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Charity Run to Benefit Theophany School in Needham, MA

Charity Road Race to Continue Local Woman’s Dream

August 25, 2009 West Roxbury, MA—In the mid-1990s, 18-year old Sonia Belcher (then, Sonia Daly) was intent on creating a school where Orthodox Christian children in the Boston area would benefit from a strong academic and spiritual education founded in the teachings of the Orthodox Christian Church.  In 1997, with the support of the local Orthodox Christian community, Sonia founded what is believed to be the first pan-Orthodox School in the country: the Theophany School in Needham, MA.  That fall, 17 children were enrolled for the 1997-1998 school year.  Today, Theophany School is thriving, with some 35 students enrolled in the School’s Pre-School and Kindergarten classes.  With three full-time teachers and one director on staff, students are provided with the individualized care and attention that is vital to a young child’s learning.  Theophany School continues to grow, thanks to the generous support of the community.

Sadly, in February, 2008 Sonia Belcher passed away suddenly on her 32nd birthday. She was survived by her husband, Deacon Nicholas Belcher and their three-month old son, Andrew.  In addition to her beloved family, Sonia left behind a legacy of tenacity and determination.  Her final wish was for Theophany School to function as a full elementary school.  Shortly after her untimely death, the School launched its “Building on a Dream” campaign, an initiative to continue Sonia’s mission, while keeping her memory alive.  Thanks to the campaign, the School has received overwhelming support over the last year. 

Diocese of Worcester Antiochian Women Featured in DIAKONIA

The Summer 2009 issue of DIAKONIA, the quarterly newsletter of the Antiochian Women of North America, features the Antiochian Women of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America (DOWAMA). Click here to read the Summer 2009 issue!

Paschal Greetings from Metropolitan Philip

“He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities, the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one to His own way; and the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” (Isaiah 53:5-6)

“O Christ Saviour, we were but yesterday buried with Thee, and we shall rise with Thee in Thy Resurrection. We were but yesterday crucified with Thee: glorify us with Thee in Thy kingdom.”
(Verse from the Third Ode of the Paschal Canon)

Beloved Hierarchs, Clergy, Trustees, Parish Council Members, and All Faithful of our God-Protected Archdiocese:

Christ is Risen!