Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, welcomed Bishop Datev Hagopian, the Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Romania, to the Diocesan Center on Friday, June 1, 2012.
During his visit to the Eastern Diocese, Bishop Hagopian will celebrate the Divine Liturgy at New York’s St. Vartan Cathedral on Sunday, June 3. A reception will follow during which Bishop Hagopian will speak about the activities of Armenian communities in Romania and preparations for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Hagigadar Monastery in Suceava.
Established in 1512, the Hagigadar Monastery is known for its reputed miraculous power of granting wishes to believers. It remains a popular pilgrimage destination to this day.
A large celebration is planned for August to mark the monastery’s 500th anniversary. His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, will travel to Romania on this occasion. Pilgrims from Europe and other parts of the Diaspora are expected to take part in the celebration.
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