The dedication of the sculpture of the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, the fourth in a series of church sculptures was held on Wednesday, June 17. The Primate presided over the ceremony with the participation of the members of the Hartoonian family, Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan, Deacon Artak Khachikyan and sculptor Gaspar Gharibian.
Newly elected body of the Ladies Society Central Council convened first meeting under the auspices of Archbishop Primate Hovnan Derderian on June 18, 2015.
In 2007, His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian was appointed by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians to lead the formation an international ACYO. Since then, tremendous strides have been made to bring the Armenian youth closer to God by creating an unbreakable bond with Holy Etchmiadzin, the spiritual center of the Armenian people.
A requiem service was held at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin on June 24 in memory of national benefactor Mr. Kirk Kerkorian. Presided by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, the service was attended by Mr. Serzh Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia, Mr. Galust Sahakyan, President of the National Assembly of Armenia, Mr. Hovik Abrahamyan, Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia, ministers, members of parliament and hundreds of faithful.
For the Armenian people, this year is historic, indeed. 2015 marks the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide and millions of Armenians around the world will pay homage to our 1.5 million martyred ancestors. In the life of the Armenian Apostolic Church, the year also coincides with the sacred ceremonial rite of the Blessing of the Holy Chrism - Myuronorhnek, as it is commonly known. On the auspicious occasion, the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America happily announces a pilgrimage to Armenia (September 17 - October 1) to witness this one-of-a-kind ceremony in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, the spiritual center of the Armenian people. Myuronorhnek, officiated by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, will take place on Sunday, September 27, 2015.
The series of church sculptures are the newest addition to the Diocesan complex. Sculpted from tufa stone, Armenian churches from various centuries vividly come to life. Located at the southeast entrance wall of the Western Diocese Turpanjian Diocesan Building, the sculptures add a scenic touch to the already decorated building which lies adjacent to St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, the spiritual center of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America.
As the number of students enrolled at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral's Little Angels Saturday School reaches 200, one this is definitely certain. The community values its culture and heritage. For centuries, the Armenian Church has been the center of the Armenian identity. In the Diaspora, the youth, in search of its roots, is learning the ancestral Armenian language.
It came at a time of fellowship, during a Bible Study, as believers had gathered to hear the Word of God in the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church. The senseless massacre in Charleston, South Carolina which claimed the lives of 9 innocent people is the ultimate proof of the existence of evil. Moreover, it is also the proof of the absence of God in the lives of those whose hearts and souls are in a state of despair, torment and anguish. In his captivating prayer, St. Francis of Assisi wrote "Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love."
An evening of tribute to Taniel Varujan and Roupen Zargarian, two martyred Armenian writers, intellectuals and pillars of Western Armenian literature was held at the Hampar Family Room of the Western Diocese on Tuesday, June 16. The cultural event, held under the auspices of the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian was part of a series of informative lectures organized by the "Zvartnots Cultural Committee" dedicated to the Centennial of the Armenian Genocide.
On June 17, 2015, members of the Executive Committee of the Armenian Democratic Liberal Party (ADL) of the Western United States visited the Diocese and met with the Primate. Diocesan Council Chairman Joseph Kanimian, Esq. was also present.