Eastern Diocesan Council heading to Armenia

Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016
Contact: Jake Goshert, Coordinator of Information Services
Tel: (212) 686-0710 Ext. 60; Fax: (212) 779-3558
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June 4, 2004


Last year, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of
All Armenians, invited diocesan councils throughout the world to hold
meetings at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

The Catholicos, during a visit to New York in the fall, personally
extended his invitation to the Diocesan Council of the Diocese of the
Armenian Church of America (Eastern).

Responding to that invitation, the Council members decided to go to
Armenia at the end of October — at their own expense — to hold their
regular business meeting and have an audience with the Catholicos and
other church leaders.

“What we’re trying to do is really create a closer partnership between
the Diocese and the Mother See, between this council and the Vehapar,”
said Diocesan Council Chairman Haig Dadourian. “We felt the best way to
do that is through physical closeness, and sharing of each other’s goals
and concerns.”

Most of the council members have been to Armenia, but a couple have yet
to visit. Dadourian said another benefit of the meeting is for those
who will be seeing their homeland for the first time make the journey.

“Going to Armenia makes a very lasting impression,” Dadourian said. “I
don’t want to get so dramatic as to say you’re never the same; but it
does make a lasting, positive impression.”

Along with attending a couple of days worth of meetings at Etchmiadzin,
the council members will also tour Armenia, and visit sites run by the
Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR) — the Diocesan-affiliated international
humanitarian aid organization. They will also tour some orphanages and
meet with children helped by the Children of Armenia Sponsorship Program
(CASP), run by the Diocesan Women’s Guild.

“It’s important that the leadership of the Armenian Church throughout
the Diaspora go and visit the Mother See, which has been the center of
our Christian faith for more than 1,700 years,” Archbishop Khajag
Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, said. “They should pray in
the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin, visit historic sites, and see
the development of the independent Republic of Armenia. It’s important
for every Armenian to go, especially those Armenians in leadership

— 6/4/04

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From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress


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