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« on: October 29, 2007, 12:30:03 AM »

I'm in contact on a different discussion board with a Catholic who is interested in converting to Orthodoxy.  He lives 30 mi. southwest of Boston.  This man has tried to contact some local priests but they've given him a "lukewarm" reception.  He wonders if the local Orthodox churches don't want to poach Catholic converts.  I wonder if it might be an ethnic issue because he asked me if a certain ethnic group is unfriendly to outsiders.

Does anyone know a convert friendly parish anywhere near Boston?  The man says he'd be willing to drive a few hours if necessary.  Thank you.
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« Reply #1 on: October 29, 2007, 12:38:16 AM »

Here's some GOA parishes that I would guide your friend towards:

Taxiarchae Parish in Watertown, MA...I know from experience that parish is very warm and welcoming.

St. Gregory the Theologian in Mansfield, MA: I have also heard that the priest is very warm towards those converting.

Others may be as well, but I just do not yet know of them!
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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2007, 09:31:14 AM »

There is a Holy Resurrection Bulgarian Orthodox parish in Allston (62 Harvard Ave, Allston, MA02134). Here's their Web address: http://calendar.boston.com/allston-ma/venues/show/38645-holy-resurrection-bulgarian-orthodox-church
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« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2007, 08:27:30 AM »

I'm not an expert on the Boston area, but one I can recommend is St Xenia's (ROCOR) in Methuen, MA.

It's a very convert-oriented parish, and there are a number of converts from Roman Catholicism there (including the priest himself).  Well worth checking out, even if it's too far to be an every week thing for him.
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« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2007, 08:51:16 AM »

If interested, I would be more than happy to meet with the person at Holy Cross (seminary) in Brookline. 

I would assume though that you want this person to get involved in parish life.  In which case I think Taxiarchae (above) is an excellent choice.  But if you think that they would enjoy Byzantine chanting and services every day...send them my way. 
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« Reply #5 on: November 03, 2007, 10:13:42 PM »

The general list of parishes can be found from here:
http://www.scoba.us/directory.html
Or here:
http://www.orthodoxyinamerica.org/lr_v10/locator.php

Based on all my experience in Massachusetts, I never witnesses an anti-Catholic bias in Orthodox parishes there. I gladly second all parishes recommended above. Been in all of those and highly enjoyed. Also, please let me mention my own parish - St. Andrew's Ukrainian Orthodox Church in Jamaica Plain, MA: http://www.ukrainianorthodox.org/
We have several converts from Roman Catholicism as well as several more from Eastern Rite Catholicism. And the parish is in southern suburbs.
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