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5th Annual Junior Godfathers Day at the Western Diocese

Published: February 27, 2015

Excitement filled the air on Sunday, February 22nd for the Fifth Annual Junior Godfathers Day despite the gloomy weather. Five months after the consecration of St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian officially announced that the last Sunday in February would be dedicated to the Cathedral’s Junior Godfathers.

Armenian Genocide Memorial to be Dedicated at St. Mary Armenian Church in Costa Mesa on March 8th

Published: February 27, 2015

2015 marks the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Armenians all over the world will unite to commemorate this historic, tragic and unforgettable atrocity. Under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian and the leadership Archpriest Fr. Moushegh Tashjian, Pastor, St. Mary Armenian Church in Costa Mesa (148 22nd Street, Costa Mesa) will host a unique commemorative event as well.

Supreme Spiritual Council Meeting in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin

Published: February 27, 2015

A regular meeting of the Supreme Spiritual Council convened in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin from February 24 through 26, under the presidency of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, with the attendance of the general members. The first session was opened with the Lord’s Prayer and remarks by His Holiness. His Holiness noted that this was the first meeting being convened during the cherished year of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, and the agenda included organizational issues related to the anniversary events, and various ecclesiastical and diocesan matters. The Supreme Patriarch expressed his wish to the members for productive sessions, noting confidence that the decisions adopted during the meeting will benefit the scheduled events, support the effective offering of religious services, and help the progress of the spiritual life of the church.

Be Spiritually Transformed – Annual Retreat to be Held from March 17-18

Published: February 27, 2015

We are happy to inform the entire faithful that the Retreat Committee of the Western Diocese is planning yet another exciting spiritual retreat for the year 2015 in the scenic Mater Dolorosa Passionist Retreat Center, where you can indulge in spiritual meditation and study in a tranquil atmosphere (700 N. Sunnyside Ave., Sierra Madre, CA 91024). The retreat is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 17 at 10:00 a.m. and will continue through Wednesday, March 18, 11:00 a.m.

Pope Francis Declares St. Gregory of Narek Doctor of the Church

Published: February 27, 2015

Pope Francis has declared Armenian poet and monk, Saint Gregory of Narek (Grigor Narekatsi), a Doctor of the Universal Church. Meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, the Pope confirmed the proposal put forward by the Plenary Session of the Congregation to confer the title of Doctor of the Universal Church on the 10th century saint.

Catholicos of All Armenians Received Newly Appointed US Ambassador to Armenia

Published: February 27, 2015

On February 24, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; received Richard Mills; the newly appointed Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador of the United States to the Republic of Armenia. His Holiness conveyed his gratitude to the US Ambassador and expressed confidence that the kind relations and cooperation established between the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the US Embassy will continue during his tenure.

Catholicos of All Armenians Sends Condolences to the Pope of the Coptic Orthodox Church

Published: February 20, 2015

On February 16, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; sent a letter of condolence to His Holiness Tawadros II, Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of St. Mark and leader of the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria; on the occasion of the murder of twenty-one Coptic Christians by Libyan terrorists.

Consulate of Lebanon Honors Metropolitan Joseph

Published: February 20, 2015

A private dinner was organized on Friday, February 13th by His Excellency Johnny Ibrahim, Consul General of Lebanon in honor of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph, the Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America. The dinner was held at the Consul General’s residence in Los Angeles. The Rev. Fr. Haroutioun Tachejian, Pastor of St. James Armenian Church of Los Angeles represented the Primate at the event and conveyed Archbishop Derderian’s genuine wishes to His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph and to Consul General Ibrahim.