St. James Armenian Church, Evanston, IL

On Sunday, November 19, St. James Church of Evanston, IL, consecrated a new entry portal for the church during the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate.

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The Eastern Diocese’s annual “ACYOA Leadership Conference” brought together young adults from 20 parishes on November 17-19. Some 43 young adults—almost half of whom were first-time participants—gathered at the St. Iakovos Retreat Center in Kansasville, WI, for the conference organized by the ACYOA Central Council.

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Oscar Tatosian

The Embassy of the Republic of Armenia to the U.S. announced in late November that it will soon have a new consular post in the city of Chicago, whose jurisdiction will cover the American Midwest. The office represents the third such consular post in the U.S., following offices established in in Fresno (in 2014) and Las Vegas (2015).

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George Avakian

Life cast George Avakian in many roles: record producer, critic, educator, talent scout, manager, impresario. When he passed away last week at the age of 98, the entire music world—especially jazz artists and the recording industry—mourned the loss of true visionary, who blazed a pioneering trail through American music, but never lost touch with the gentlemanly virtues of his Old-World heritage.

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The latest regional reception for the 2017 Annual Appeal took place on Friday, November 17. Supporters of the Diocese from Westchester (NY) and Connecticut gathered at the home of Bryan and Maria Stepanian to learn about the work being done to enrich spiritual life in every local parish.

An earlier gathering for New England’s Greater Boston and Metro-West areas was hosted by Aram and Becky Hintlian. Future Annual Appeal receptions are scheduled for Michigan (December 7), New Jersey (December 15), and Wisconsin.

“Through these initial receptions, and our mail and online contributors, we’ve already met two thirds of this year’s goal,” said the Rev. Fr. Krikor Sabounjian, who is coordinating this year’s Annual Appeal outreach along with fellow Diocesan Council members Oscar Tatosian and Mona Karoghlanian.

“But we need the help of all the friends and faithful of the Diocese to push the Appeal over the top,” he added.

Attendees at the most recent reception viewed a short video, and listened as Diocesan leaders elaborated on the latest undertakings. Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and members of the Diocesan Council have been on hand at every reception to talk about the activities of the Diocese and new resources under development.

The Annual Appeal is the once-a-year fundraiser that ensures the continuation of the Eastern Diocese’s many ministries. If you are interested in learning more about a reception in your region, contact Fr. Sabounjian at

Even if you are unable to attend, your thoughtful gift brings light to our local churches—advancing Christian education, Armenian language instruction, summer camps, youth programs, mission parish outreach, and the use of new technologies. Follow this link to donate now to the 2017 Annual Appeal.

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