Sonia Daly Belcher was an amazing woman – a daughter to Alberto and Mona; the youngest sister to four siblings (Judy, Albert, Jack and Tony); a wife to Father Nicholas Belcher; and a mother to her precious son, Andrew. Raised with a strong sense of faith and family, Sonia grew up immersed in parish life at Saint George Orthodox Church of Boston – though it might be more accurate to say that her parish family was the entire Orthodox world! She was “pan-Orthodox” at heart from a very young age. Deeply impacted by her own high school experience at Montrose where she learned, “...my decisions and actions count and...whatever I decide or do should glorify God,” Sonia was driven to create a similar experience for young Orthodox Christians; she spear-headed Theophany School, a pan-Orthodox early education program, which opened its doors before she was 21 years of age. She also was Director of Admissions for Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology, where together she and her husband, Father Nicholas, served and mentored the seminary community, inviting them into their home to share warm meals, hospitality, and wisdom until her passing in 2008.
Sonia’s dedication to the Church, her unwavering faith in God, and her love for others were obvious in all that she did and accomplished. Those who knew her were keenly aware of her determined “don’t-take-no-for-an-answer” attitude and infectious zeal that kept her reaching for the stars; if ever you wavered, Sonia’s confident and Christ-centered voice would quickly remind you that, “All things are possible through Christ Who strengthens us.” She lived her life by those words, along with these, “God will provide.” She believed them to her core and inspired others to believe also. Sonia was a model of faithfulness and perseverance, a joyful and authentic young woman who lived life to the fullest, serving Christ by serving others. Those who knew her will never forget her laugh, her smile, and the spark in her eyes.