More than 70 friends and supporters of the Diocesan Stewardship Program attended the fundraising reception at the Primate’s residence in Burbank on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Among the guests were Rev. Fr. Nerses Hayrapetyan and Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan, both graduates of the Stewardship Program. Diocesan Priesthood-Candidates Dn. Sarkis Alanjian and Dn. Mkrtich Ksachikyan were also in attendance.
A number of important topics pertaining to the Armenian-American youth were discussed on Thursday, August 21 at the Diocesan Headquarters. The Primate met with Archpriest Fr. Sarkis Petoyan, Religious Instructor of St. Gregory’s Hovsepian School, Mr. Howard Emirhanian, Chairman of the Parish Council of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church in Pasadena, Mr. Hartyoon Hilalian, former Chair of the Parish Council and Mr. Shahe Mankerian, Principal of the School to discuss ways to form a graduate transfer program between Hovsepian School and Pasadena’s AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School.
At the invitation of His Excellency Grigor Hovhannissian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Mexico, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian will travel to Mexico on August 25th where he will meet with Ambassador Hovhannissian, religious leaders and members of the Armenian community.
A letter, drafted by Rabbi Harold Schulweis, Founder of Jewish World Watch, and signed by a large group of religious leaders throughout the United States including His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America has been addressed to President Barack Obama.
On Wednesday, August 20, the Primate paid a pastoral visit to St. James Armenian Church in Sacramento. Archbishop Derderian met with Parish Priest and the Parish Council to discuss the future of the Northern California parish.
We are happy to inform the Diocesan faithful that a Mission Parish has been established in the City of Bakersfield. At the Primate’s directive, Camp Committee Chair Mark Pryor named Diocesan liaison to oversee the development of the parish as it structures itself. Once a core group is formed, further measures will be taken to elect Parish Council and other auxiliary committees.
August 22 – Burbank Unified School District Superintendent’s Visit to the Western Diocese Evening: 2nd Annual “Summer Night at the Turpanjian Plaza” organized by the Cathedral’s Ladies Guild August 23 – Saturday and Sunday School Workshops at Diocesan Headquarters
With the blessings of the Primate, His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, nine young adults representing the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church, North America began their journey to Armenia with Christian Youth Mission to Armenia on June 29, 2014.
The Assumption of the Holy Mother of God was celebrated throughout the Armenian Apostolic Church on August 17, 2014. With hundreds in attendance, the day’s celebrant at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral was His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church.