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Etchmiadzin Seminarians Visit the Eastern Diocese

This summer, the Eastern Diocese was happy to welcome two seminarians from Armenia to spend time among our faithful and learn about the Armenian Church community in America.

Dn. Hovhannes Avetisyan and Dn. David Gishian are students at the Gevorgyan Seminary of Holy Etchmiadzin. During their month visiting the U.S., both young men spent two weeks at St. Vartan Camp helping the staff and interacting with the campers. Later each spent time in Diocesan parishes, with Dn. Hovhannes going to the Holy Trinity Church of Cambridge, MA, and Dn. David going to the St. John Church of Southfield, MI.

On August 16, Diocesan Primate the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan welcomed the two visiting deacons to the Diocesan Center in New York, before they departed for Armenia later that evening. In between they experienced a whirlwind tour of Manhattan.

Of his time here, Dn. Hovhannes observed: “I was interested in how people have such strong feelings about what they want from the church, and the Diocese meets those expectations. That’s something I’ll carry with me back to Armenia.”

Dn. David agreed, adding: “It was especially beautiful to work among the young people of this Diocese; to see how they are a part of the church, and to see how much the church is part of them.”

The deacons were part of a summer program initiated by the dean of Gevorgyan Seminary, the Very Rev. Fr. Garegin Hambartzumyan, with the blessing of the Catholicos of All Armenians, in which seminarians spend a month experiencing church life in diaspora communities. This summer, the Eastern and Western dioceses in the U.S., as well as the dioceses of Great Britain, France, and Russia, all welcomed seminarians.

Above: Diocesan Primate Fr. Daniel Findikyan with Dn. Hovhannes Avetisyan (left) and Dn. David Gishian (right).

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