His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, has officially announced that he will elevate newly-elected Diocesan Primate the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan to the rank of bishop.

In his letter dated June 14, in gracious reply to the petition of the Diocesan Council chairman and secretary, respectively James Kalustian and Mona Karoghlanian, His Holiness wrote:

“We impart our pontifical blessings to you for your good and zealous efforts for the brightness of your divinely-protected Diocese. Once again congratulating you on the occasion of the election of your new Diocesan Primate, we are pleased to follow-up on your request to grant Daniel Vartabed the episcopal order. After we confirm the date of the episcopal ordination, you will receive notification accordingly.”

The date of the elevation ceremony has yet to be announced. His Holiness confirmed and conferred his blessing on Fr. Findikyan’s election to the primacy on May 8, a few days after Fr. Findikyan’s election during the 116th Assembly of the Eastern Diocese.

Diocesan Primate the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan was in Washington, DC, at the close of June for the opening of the annual Smithsonian Folk Festival, which this year is spotlighting Armenia among its featured cultural heritages.

The Primate presided over the opening prayer and antasdan (field-blessing) service on the grounds of the National Mall on June 28. Armenian clergy taking part in the service included Bishop Anoushavan Tanielian, Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Fr. Sarkis Aktavoukian, Fr. Hovnan Bozoian, and Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, as well as Dn. Mark Krikorian.

The honored guest for the occasion was the visiting President of Armenia, Dr. Armen Sarkissian, who led the roster of dignitaries attending the festival opening.

That same evening Fr. Findikyan attended a special gathering at Armenia’s Embassy to the U.S., where Armenian President Sarkissian was formally welcomed by a large crowd of community leaders, including many from throughout the Eastern Diocese.

Armenia’s Ambassador to the U.S. Grigor Hovhannisyan hosted the event, which also marked the centennial of the First Armenian Republic. A sculpture of that earlier republic’s Ambassador to the U.S., Armen Garo (born Karekin Pastermadjian), was unveiled to public.

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Three disciples come face-to-face with the mind-boggling nature of God. How do they react? And is there a lesson for us in their experience? That’s the question the church poses in the Feast of the Transfiguration—which the Armenian Church will observe on Sunday, July 8.

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At the very dawn of his term as Primate, the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan travelled to five regions of the Diocese to meet face-to-face with the clergy. Inaugurating his new relationship with the pastors as their new Primate, Fr. Findikyan shared his vision for the Eastern Diocese and reflected on the Armenian Church’s mission as lived out in our parishes each day.

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On behalf of our new Primate, the Very Reverend Fr. Daniel Findikyan, and the entire Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, we wish all of you a happy Independence Day.

For well over a century now, Armenians have been blessed to merge our way of life with the bounty and liberty of this great nation of America. On these shores our people found a refuge from persecution, but also a land that would sustain and strengthen us as we sought to honor our heritage, and worship our Lord.

This Independence Day we renew our prayers, asking God to bless this land and her people, so that she may continue to be a great beacon of hope to our world, and a nurturing friend to our homeland.

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