An Ordination to the Holy Priesthood in Springfield, MA, May 28-29

The Eastern Diocese is pleased to announce that Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel Findikyan will ordain Deacon Timothy Aznavourian to the Holy Order of Priesthood on Friday and Saturday, May 28-29, 2021.

The Service of Calling to the Priesthood and Ordination and Consecration will take place at St. Mark Church in Springfield, MA, where Dn. Timothy has been serving as Deacon-in-Charge since February. Fr. Shnork Souin  will serve as sponsoring priest and Ralph Rafaelian as ordination godfather.

Dn. Timothy, a native of our New England communities, is a 2020 graduate of St. Nersess and St. Vladimir’s seminaries. Following graduation he served a pastoral internship at the Holy Trinity Church of Cambridge, MA, under the tutelage of Fr. Vasken Kouzouian. He is married to the former Julianne Tavitian, whom he met during the 2015 Diocesan Youth Pilgrimage to Jerusalem. As a married couple they spent 10 months in Armenia as Dn. Timothy studied at Holy Etchmiadzin’s Gevorkian Seminary.

“It’s hard to believe that in a few weeks, God willing, I will be ordained to the Holy Priesthood,” reflects Dn. Timothy. “It is my deep prayer that through the power of the Holy Spirit and the intercession of the saints, my ordination will be a blessing for the parish for whom I am being ordained to serve, as well as for the greater Springfield community. To come to the point of ordination requires above all God’s will, but also the help, advice and encouragement of the many people I have had the privilege of knowing along the way.”

Following his ordination in late May, the newly-consecrated priest will spend 40 days in seclusion and prayer at St. Nersess Seminary before returning to St. Mark Church as its pastor.

Dn. Timothy Aznavourian will be the fourth priest ordained by the hand of Bishop Daniel since the latter was consecrated to the episcopal rank in 2019, and the second he has ordained in as many months.

Details of Ordination Ceremonies

Bishop Daniel will conduct the Service of Calling to the Priesthood on Friday, May 28, at 6 p.m. at St. Mark Church (2427 Wilbraham Rd., Springfield, MA). A reception will immediately follow in the parish’s T. Nishan Omartian Hall.

The following morning, on Saturday, May 29, at 10 a.m., Bishop Daniel will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Dn. Timothy. A celebratory banquet will immediately follow in the church hall. (For information on the ordination events, contact Diane Boghosian at (413) 596-9320.)

Both services will be broadcast live on the St. Mark Church Facebook page.

For those wishing to offer a gift and congratulatory message on the occasion, please click here; add your congratulatory message in the “Special Instructions to the Seller” section, or visit and select “Ordination Donation” from the “Donate” button. Please contact Anna Garabedian at (413) 478-7688, or at with any questions. (Click here for suggested gift levels.)

A special group hotel rate has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn (800 Hall of Fame Ave., Springfield). For bookings, call (413) 886-8000 and reference St. Mark Armenian Church. The deadline for hotel reservations is May 12.

Massachusetts COVID-19 guidelines will be followed at all times throughout the ordination weekend. Due to capacity limitations, reservations are required and are being accepted on a first-come/first-served basis.

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