The eyes of much of the world were focused on America’s northeast corridor last week, as His Holiness Pope Francis made his first pontifical visit to the United States. Among the millions of people anticipating his appearances in Washington, New York, and Philadelphia, members of the Armenian Church community made special efforts to welcome the Pope with characteristic warmth and affection.
Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), visited the Church of the Holy Resurrection on Sunday, September 20, as the parish honored its pastor the Rev. Fr. Kapriel Mouradjian on the 10th anniversary of his ordination to the holy priesthood, and marked the 35th anniversary of the consecration of its current sanctuary in New Britain.
On the evening of Tuesday, October 6, a new 10-foot tall, bronze-and-polished-steel sculpture will be unveiled and blessed in an outdoor ceremony on the plaza of St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in Manhattan.
The Diocese’s Armenian Studies Department hosted an Armenian Teachers’ Symposium on Saturday September 12, at the Diocesan Center in New York. The daylong gathering focused on “Blended Learning”—the use of technology in traditional instruction—and drew more than 50 educators from Diocesan Armenian Schools.