Our parish is named after
St. Basil the Great (330-379). A natural leader and organizer; he spoke
and wrote against heresies (namely, Arianism) founded hospitals,
orphanages, welfare agencies; revised and updated the Divine Liturgy; and
(community-oriented) monasteries. Saint Basil is one of the famous
Cappadocian Fathers (together with St. Gregory of Nyssa; his younger
brother and St. Gregory of Nazianzus the Theologian; his close friend).
The Cappadocian Fathers, along with St. Athanasius the Great, laid the
pattern for formulating the doctrines related to the mystery of the Holy
Trinity. St. Basil the Great, along with St. Gregory of Nazianzus (the
Theologian) and St. John Chrysostom are called the Three Hieararchs.
As an Orthodox Christian community, our parish strives to live according to
the Eastern Orthodox faith and tradition, sanctifying the faithful through
the divine liturgy and the holy sacraments and edifying the religious and
ethical life of the faithful in accordance with the holy scriptures, the
decrees and canons of the holy apostles and the seven ecumenical councils
of the Ancient Undivided Christian Church, as interpreted by the
Patriarchal Throne of Constantinople, whose head is Christ.
Fr. Peter Day, February 2010
community is under the jurisdiction of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of
America. It falls within the Greek Orthodox Diocese of Boston,
whose Presiding Hierarch is Metropolitan Methodios. Currently, Sunday services at St. Vasilios will be graciously served by a
Priest sent by the Methodios.
The majority of our parishioners live within a 45-mile
radius of Newport. For more information about membership, please see
Parish Council Members with Fr. Peter, 2010
Fr Anastasios Majdalani, Served from Nov 2007-Jan 2010
Parish Council Officers & Board Members, 2003
Parish Council Officers & Board Members with Father James Katinas, 2006
Father James Katinas, Served St. Vasilios from 1998-2006