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The commencement exercises of Alfred and Marguerite Hovsepian School’s elementary and middle school students was held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the church sanctuary of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church of Pasadena.
We are pleased to announce to the Diocesan faithful that on May 25, 2016, His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America has appointed Mrs. Gail Chelebian as the Chairlady of the Christian Education Council.
Representatives of the Armenian American Museum met with California State Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D- Paramount) and Assembly Member Adrin Nazarian (D-Sherman Oaks) on Friday, May 27, 2016 to thank them for including a $5 million earmark for the Armenian American Museum in the Assembly proposed version of the 2016 – 2017 State Budget and urge them to persuade the Conference Committee to include the funding in the compromise budget that will be considered by the State Legislature before June 15, 2016.
On May 28, 2016, the Primate presided over the Central California Regional Meeting at St. Paul Armenian Church in Fresno. Among the topics on the agenda included the strengthening of the Parish-Diocese relationship, the expansion of parish missions and projects and the active involvement of the youth in the life of the Church.
The 52nd ACYO Sports Weekend was held in Clovis, California over Memorial Day Weekend 2016. With Buchanan High School acting as host, the weekend allowed for Diocesan youth on the West Coast to compete in team sports while enjoying each other’s camaraderie.
On June 2, 2016, His Eminence Bishop Mouhsegh Babayan, assisted by Father Hovel Ohanyan from St. Vartan Armenian Church of Oakland, and Der Margos Mangasaryan, Director of Youth Services of the Mother See, baptized seven girls and confirmed an eighth from the Nakashian Children’s Support Center where the Mer Hooys program operates.
His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; sent a letter of appreciation to Mr. Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag; and expressed his appreciation and gratitude on the occasion of the adoption of a resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide, on June 2 by the Bundestag.
On May 26, the Very Rev. Fr. Pakrad Berjekian represented the Primate at an art exhibition held at the Consulate of the Republic of Armenia.
On May 24, 2016 a historic gathering of over one hundred and twenty American, Armenian and Assyrian community leaders took place in Encino, California, in order to honor the heroes of the law enforcement community who keep peace and safety throughout Los Angeles.
The St. Nersess Graduation Ceremony was held on Friday, May 20, 2016. We congratulate graduates Dn. Narek Garabedian, who graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from the joint program between St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, and Edgar Gevorgyan, who graduated with a Master of Arts degree from the joint program between the two seminaries.
Last week, His Eminence Archbishop Pargev Martirosyan, Primate of the Diocese of Artsakh and His Eminence Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Legate of the Eastern Diocese in Washington DC, visited the Western Diocese visited the Western Diocese.