Exploring “Faith & Works” in Armenian Christianity

Staff and friends of the Eastern Diocese took part in the “Faith and Works” conference in Venice, Italy, jointly sponsored by the Armenian Church’s Office of the Legate of Western Europe and the Armenian Catholic Mekhitarist Congregation. The conference ran February 6-8 at the island monastery of San Lazzaro.

Delivering the opening and concluding remarks respectively were Armenian Catholic Archbishop Levon Zekiyan and Legate of Western Europe Archbishop Khajag Barsamian. In between were panel discussions with an international roster of speakers, a film screening, a concert, and tours of the historic monastic setting.

A panel on “Modern Challenges to Faith Formation” featured presentations from Primate of France (and past Diocesan pastor) Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian. From the Eastern Diocese’s Ministries departments Arpi Nakashian spoke on the same panel about finding faith in urban settings in the 21st century.

Other figures familiar throughout the Diocese—including Bishop Bagrat Galstanyan, Dr. Roberta Ervine, Dr. Abraham Terian, and Dr. Rachel Goshgarian—spoke on panels exploring topics like “Faith in the Digital Age” and “Prayer as a Source and Nourishment of Faith.”

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