In a special ceremony in Hartford, CT, Bishop Daniel blessed the incoming Central Council of the ACYOA.
Since May, when the annual ACYOA General Assembly met as an online gathering, the elected members of the ACYOA Central Council have been at work planning the coming year’s activities. Meetings through the spring and summer were conducted virtually. But in late August the Central Council members met in-person for the first time, in the company of outgoing members of the previous council and staff of the Eastern Diocese’s Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries.
The meeting in Hartford, CT, at the city’s St. George Church, was especially memorable because Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel presided and spent the entire day with the young adults. After a thought-provoking reflection on St. Mary and the Armenian Church’s celebrations of her pious character, the Primate challenged the ACYOA Central Council to apply her example to their own efforts on behalf of the church.
To conclude the daylong gathering, Bishop Daniel led an evening service in which he blessed the ACYOA leaders. St. George pastor Fr. Voski Galstyan warmly welcomed the visitors to the church; these included Fr. Haroutiun Sabounjian, pastor of the Holy Resurrection Church of New Britain, CT, Jennifer Morris from the Diocese’s Youth and Young Adult Ministries department, along with ACYOA Seniors from both sister churches, and faithful from the region. Hartford’s ACYOA, led by chair Krikor Norsigian, prepared the dinner that followed the ceremonies.
The newly installed ACYOA Central Council includes Sona Dagley (Framingham, MA), Alina Grigorian (Racine, WI), Rafael Grigoryan (Jacksonville, FL), Melissa Fanizza (Palos Heights, IL), Christine Beylerian (Fair Lawn, NJ), Ani Misirliyan (Southfield, MI), and Andrew Yenicag (Bayside, NY). The current members extend their appreciation to outgoing Central Council members Nora Knadjian (Chicago, IL), Nick Tashjian (Fair Lawn, NJ), and Arsen Yelegen (White Plains, NY).