This year’s Saturday School Seminar was held on August 23rd at the Diocesan Headquarters in Burbank. The program commenced with the Primate’s opening prayer and a subsequent spiritual message. His Eminence commended the Saturday School Executive Committee led by Dr. Ellie Antreassian.
The Christian Education Council held a Workshop at the Diocesan Headquarters on Saturday, August 23, 2014. With superintendents, catechists, clergy, parents and ladies society members participating, the theme of the workshop was “Creating Partnerships and Building Community.”
On Sunday, August 24, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian paid a pastoral visit to the Armenian Church in Ventura County where His Eminence celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon.
The Western Diocese of the Armenian Church always takes pride in good relationships and keen partnerships it maintains with local organizations and institutions. Among them, the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is unique. In June 2005, when His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians paid a Pontifical visit to the Armenian community of Southern California, despite his tight schedule, His Holiness made sure to visit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to extend his blessings and give hope to the patients. Since then, the Diocesan clergy got more involved with the hospital, paying frequent visits, and even taking CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) courses at Children’s Hospital.
The 2nd Annual Summer Night at the Turpanjian Plaza was held on Friday, August 22, 2014, under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America.
Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian’s pastoral visit to the Armenian Apostolic Church of Victorville on August 18th, 2014 was much anticipated. Accompanied by Rev. Fr. Arshag A. K. Khatchadourian, the Visiting Pastor, Deacon Mkrtich Ksachikyan, the Diocesan Youth Director, and Mr. Diran Avagyan, Archbishop Derderian took the long commute all the way from Los Angeles to Hesperia to convey his fatherly blessings and meet with the Parish Council members.
More than 70 friends and supporters of the Diocesan Stewardship Program attended the fundraising reception at the Primate’s residence in Burbank on Thursday, August 21, 2014. Among the guests were Rev. Fr. Nerses Hayrapetyan and Rev. Fr. Khajag Shahbazyan, both graduates of the Stewardship Program. Diocesan Priesthood-Candidates Dn. Sarkis Alanjian and Dn. Mkrtich Ksachikyan were also in attendance.
A number of important topics pertaining to the Armenian-American youth were discussed on Thursday, August 21 at the Diocesan Headquarters. The Primate met with Archpriest Fr. Sarkis Petoyan, Religious Instructor of St. Gregory’s Hovsepian School, Mr. Howard Emirhanian, Chairman of the Parish Council of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church in Pasadena, Mr. Hartyoon Hilalian, former Chair of the Parish Council and Mr. Shahe Mankerian, Principal of the School to discuss ways to form a graduate transfer program between Hovsepian School and Pasadena’s AGBU Vatche and Tamar Manoukian High School.
At the invitation of His Excellency Grigor Hovhannissian, Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia to Mexico, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian will travel to Mexico on August 25th where he will meet with Ambassador Hovhannissian, religious leaders and members of the Armenian community.
A letter, drafted by Rabbi Harold Schulweis, Founder of Jewish World Watch, and signed by a large group of religious leaders throughout the United States including His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America has been addressed to President Barack Obama.
On Wednesday, August 20, the Primate paid a pastoral visit to St. James Armenian Church in Sacramento. Archbishop Derderian met with Parish Priest and the Parish Council to discuss the future of the Northern California parish.
We are happy to inform the Diocesan faithful that a Mission Parish has been established in the City of Bakersfield. At the Primate’s directive, Camp Committee Chair Mark Pryor named Diocesan liaison to oversee the development of the parish as it structures itself. Once a core group is formed, further measures will be taken to elect Parish Council and other auxiliary committees.
The Assumption of the Holy Mother of God was celebrated throughout the Armenian Apostolic Church on August 17, 2014. With hundreds in attendance, the day’s celebrant at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral was His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church.
August 22 – Burbank Unified School District Superintendent’s Visit to the Western Diocese Evening: 2nd Annual “Summer Night at the Turpanjian Plaza” organized by the Cathedral’s Ladies Guild August 23 – Saturday and Sunday School Workshops at Diocesan Headquarters