The Diocese of the Armenian Church of Mexico was transferred to operate under the jurisdiction of the Western Diocese. The historic transfer was made official by the Pontifical Encyclical (number 877) of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians dated November 21, 2014.
The Office of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America is pleased to announce the Fifth Annual Ecumenical Prayer Service which will be held at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral (3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91504) on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 starting at 7:00 p.m. With Larry Caviness, President of the Southern California Conference of Seventh Day Adventists as the evening’s keynote speaker, the traditional prayer service will be dedicated to the 110th anniversary of founding of Glendale Adventist Medical Center.
The Christian Education Council’s Advent Fair 2014 was held on Sunday, November 16, under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese. Sunday School students, parents and teachers from the Cathedral Parish, St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Santa Clarita, St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church in Pasadena, the Armenian Church of Ventura County and St. Peter Armenian Church in Van Nuys took part in the exciting event.
Excitement filled the ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel on November 15 when organizers and guests gathered to honor Dr. Mihran Agbabian and George R. Phillips, Sr., Esq. at the AMAA-Haigazian University Celebratory Banquet co-chaired by Joyce Abdulian and Ken Kevorkian. Prayers were offered, anthems and music were sung, videos were shown, and genuine tributes were paid to these two men who are champions of the AMAA, Haigazian University, and a myriad of worthy institutions within the Armenian Community. Both honorees are former AMAA Board Members.
On November 19, 2014, the Nazareth and Sima Kalaydjian Hall of the Western Diocese was the venue for a unique seminar titled “STAY ALIVE – SAVE A LIFE.” The community event featured four distinguished community leaders Camoron Yadidi Brock, Esq., Psychotherapist and Coach Foojan Zeine, Alaleh Kamran, Esq. and Real Estate Broker Vahik Alkhasian.
On Tuesday, November 18, the Primate welcomed Fethiye Cetin, the attorney of Hrant Dink, to the Western Diocese. Mrs. Cetin was accompanied by members of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration Committee. His Eminence reflected on the life of the late the prominent figure and his valuable contributions toward Genocide recognition. Archbishop commended and expressed his gratitude to Mrs. Cetin for her quest for justice in representing the family of Hrant Dink in 2010.
2015 will mark the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. Armenians all over the world will unite to commemorate this historic, tragic and unforgettable atrocity. Under the leadership of its beloved pastor Fr. Moushegh Tashjian and in collaboration with the Western Diocese, St. Mary Armenian Church of Costa Mesa (148 22nd Street, Costa Mesa) will host a commemorative event as well.
On Sunday, November 23, the Primate will pay a pastoral visit to St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church of Fowler. His Eminence will be the day’s celebrant and homilist. During the service, the Primate will grant four minor orders of Acolyte to Sloan Stepanian and Spencer Stepanian. The Order of stole-bearer will be conferred upon Andrew Hagopian and Mark Pryor. Archbishop Derderian will also ordain Ken Melkonian into the Diaconate.
On Sunday, November 30, 2014, as we celebrate the children of our community and the beginning of a new chapter in the longstanding partnership between the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we invite all faithful to join us in prayer and in honoring Thomas C. Lee, MD, Director of The Vision Center at CHLA for his God-pleasing and tireless work in Armenia saving eyesight in premature infants.
On Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. a banquet was organized by the Armenian Genocide Centennial Commemoration Committee in honor of Fethiye Cetin, the attorney of Hrant Dink, editor-in-chief of the bilingual Turkish-Armenian newspaper “Agos” who was assassinated in January 2007. Dink, a prominent member of the Armenian community, was known for his criticism of Turkey’s denial of the Armenian Genocide and his advocacy of human and minority rights in Turkey. The event was held at the Organization of Istanbul Armenians (OIA) Headquarters in Canoga Park.
On November 1, elections for a new primate were held at the Armenian Diocese of France, Diocesan Assembly. The meeting was held in the hall of the St. John the Baptist Church of Paris. From a list of three nominated candidates, the forty-four of the fifty-four diocesan delegates by a majority of votes, chose His Grace Bishop Vahan Hovhannisyan to serve as the Primate of the Armenian Diocese of France. Bishop Vahan is a member of the Brotherhood of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and currently serving as Primate of the Armenian Diocese of the United Kingdom.
On November 16, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, during the celebration of Divine Liturgy, Episcopal ordinations and consecrations were held. Rev. Fr. Narek Berberyan, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Brazil; Rev. Fr. Abgar Hovakimyan, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Canada; and Rev. Fr. Vardan Navasardyan, Director of the Christian Education Center of Mother See; were consecrated, ordained and elevated in rank, by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.