On Monday, November 23, 2015, the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian welcomed His Excellency Ara Harutyunyan, Prime Minister of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic and his delegation. Upon his arrival, the Prime Minister was greeted by the Primate, Joseph Kanimian, Esq., Chairman of the Diocesan Council, Diocesan benefactors and community leaders. Also present was His Excellency Sergey Sarkisov, Consul General of the Republic of Armenia in Los Angeles.
Traditional Armenian costumes were on display at the Nazareth and Sima Kalaydjian Hall of the Western Diocese on Friday, November 20. Designed by Lucine Zeitountsian, the exhibition featured garments from the 18th, 19th and early 20th centuries.
The Artsakh delegation headed by Ara Harutyunyan held meetings with the Armenian community of Los Angeles prior to the 2015 Armenia Fund Telethon. On November 24, the Consulate General of Armenia in Los Angeles hosted the Prime Minister of Artsakh. The Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian attended the event accompanied by His Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian, the Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Dz. V. Yardemian, Archpriest Fr. Mampre Kesabyan and the Rev. Fr. Avedis Abovian.
The Armenian Bar Association’s Annual Judges’ Night Gala was held on November 24, 2015 at the Vertigo Event venue. The Primate attended the prestigious gala accompanied by the Rev. Fr. Avedis Abovian. This year’s honorees were Judge Zaven Sinanian and Judge Gregory Keosian.
St. Paul Armenian Church of Fresno marked its diamond (75th) anniversary on Sunday, November 22nd. The festive celebration commenced with the episcopal celebration of the Divine Liturgy by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America. His Eminence was assisted at the Holy Altar by the Rev. Fr. Yessai Bedros and the deacons of the Fresno Parish.
The Executive Committee of the Association of Armenian Church Choirs of the Western Diocese (AACCWD) and the Camp Committee held meetings at the Western Diocese on Saturday, November 21, 2015.
The Armenian Church of Las Vegas held its annual gala banquet on Saturday, November 21, 2015. The Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Dz. V. Yardemian represented the Diocesan Primate at the banquet and read Archbishop Derderian’s message of blessing and commendation addressed to Archpriest Fr. Nareg Matarian.
November 19th marked yet another exciting chapter in the life of the Western Diocese as donors, supporters and friends gathered at the Impressions Banquet Hall in Glendale for a festive dinner benefitting Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The event was attended by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, who was accompanied by His Grace Bishop Armash Nalbandian, the Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan, Mr. Diran Avagyan and Mr. Vahe Sargsyan.
Under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese, the Association of Armenian Church Choirs of the Western Diocese, in collaboration with the Choir of St. Peter Armenian Church of Van Nuys honored Mrs. Marguerite Zavian on Friday, November 13, 2015 for 65 years of dedicated service to the Armenian Church and community.
The Primate met with the new president of Woodbury University David M. Steele-Figueredo, Ph.D. on November 18, 2015 marking the Annual Thanksgiving gathering at the university. His Eminence was accompanied by the Executive Director of the Western Diocese Dn. Harout Markarian, the Pastor of St. Leon Armenian Cathedral the Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan, Dn. and the Youth Director of the Western Diocese Dn. Artak Khachikyan.
The students of the AGBU Manoogian-Demirdjian School in Canoga Park received the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian on November 17, 2015 as the Primate paid his pastoral visit to the school.
The AGBU Manoogian Demirdjian School honored Mrs. Arek Momjian on November 17, 2015 at the school's Agajanian auditorium with a presentation of a memorable Armenian cultural program entitled "The Everlasting Journey." The Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian attended the event accompanied by the Very Rev. Fr. Ruben Zargaryan, Archpriest Fr. Shnork Demirjian and the Rev. Fr. Serovbe Alanjian.
The 11th Annual Assembly of the Association of Armenian Church Choirs of the Western Diocese (AACCWD) convened on Saturday, November 14, 2015 in the Paul Brothers Galleria of the Western Diocese in Burbank, presided by Archpriest Fr. Arshag Khatchadourian, representing the Primate.