News from Canadian Diocese

Armenian Holy Apostolic Church Canadian Diocese
Contact; Deacon Hagop Arslanian, Assistant to the Primate
615 Stuart Avenue, Outremont Quebec H2V 3H2
Tel; 514-276-9479, Fax; 514-276-9960
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The Schedule of His Eminence Bishop Bagrat Galstanian

We hereby present to Clergy and faithful of the Armenian Church of Canada the
schedule of His Eminence Bishop Bagrat Galstanian for the month of May

May 9, Sunday Laval Holy Cross Church
AGBU Montreal, Mother’s Day celebration

May 11-14, Toronto, Holy Trinity Armenian Church

May 12-13, Wednesday Thursday
60th Anniversary of the establishment of Canadian Council of Churches. The
Primate will participate in the Opening Ceremony, Faith and Witness Commission’s
session celebration’s service.

May 15, Saturday Montreal Diocese, Honoring the Babayan Foundation and the
Benefactors of the Diocese.

May 16, Sunday Montreal St Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral

May 18, Tuesday Toronto
Meeting with Archbishop Terrence Finley of the Anglican Church in Toronto

May 19, Wednesday Diocesan Camp committee meeting

May 20, Thursday The Assumption of our Lord -“Hampartsoum”- St Gregory the
Illuminator Cathedral.

22 May-June 3 Vancouver
May 25, Meeting with the Mayor of Vancouver
May 27, Thursday Clergy Conference
28-30 21st Diocesan Annual Assembly

June 2 “Louys” Armenian Choir concert in Vancouver with the participation of
Vancouver Symphony Orchestra organized by Diocesan Can-Armenian Association
for the Performing Arts Vancouver’s Chapter

Bishop Bagrat Galstanian’s meeting with His Eminence Jean Claude Cardinal

On May 3, 2004 His Eminence Bishop Bagrat Galstanian, Primate of the Armenian
Church Canadian Diocese made a courtesy visit to the leader of Roman Catholic
Church of Montreal His Eminence Jean Claude Cardinal Turcotte. The meeting
was held at the Roman Catholic Archdiocesan Headquarters in Montreal.
Accompanying the Primate were representatives of Montreal Armenian Community Me. Vartan
Dellekian, Mr. Jack Seraydarian, Mr. Viken Darakjian as well as Very Rev Fr
Ararat Kaltakjian, Vicar General and Deacon Hagop Arslanian, Assistant to the
His Eminence Bishop Galstanian thanked Cardinal Turcotte for sending his
personal representative to participate in Martyrs’ Prayer and Ecumenical Service
ceremony that was held on the 23rd of April 2004.

Discussions were focused on the relationship between Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Montreal and Armenian Church Canadian Diocese, perspectives on future
Ecumenical Relations in Greater Montreal area as well as the role and the
mission of Christian Churches in Canadian society. The two leaders agreed upon
supporting interchurch and interfaith activities so that the presence and unity of
Christians would be visible and fruitful.

Annual Meeting of Children’s Fund for Armenia, Montreal Chapter

The Annual meeting of Children’s Fund for Armenia Montreal Chapter took place
in the Diocesan headquarters, 615 Stuart, during which the report of the
Director and the activities of the last year were the focus of discussions.

Very Rev Fr Ararat Kaltakjian, Vicar General and Director of Armenia Projects
presented the annual Report of Activities which highly appreciated by the
members of CFFA executive and the sponsors. The Diocese of the Armenian Church of
Canada sponsors around 1000 (one thousand) Armenian orphans in motherland,
Armenia. Currently the Director of this project is Very Reverend Father Ararat
Kaltakjian. Following the meeting a new executive was elected.

His Eminence Bishop Bagrat galstanian, President
Very Rev Father Ararat kaltakjian, Director
Mr. Garbis Aposhian, Chairman
Ms Varsenik Nazoyan, Vice Chairman
Mrs. Anahid Demirodgen, Secretary
Ms Hasmig Keropian, Vice Secretary
Mrs. Imasdouhi Nigoghossian, Treasurer
Ms Karmen Mousakhanian, Accountant
Ms Hilda Tursucuyan, Advisor
Mrs. Veron Surmenian, Public Relation

Celebration of Holy Badarak in Windsor

On Saturday, May 1, 2004 Bishop Bagrat Galstanian accompanied by Rev Fr
Hayrig Hovhannissian visited Holy Resurrection Armenia Church of Windsor, Ontario.
Members of the Parish Council welcomed His Eminence Bishop Galstanian and
Reverend Father Hayrig Hovhannissian. During a cordial meeting with parish council
members and representatives of Windsor Armenian Community, Bishop Galstanian
presented his perspectives to reorganize the social and spiritual life of the
Armenian community of Windsor.

The next day, May 2, 2004 His Eminence Bishop Galstanian celebrated Divine
Liturgy. Parish Council members and faithful attended the Divine Liturgy. On
this occasion, the Message of Commendation of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme
Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenian, addressed to Mr. Herman Khentirian and
his family members was delivered.

Following the Divine Liturgy a reception in honor of Bishop Galstanian was

Reception in honor of the members of Children’s Choir

On Tuesday May 5, 2004 His Eminence Bishop Bagrat Galstanian hosted a
reception in honor of the members of the Children’s Choir of St Gregory the
Illuminator Armenian Cathedral. The children of the Choir and their parents as well as
members of the executive committee and Rev Fr Vazgen Boyajyan, Pastor of St
Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Cathedral were present.

Rev Fr Vazgen Boyajyan thanked Bishop Galstanian for the initiative. His
Emnence Bishop Galstanian, Primate expressed his joy on the occasion of the
establishment of the Children’s Choir and promised to fully support this mission in
every way possible.

Divan of the Diocese

Emil Lazarian

“I should like to see any power of the world destroy this race, this small tribe of unimportant people, whose wars have all been fought and lost, whose structures have crumbled, literature is unread, music is unheard, and prayers are no more answered. Go ahead, destroy Armenia . See if you can do it. Send them into the desert without bread or water. Burn their homes and churches. Then see if they will not laugh, sing and pray again. For when two of them meet anywhere in the world, see if they will not create a New Armenia.” - WS