Diocese: Diocese of New England
Deanery: Boston Deanery
71 Manville Hill Rd
Cumberland, Rhode Island 02864
Cumberland, RI 02864
From the south
Take Rt 95 north to Rt 146 north to Rt 295 north to exit 10. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Rt 122 (Mendon Rd), Continue on Rt 122 for 2.7 miles to Manville Hill Rd. Turn left on Manville Hill Rd and continue down the hill for .3 mile. Turn left onto Fountain St. A sigh for the church is on this corner. Go straight up this hill to the church.
From the north
Take Rt 95 south to Rt 295 south to exit 10. Turn right at the end of the exit ramp onto Rt 122 (Mendon Rd), Continue on Rt 122 for 2.7 miles to Manville Hill Rd. Turn left on Manville Hill Rd and continue down the hill for .3 mile. Turn left onto Fountain St. A sigh for the church is on this corner. Go straight up this hill to the church.
Holy Dormition Orthodox Parish, Cumberland, Rhode Island, was founded on March 25, 1907, by immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian and Russian Empires, as a community of the North American Ecclesiastical Mission. It was organized by the Archpriest Jacob Grigorieff, under the pastoral guidance of the Archpriest Alexander Hotovitsky, who was canonized in 1994, as Missionary to North America and New-Martyr of Russia. The temple in which the parish worships today was consecrated on September 3, 1908, by Most Reverend PLATON (Rozhdestvensky), Archbishop of North America and the Aleutian Islands, later Metropolitan of the Russian Orthodox Church of North America. Holy Dormition Parish is committed to the evangelical mission of the Orthodox Church in America, according to the vision of the Holy Elder and Wonderworker Herman of Alaska, the Holy Apostle to America Innocent, and the Holy Confessor Tikhon, Patriarch of All-Russia. Holy Dormition Parish abides under the omophorion of the Most Blessed HERMAN, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All-America and Canada.
Holy Dormition Parish is blessed with a small, but actively participating and sincerely friendly body of faithful believers. Its total active membership of nearly 150 persons spans equal numbers of all age groups, and embraces many cultural and ethnic backgrounds. The parish conducts a regular and traditional cycle of Orthodox liturgical worship throughout the course of the year. Church School classes for children meet twice each month from September through May. Choir rehearsals are conducted as announced, during the Sunday social hour. General parish religious education sessions are conducted seasonally, following the Divine Liturgy. The parish council meets regularly ten times a year, under the guidance of the parish rector to maintain and promote the wholesomeness, stability and well-being of the parish. Each Sunday Divine Liturgy is followed by a time of pleasant fellowship and hospitality, as an expression of Eucharistic unity. Once each month the parish serves a buffet brunch, which the benefits the parish materially and morally. These social gatherings help bring people together and foster good will among them, as members of the Body of Christ.
Holy Dormition Parish participates regularly in several community charitable ministries: monthly lunches for inner-city homeless people, grocery collections for a local food pantry, and personal care items collections for a local hospice. All these initiatives are supported by the free-will offerings and volunteer assistance of the parishioners. The parish publishes a quarterly newsletter, which contains a complete schedule of divine services, didactic articles, and news announcements, and regular periodic bulletins. An historical-catechetical journal entitled A Legacy of Faith, was published to mark the parish’s 90th anniversary in 1997, and a biographical brochure about its rector on the occasion of his 25th anniversary of pastoral ministry, in 2001. Holy Dormition Parish is a member of the Rhode Island Fellow.