“I congratulate the 50th anniversary of this cathedral,” said Archbishop Khajag Barsamian in his message to worshippers who crowded every corner of New York’s St. Vartan Cathedral. “This is a place that has welcomed people from every walk of life, every background, who have come together here to pray, share our friendship, and learn the rich Christian heritage of the Armenian people.”
“The future depends on what we do in the present.”
Those powerful words—spoken by Mahatma Gandhi—were emblazoned as a marquis over an exhibit marking the 50th anniversary of St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York City.
More than 160 clergy and lay delegates, representing parishes from across the Eastern Diocese, gathered in West Harrison, NY, from May 3 to 5, for the 116th Diocesan Assembly, hosted by the St. Gregory the Enlightener Church of White Plains, NY.
The Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America entered a new era of leadership on Friday, May 4, 2018, when the 116th Diocesan Assembly elected the Very Reverend Fr. Daniel Findikyan as the new Diocesan Primate.
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.