This week, the Eastern Diocese will be blessed to witness the ordination of a new priest—the second such ordination to be performed this summer.
On July 26-27, Deacon Arman Galstyan will be ordained by the hand of Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan, at the St. George Church of Hartford, CT.
The ordination of Dn. Arman will begin on the evening of Friday, July 26, with the Service of Calling. The Sacrament of Ordination will be conferred during a special badarak on Saturday morning, July 27. As part of the sacrament, Bishop Daniel will confer a new name on the candidate, by which he will be known throughout his future ministry as a priest.
Dn. Arman’s sponsoring priest for the ordination will be the Rev. Fr. Gomidas Zohrabian. His godparents will be Sarkis and Ruth Bedevian.
Faithful who wish to take part in this spiritually uplifting event should consult the website of the Hartford parish for information on the ordination and the festivities surrounding it.
By the Bishop’s Hand
Following his ordination, the newly-consecrated Fr. Galstyan will spend his 40-day seclusion period at St. Nersess Seminary in Armonk, NY. Afterwards, he will return to the St. George Church—where he has been serving as Deacon-in-Charge—to take up his new pastoral role as a priest.
In the Armenian Church, conferring the sacrament of Holy Orders is a special prerogative of the bishop. Dn. Arman will be the second priest to be ordained by Bishop Daniel. The first was Fr. Andreas Garabedian, ordained at Chicago’s St. Gregory the Illuminator Church, on June 29.
May our risen Lord bless these new priests—and all their brothers in the clergy—as they perform Christ’s ministry among our people.