Organizations & Programs

Archbishop Hovnan Derderian Scholarship Fund

The Archbishop Hovnan Derderian Scholarship Fund is centered on education, scholarship, and service – equipping young men and women in mind and character – to impact the world for Christ and make a difference in today’s society. By awarding scholarships to graduating high school seniors who show exceptional promise and creativity in Armenian and Religious Studies, among other academic fields, The Archbishop Hovnan Derderian Scholarship Fund encourages and rewards deserving students within our community to achieve their goals and objectives. Through our dedication to developing committed leaders within the Western Diocese, this fund provides leadership training to young scholars who aspire to implement change and make an impact in the community.

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Armenian Church Youth Organization

Established in 1949, the ACYO of the Western Diocese is a membership organization which serves the Armenian Youth.


Association of the Armenian Church Choirs of the Western Diocese

The Association of the Armenian Church Choirs of the Western Diocese promotes the teaching of sacred music of the Armenian Church, encourages the choirs to learn and adhere to the liturgical rites, cannons, and doctrines of the Armenian Church and to promote their faithful practice, assist the choirs within our Diocese to develop their local organization and activities, and promotes the appreciation and use of Armenian music. The AACCWD Central Council is chaired by Mrs. Lucy Tashjian.

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Christian Education Council-Youth Faith Formation/Sunday School

The mission of the Christian Education Council (CEC) as directed by our Primate is to develop, implement and oversee youth faith formation programs of the Western Diocese.  In so doing it strengthens and develops the Christian Faith as expressed in the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church for the glory of the Most Holy Trinity.


Christian Study Courses

Launched in July 2012, Christian Study Courses (CSC) is one of the newly established Diocesan missions backed by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate. The weekly study sessions are headed by Diocesan Librarian and Ecumenical Officer Hayk Madoyan, and Sunday School and Media Department Director Vahe Sargsyan. The goal of CSC is to spread the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to promote Christian values, and to create catechists, staunch defenders of the Christian faith. Throughout the last semester, the CSC closely examined and analyzed the Nicene Creed. Beginning April 1, the CSC will offer nine-week study courses which on The Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12, Luke 6:20-26), (commonly known as the Sermon on the Mount). All faithful are cordially invited to take part in the spiritually enriching courses aimed at comprehending and incorporating the Word of God in our lifestyle.


Christian Youth Mission to Armenia

CYMA is an annual program which sends youth to the Republic of Armenia to connect with the Homeland.


Etchmiadzin Children's Fund - ECF

For almost two decades, the Etchmiadzin Children's Fund pursues a most noble and God-pleasing task, namely to assist orphans and needy children of Armenia. These disadvantaged yet brilliant children are unprepared to face life's challenges, for they become dependent upon the bits of charity and benevolence.


Junior Godfathers of St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

"Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs." (Matthew 19:14).

The Junior Godfather Program is designed on the basic principle that Godfathers are guardians of the faith who are entrusted to protect our Christian faith that has guided our nation through the chapters of history. It is the goal of the Junior Godfather Program to provide an opportunity for all Armenian children and youth to bond with the church and to commit to become guardians of the faith of the Armenian Apostolic Church. The importance of Junior Godfathers is the chain that links them to the liturgical life of St. Leon Armenian Cathedral and the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church.

"I have no greater joy than this, to hear that my children are walking in the truth" (3 John 1:4).


Ladies Guild of St. Leon Armenian Cathedral

Founded in 2010, the mission of the Ladies Guild is to organize cultural and community events supporting the mission of the Diocese, raising funds and spearheading initiatives for increasing community involvement by promoting unity. Its vision is to cultivate, preserve and perpetuate the traditions and values of the Armenian Apostolic Church by facilitating the introduction and promoting involvement in existing and new Diocesan programs to the community. The Ladies Guild is chaired by Mrs. Araxie Boyamian.

Ladies Society Central Council

Our Mission:
To study, to practice and to propagate the teachings of the Holy Scriptures, the doctrines and the rites of the Armenian Church.
To study the history, the traditions and the customs of the Armenian Church and its people.
To cultivate Christian virtues of mutual love and of cooperation toward one another and toward other organizations within the Parish Church community.


Religious Education Department

Aimed at providing spiritual nourishment and promoting Christian values, the Christian Education Department holds weekly Bible study sessions, caters to the spiritual needs of school students and provides lectures/seminars for Diocesan Priesthood-Candidates. The Director of the Christian Education Department is Mashdots Jobanian.

Stewardship Program

Committed to supporting the Clergy candidates and youth programs of the Western Diocese.

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Summer Camp

A long standing mission which provides week long summer camp sessions to nurture the youth of the Western Diocese


Western Diocese Endowment Fund

The Western Diocese Endowment Fund (WDEF) is an independent, separately incorporated non-profit organization established under the laws of the State of California to provide professional, disciplined, cost-effective financial management for the Fund’s pool of tax-exempt donations, as well as parish and individual endowments managed by the Fund. The Funds assets are conservatively invested for reasonable yields while minimizing risk. The annual revenues from such capital investments alleviate the uncertainties of a fluctuating income for the Diocese, Diocesan organizations and individual parishes, and generate stable income distributions to help fund the expanded religious, cultural, national, and youth activities of the Diocese within the Armenian community.


Zvartnots Cultural Committee

For centuries, in the absence of the Armenian Statehood, the Armenian Church became the stronghold for the preservation and enrichment of the unique character of the Armenian Culture. To continue the same tradition, “ZVARTNOTS” Cultural Committee was established in July of 2011, under the auspices of H.E. Abp. Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America. The primary mission of this committee is “to preserve and promote the Armenian language, identity and heritage in the Diaspora, through cultural and educational programs”.