October 18 – Endowment Fund Meeting October 19 – St. Apkar Armenian Church in Arizona (Celebrant and Homilist) Groundblessing Ceremony of the Elderly Care Home Dedication ceremony of children’s playground Fundraiser for the Lazar Najarian and Kaloust Gulbenkian Armenian School in Aleppo – Organized by the Alumni Association - Father Manoug Markarian to represent the Primate
Under the auspices of the religious leaders of the Armenian Apostolic, Catholic and Evangelical Churches, on October 15, 2014, the Syrian Armenian Relief Fund (SARF) and the Syrian Armenian Schools Alumni Associations of Los Angeles organized a community forum with Archbishop Shahan Sarkissian, Prelate of the Armenian Prelacy in Aleppo. The event was held at the “Armenak Der Bedrosian Hall” of St. Mary’s Armenian Church in Glendale.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC) has once again gathered an army of men to kick off the Army of Pink campaign! In an effort to increase awareness about breast cancer and local resources at the hospital, GAMC is partnering with prominent community members in Glendale to help fight cancer through early detection and treatment. Our Primate is one of six candidates of this year’s campaign. The men will carry the message of hope and will educate the community during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Armenia Fund, the US Western Region Affiliate of “Hayastan” All-Armenian Fund held a kick-off dinner reception for its 20th Annual Gala Banquet. Phoenicia restaurant was the venue for the event which was attended by nearly 100 guests including clergy, community leaders and supporters of Armenia Fund. Mr. and Mrs. Gerald and Patricia Turpanjian were honored at the reception for their invaluable contributions to Armenia. Lieutenant General Artur Agabekyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the Nagorno Karabakh Republic was the Guest of Honor.
On October 16, the “Zvartnots” Cultural Committee of the Western Diocese in collaboration with the Organization of Istanbul Armenians (OIA) organized an event titled “Treasures of Faith.” The keynote speaker was Dr. Ronald Marchese, History Professor from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. The cultural event was held at the Hampar Family Reception Room under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America.
His Holiness Ignatius Aphrem II, the Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, visited Armenia this month, at the invitation of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. Upon his arrival on October 10, a prayer of thanksgiving was offered at Holy Etchmiadzin.
The 40th anniversary celebration of St. John Garabed Armenian Church was held on October 12, 2014, at the Taglyan Cultural Center in Hollywood. The grandiose event was held under the auspices of the Western Diocese and was organized by the Parish Council and the 40th Anniversary Committee. The evening’s honorary chairlady was Mrs. Rose Ketchoyan, the widow of John Ketchoyan, one of the founding members of St. John Garabed Armenian Church.
As we have previously informed our faithful community, on Sunday, November 30, 2014, during the Divine Liturgy, the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, at the initiative of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate will recognize Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and honor Dr. Thomas Lee for his incredible philanthropic work in Armenia. The day will be dedicated to our beloved children as designated by the Diocesan Primate.
Under the auspices of the Armenian General Benevolent Union Western District Committee, the AGBU Asbeds hosted the first of three programs commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide. The event, featuring guest speaker the Honorable Vartan Oskanian, former foreign affairs minister of the Republic Armenia and present member of the Armenian parliament, was held on October 10, 2014 at the AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian Center in Pasadena.
St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Catholic Church was the venue for the 2014 Orran USA Fundraising Gala. The event was held on October 10, 2014 by clergy, community leaders and hundreds of Orran supporters. His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate, attended the event.
On October 18, the Primate will travel to Scottsdale, Arizona where on the following day His Eminence will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at St. Apkar Armenian Church. Archbishop Derderian will also preside over the blessing and dedication of St. Apkar’s new frescoes and stained glass windows, will officiate the blessing and dedication ceremony of the playground (main benefactor Dr. Vardges Vandian) and will perform the groundbreaking ceremony of the Mesrop and Marian Megerdichian Senior Living Residence. On that day, the Arizona parish will also mark its Fifth Anniversary and will celebrate Father Zacharia Saribekyan’s 20th Anniversary of Ordination into the Priesthood. A festive luncheon will be held in the Melikian Hall following the service and the subsequent ceremonies.
On Saturday, October 11, the Armenian Apostolic Church observed the Feast of the Holy Translators. On the following day at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral, the celebrant priest was the Rev. Fr. Dr. Stepanos Dingilian, Pastor of the Armenian Church of Riverside. His Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian, His Eminence Archbishop Yeprem Tabakian, Archpriest Fr. Sipan Mekhsian and the Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan participated in the service, which was presided by the Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian.
The Zorayan Museum Committee of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church are pleased to present a special art exhibition, featuring the paintings of international artist and architectural designer KOKO. The art exhibition of his works on canvas titled “Between Two Worlds,” will open on Thursday November 6 and run through November 7 at the Zorayan Museum, located in the Western Diocesan Complex of the Armenian Church of North America, 3325 North Glenoaks Boulevard in Burbank, CA.