ACYOA Chapter Workshop

By Arsen Yelegen

From January 20 to 22, more than 40 young adults from 16 parishes across the Eastern Diocese gathered at St. Kevork Church in Houston, TX for the annual ACYOA Seniors Chapter Workshop. Organized by the ACYOA Central Council, the weekend focused on finding ways to strengthen local ACYOA chapters. The Rev. Fr. Martiros Hakobyan, pastor of St. Kevork Church, served as the weekend’s chaplain.

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On Friday, January 6, worshippers gathered at New York’s St. Vartan Cathedral for the observance of the Feast of the Nativity and Theophany of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered a sermon that touched on the economic and security concerns people face in today’s society.

He said that despite the many worldly troubles that exist today, “God understands all these concerns—and still He has called us, to perform His will in the world.”

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By Florence Avakian

On Thursday, December 8, the Eastern Diocese’s Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center presented a screening of the documentary “Havresc: Stand on Courage,” examining the daily struggles of Armenian and Assyrian Christian Iraqis and the village they built on the edge of ISIS-controlled territory.

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From November 18 to 20, 60 young adults from some 20 parishes across the Eastern Diocese gathered at Camp Washington in Lakeside, CT, for the annual ACYOA Seniors Leadership Conference. This year, 60 percent of the participants were first-time attendees of the Leadership Conference.

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Saturday, November 12 marked the long-awaited opening of the new campus of St. Nersess Seminary in Armonk, NY. His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, officiated over the ceremonies.

He was assisted by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese and President of the seminary, and Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese.

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