes served by thirteen priests and seven deacons.


Latest News

Parish Council Workshop: Save the Date - Sept 27, 2014!

The Diocese of Worcester and New England of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America will be hosting its 2014 Parish Council Workshop on Saturday, September 27, 2014 9am - 1pm at St. John of Damascus Church in Dedham, MA. The theme will be Missions & Outreach: Developing strategies to enhance the witness and growth of our parishes. ... Read More »

Choral Concert: Orthodox Christmas Around the World

On Sunday, December 15, 2013 at 4pm, join us for a multi-lingual concert featuring traditional Orthodox hymns and carols sung or chanted in English, Arabic, Bulgarian, Greek, Romanian & Slavonic. ... Read More »

Marriage Seminar at St. Mary Church of Cambridge

St. Mary will host the first evening of a two-day marriage seminar to be held Friday and Saturday, September 13-14. Evening Divine Liturgy for the Elevation of the Cross at St. Mary on Friday at 6:30 pm will be followed by the first session, which will last approximately an hour and a half. A light dinner will be provided. ... Read More »

Holy Week Schedule for Bishop JOHN

May we all find unending joy in the splendor of the empty tomb! His Grace Bishop +JOHN will be visiting the following parishes of our Diocese for services throughout Holy Week. ... Read More »

Regarding the Boston Marathon Tragedy

The explosion at the Boston Marathon on Monday rocked the lives of many in our Diocese, especially the young people. Please be assured of our fervent and continued prayers for all the victims of this terrible tragedy and for those who stepped up to help in any way. ... Read More »