The eagerly anticipated 50th anniversary celebration of St. Vartan Cathedral will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 5 and 6, during a weekend of activities at the Diocesan Center (630 Second Avenue, at 34th Street) in New York City.
On that warm April morning in 1968, when the doors to a newly-built St. Vartan Cathedral swung open to welcome the procession of His Holiness Vasken I, Nazar Nazarian stood shoulder to shoulder with the proud witnesses.
Hundreds of Armenian Church leaders from across the Eastern Diocese will gather for the 116th Diocesan Assembly, meeting May 3-5 at the Renaissance Westchester Hotel, in West Harrison, NY.
St. Gregory the Enlightener Church of White Plains is hosting the gathering, as well as the Clergy Conference and Women’s Guild Assembly.
This year’s assembly theme, “Under One Roof,” expresses the cooperative spirit within the Diocesan Ministries, and among the Diocese and its local parishes.
At the annual awards banquet on Friday, May 4, Toros Mangassarian, of the White Plains parish, will be honored as the Diocese’s 2018 “Armenian Church Member of the Year.” Dr. Stephen Smith, of the USC Shoah Foundation, will be honored as this year’s “Friend of the Armenians.”
The special “St. Vartan Cathedral Golden Anniversary Medal” will be bestowed on Mr. and Mrs. Nazar and Artemis Nazarian, in conjunction with the cathedral’s 50th anniversary milestone.
See more on the St. Gregory the Enlightener parish website.
The Eastern Diocese has announced that His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, will not be traveling to the United States in early May, as had been scheduled.
His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian announced this week that he would not seek an 8th term of office as Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern).