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TOP STORY                                                         July 14, 2016

Summer Camp

Primate Visits St. Vartan Camp  

St. Vartan Camp began its camp season in late June at the Ararat Center in upstate New York. Campers have been active in sports and swimming, as well as daily classes in religion, arts and crafts, culture and Armenian language.  
This week campers enrolled in “Session B” welcomed Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian. Visiting the camp on Tuesday, July 12, Archbishop Barsamian spoke with campers about Pope Francis’s visit to Armenia this summer. He also joined the young people for lunch and observed afternoon classes. 
Space is still available for “Session C” of St. Vartan Camp. Visit to learn more, and click here to view photo highlights from each session.
Hye Camp will kick off later this month at Camp Hickory in Ingleside, IL. The camp program is expecting record-breaking numbers, and registration is closed at this time.

Scripture of the Week

Is 5:1-10
1 Cor 6:18-7:11
Mt 19:3-12

Prayer of the Week

Heavenly King, grant me your kingdom which you promised to your beloved, and strengthen my heart to hate sin and to love you only and to do your will. Have mercy upon your creatures, and upon me, a great sinner. Amen.

Upcoming Saints & Feasts

16 July: Sons and grandsons of St. Gregory the Enlightener

18 July: Sts. Maccabees: Eleazar the priest, Samona and her seven sons 



U.S. to Offer Aid to Armenia for Syrian Refugee Crisis

The Armenian Assembly of America reported this week that the U.S. House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that allocates assistance to Armenia, to help support our homeland’s efforts with housing refugees from Syria. According to the bill, funds "shall be made available for programs in countries affected by significant populations of internally displaced persons or refugees."
"As Congress finalizes the House and Senate Appropriations Bills, the Armenian Assembly will continue to push for additional assistance to help Armenia cope with the influx of refugees fleeing from violence in Syria, as well as for much needed humanitarian assistance to help Nagorno-Karabagh rebuild after the April war launched by Azerbaijan," said Bryan Ardouny, the executive director of the Armenian Assembly of America.
Click here to read more on the Armenian Assembly’s website.


AGBU Interns at the Diocesan Center

AGBU Summer Interns Visit Diocesan Center

Participants in the AGBU New York Summer Internship Program visited the Diocesan Center on Wednesday evening, July 13, where they received a tour of St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral and enjoyed dinner with Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian.

The young people were greeted on the plaza of St. Vartan Cathedral by the Very Rev. Fr. Mamigon Kiledjian, dean of St. Vartan Cathedral; Dn. Aram Kaberjian; and Eric Vozzy of the Diocese’s Christian Education department. Dn. Kaberjian led them on a tour of the cathedral and answered questions about its history and architecture.

Later in the evening, the interns enjoyed dinner and conversation with Archbishop Barsamian, who spoke to the group about the recent visit of Pope Francis to Armenia and the broader themes of preserving their Armenian Christian identity and remaining involved in the life of the Armenian Church. He noted that the Holy Martyrs of the Armenian Genocide lived the Gospel of Christ, and that it is the new generation’s responsibility to carry forward their legacy. Interns had the opportunity to ask questions.



Two Deacons to be Ordained as Priests

The Eastern Diocese will be blessed by two priestly ordinations this month.
Deacon Vahe Bagdasarian and Deacon Saro Kalayjian will be ordained together by the hand of Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, in services on Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24.
The Saturday evening Service of Calling will take place at St. Leon Church in Fair Lawn, NJ. On Sunday morning, the Divine Liturgy and Ordinations will take place at St. Vartan Cathedral in New York City.
Our faithful are encouraged to attend these spiritually uplifting events. Click here to download a flyer with information on the services.
Also, please note that reservations are being accepted for a celebratory banquet that will follow the ordinations on Sunday, July 24. Click here for details about reserving a place at the Sunday banquet.
Provisions are being made for a livestream broadcast of the Sunday ordination service, so that people beyond the New York-New Jersey region can share in this stirring event. Details on that broadcast will follow shortly.
Fr. Mardiros Chevian and Mr. Krikor Kucukyan will serve as the sponsoring priest and godfather for Dn. Vahe. For Dn. Saro, those roles will be taken up by Fr. Vasken Kouzouian and Dr. Zaven Kalayjian.
Following their ordinations, both new priests will spend their 40-day seclusion period at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, in Armonk, NY. Subsequently, they will go to their new assignments as parish pastors. Fr. Bagdasarian will serve as pastor of the Soorp Haroutiun Church in Orlando, FL, effective September 1. Fr. Kalayjian will serve as pastor of the St. Mesrob Church in Racine, WI, where he has been serving as deacon-in-charge since July 1.
May our Lord bless Dn. Vahe and Dn. Saro, as they take up his ministry among our people.

Dr. Anna Poladyan in her lab in Armenia.

Scientist from Armenia Wins International Award  

A recipient of the Armenian National Science and Educational Foundation (ANSEF) grant, administered by the Fund for Armenian Relief (FAR), was recently recognized for her work by the American Society for Microbiology.
According to FAR, Dr. Anna Poladyan, who chairs the Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Biotechnology department at Yerevan State University, was named “the most active woman scientist in Eurasia and Eastern Europe,” and invited to participate in the American Society for Microbiology’s annual conference in Boston last month.
Dr. Poladyan received ANSEF grants in 2005 and 2013 for her work on intestinal bacteria. Through ANSEF, grants are awarded to small teams of scientists and scholars to implement projects in physics, natural sciences, engineering, and the humanities, encouraging them to stay and work in their native Armenia and contribute to its social and economic growth. 
Click here to read more on FAR’s blog.


Hye Pointe Armenian Church

Hye Pointe Church Prepares for Celebratory Outdoor Badarak

The Armenian Church at Hye Pointe is preparing to welcome Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian for the celebration of a special outdoor Divine Liturgy on Sunday, July 31. The day will bring together parishioners to mark the start of the construction of the community’s new church and cultural center.
The Divine Liturgy is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the site of Hye Pointe Church’s future home (1280 Boston Road, Bradford, MA). A time capsule will be buried on this special occasion. Click here to view a flyer for details.


ASP 2016

St. Nersess Seminary Holds Deacons' Training Program

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary held its Deacons' Training Program from June 25 to July 3 at its campus in Armonk, NY. The program was led by the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, with Dn. Ari Terjanian serving as assistant director.
A group of 23 young men learned the music and rituals of the Divine Liturgy and other services of the Armenian Church. Other clergy and deacons assisting with the program included the Rev. Fr. Daniel Karadjian, Rev. Fr. Tateos Abdalian, and Dn. Narek Garabedian.
Click here to read more on the seminary’s website.


Mixer on the Plaza

An Evening on the Plaza of St. Vartan Cathedral

St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral will host a “mixer” on the plaza on Thursday, July 21, beginning at 6 p.m. Enjoy Armenian music while networking and socializing with friends and fellow young professionals. Click here to view a flyer for information.