The Southeast Region stretches from the shoreline of the Long Island Sound to forests and farmland, including 15 parishes and 34 towns of different sizes and racial diversity. Several colleges sit in this Region, including the Coast Guard Academy and Connecticut College. It is also home to two Native American Reservations, the Mashantucket Pequot Nation and the Mohegan Tribe.
The tribal presence is a constant reminder of all those that lived on this land before us, and of the deep roots of colonizing history in this Region. This is the birthplace of Samuel Seabury, the first Anglican Bishop in the United States, a reminder of those missionaries who first came. Mystic Seaport, and the towns of East Haddam, Essex, as well as the cities of New London and Norwich are each examples of the profound historical connection to boatbuilding and seamanship as those who came from other lands expanded their reach and ways.
This tradition of seamanship continues today in the many residents and tourists who come here to navigate our waters. It also continues in the military industry associated with Electric Boat, and the US Navy Base in Groton. Others who come are drawn to State Parks with beaches, or trails through the many land trust properties around the region.
They are also drawn to local wineries and the arts: the Goodspeed Opera House, the Ivoryton Playhouse, the Garde Arts Center, the Kate, the Florence Griswold Museum and Lyman Allen Museum are local treasures.
When we think of what makes the Southeast Region in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut unique and special, we think of parishioners responding to community needs. They seek to make meaningful connections in their neighborhoods. Some host community gardens, thrift shops, meals and food pantries. Some have participated in resettling refugee families and the development and support of a Homeless Hospitality Center.
There are large retirement communities in our Region. This is reflected in the populations of our parishes. We are also connected to the presence of children and youth in our midst, whether through our Christian formation programs or providing backpacks as local youngsters start school.
Southeast Region Leadership Team
- Becky Honan, ConvenerSt. John’s, Essex
- Lori SarkettSt. James’, New London
- David KirpasGrace, Old Saybrook
- Susan AyersCalvary, Stonington
- The Rev. Diana RogersRetired; Chaplain to Retired Clergy in the SE Region
- The Rev. Deacon Ron Steed