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.
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.
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.
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 Christian Education Council (CEC) began their Annual Regional Lenten Workshop Journey at St. James Armenian Church in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 22, 2015. There was an enthusiastic group of children, teachers and parents to welcome the CEC travelers.
“In the midst of the killing, horror, and violence in Syria, our children need biblical teaching to learn to do what is right and to grow up in the ways of the Lord.” A parent from the Armenian Orthodox Church, Damascus
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.
Seminarians of the Turpanjian Seminary of Harich received the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, during his pastoral visit to the seminary on February 23rd.
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.
With the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, the first of three European regional meetings of the Pan-ACYO was held in Bucharest from February 19-20, 2015.
“The First Refuge and the Last Defense: The Armenian Church, Etchmiadzin, and the Armenian Genocide” was the title of Dr. Rouben Adalian’s exhibit which was presented at the Zorayan Museum of the Western Diocese on February 18th and 19th at 8:00 p.m.
Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America was the celebrant and homilist at St. Peter Armenian Church of Van Nuys on Carnival Sunday (Poon Paregentan), February 15, 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.
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.