As our entire nation prepares to commemorate the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide, the Ambassadors of Faith of the Western Diocese has planned a series of Thanksgiving ceremonies to recognize and honor countries, humanitarian missions, Armenian and non-Armenian organizations, which have helped Genocide survivors, especially the orphans.
On January 9, 2015, Rev. Fr. Zaven Markosyan, Pastor of St. Mary Armenian Church of Yettem accompanied the ACYO members of the Parish David Safrazian, Elizabeth Torosian, Gregory Krikorian, Dustin Vartanian, Karnig Peters and Pete Safrazian as the group held an informative presentation about the Armenian Genocide to Naval Science – Drill and Leadership students. Father Zaven expressed his gratitude to the course instructor Ken Patterson for his welcoming spirit and hospitality.
This year’s CYMA Trip will be headed by Fr. Avedis Abovian. We are excited that our Primate H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian will join the pilgrims in Armenia. The month-long pilgrimage will take place from June 25-July 27, 2015. Don’t miss your opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich Armenian culture, to grow spiritually and to reconnect with your roots.
Deacon Ksachikyan’s Calling Service will take place on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 7 p.m. at St. Peter Armenian Church in Van Nuys (17231 Sherman Way, Van Nuys, CA 91406). A Reception at the Karagozian Hall will be held following the Calling Service. Admission is free.
A Benefit Concert, organized by the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund and presented by Global Arts International will be held on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 7 p.m. at the Pasadena City College Sexson Auditorium. For tickets and information, contact 818-265-0506 or 818-975-3333. Proceeds from the concert will benefit the struggling Armenian community in Syria. The Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Yardemian and Archpriest Fr. Hovsep Hagopian will represent the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian at the concert.
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.
The 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide is being commemorated throughout the world in a wide variety of ways. The Western Diocese, as the spiritual headquarters of one of the largest populations of Armenians outside of Armenia, has scheduled a number of activities and events that commemorate and set the direction for the centennial remembrance of the Genocide.
The Board members of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee met with the members of the Armenian community on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at the Hampar Family Room of the Western Diocese. Commemorative events in the months of April and May were discussed with an emphasis placed on the “March For Justice” on April 24th.
On January 21, 2015 the Primate welcomed members of the Union of the Armenians of Aintab to the Diocesan Headquarters. In a meeting with the Primate, the members briefed His Eminence about their upcoming events. Possible avenues of collaboration were also discussed.
It has been a major priority for the Diocesan Primate to pay regular visits to the Armenian Schools in the area. On January 20, the Primate visited the AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian School in Pasadena. On January 21, His Eminence visited Alfred and Marguerite Hovsepian School in Pasadena. In each of his visits, His Eminence met with the principal, teachers and students. Addressing the students, the Primate encouraged the youth to remain loyal to the teachings of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to lead prayerful lives, to preserve the Armenian identity and to cherish the gifts of the blessed land of the United States of America.
The PR Committee of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee launched its promotional campaign on Martin Luther King Day, January 19, 2015. In it, the PR Committee stresses the importance of participation in the march of protest on April 24, 2015. A series of flyers have been designed to spread the word about the April 24th march.
The Fletcher Jones Auditorium of Woodbury University was the venue for a unique panel discussion on January 17, 2015. Titled “The Resilient Woman: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future,” the event was organized by The Armenian Women’s Coalition of Los Angeles and was dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide. AWC-LA members, friends and supporters attended the event.
A Requiem Service organized by the Organization of Istanbul Armenians was held on Sunday, January 18th to commemorate the 8th anniversary of the assassination of Hrant Dink, the editor-in-chief of Agos, the Turkish-Armenian bilingual newspaper.