His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, was in America this week to bestow a rare distinction on two lifelong servants and defenders of the Armenian Church.
Pastors from throughout the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America met during October and November 2019 for a series of “Armenian Clergy Continuing Education Gatherings.”
The Eastern Diocese held its second annual ACYOA Seniors National Fall Retreat from November 8 to 10. Organized by the ACYOA Central Council, the theme of this year’s retreat was “In Communion: Exploring the Need for Human Connection.”
In Syria’s Deir el-Zor province—a locale already infamous in Armenian history, and a byword for Armenian martyrdom—an Armenian Catholic priest and his father were murdered this week in an act of terror by the Islamic State (ISIS), which has claimed responsibility for the outrage.
This week marks the 20th anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Karekin II. It was on November 4, 1999, that His Holiness was consecrated as the 132nd Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, in a magnificent ceremony at the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin.