Join us on Sunday, November 22, to help celebrate the move of St. Nersess Seminary's beautiful new campus to Armonk, New York. An early evening banquet, honoring the seminary's past and highlighting its promising future, will take place at the elegant Rockleigh Country Club in Northvale, New Jersey. Co-chairing the event will be Nadine Ariyan and Lucie Bandazian. Invitation information and celebratory keepsake booklet forms will be available in the coming weeks. Check back often for details.
Successful Summer Conferences
The St. Nersess Summer Conference Program concluded its final year at its current location in New Rochelle, NY, as the seminary is scheduled to move to its new campus in Armonk, NY, in August. The Deacons' Training Program and High School Session A & B were successful and well attended.
Three Seminarians Graduate
On Friday, May 29, nearly 150 guests including friends, family and clergy celebrated the graduation of Deacon Vahe Bagdasarian, Kathryn Ashbahian, and Arpi Nakashian who received their diplomas from St. Nersess Seminary.
The event began with an Evening Service in the chapel. Following the service, Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Seminary Dean, opened the graduation ceremony by welcoming all who were present. Presiding at the event was Abp. Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese and President of the St. Nersess Board of Directors. Seminarian Levon Asdourian offered words of encouragement to the graduates and reflections as a current seminarian. Following, Garen Karamyan, who spoke on behalf of the St. Nersess faculty, reminded the graduates they have a challenging road ahead but a worthwhile one. In a surprising and touching moment, Rev. Fr. Karekin Kasparian bequeathed a cross of Abp. Tiran Nersoyan, the founder of St. Nersess Seminary, to the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, former student of Abp. Tiran Nersoyan and Prof. of Liturgical Studies at St. Nersess. Fr. Karekin received the cross from Abp. Tiran Nersoyan shortly before his passing and felt it was time to gift it a worthy individual. Then Prof. Mark Movsesian, who represented the St. Nersess Board of Directors, addressed the crowd and said how proud he is of the graduates and how they will serve as leaders of the Armenian Church. Representing St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Prof. Richard Schneider spoke of the longstanding relationship between St. Vladimir’s and St. Nersess. The Rev. Fr. Sarkis Petoyan, who represented the Western Diocese and is a St. Nersess graduate and board of directors member, reminded the graduates that the holy spirit will be with them always, from the tough days of mentoring parishioners who have lost a loved one to celebratory days as well. Read more >> Photos >>
Board Members Meet
Members of the St. Nersess Board of Directors met on Saturday, May 30, for their semi-annual board meeting. The meeting was presided by His Eminence Abp. Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) and President of the St. Nersess Board. Representing the Western Diocese, board member Rev. Fr. Sarkis Petoyan was also in attendance.
Diocesan Assembly Presentation
On May 8, Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean, spoke during annual Diocesan Assembly of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), which was hosted by St. Mary Armenian Church during the National Genocide Centennial in Washington DC. He shared the good news about the seminary's growth and expansion and its relocation to the new campus in early August. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate and President of the St. Nersess Board of Directors, presided over the meetings. Click here to view the handout distributed to the delegates.
Zaven Tachdjian Donates Time and Talent to New St. Nersess Campus
When Zaven Tachdjian saw an opportunity to volunteer his expertise to St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, he jumped at the chance to join the construction team alongside St. Nersess Board Members Kevork Toroyan and Michael Haratunian. Since 2013, when the Site Plan for the future seminary campus in Armonk, NY was approved, Mr. Tachdjian has served as the project’s Design & Construction Coordinator.
However, this isn’t the first time Zaven has helped St. Nersess. In fact, his history with the seminary dates back 33 years when he and his family moved to Westchester County from Beirut, and he joined the St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church in White Plains, NY. There he met the Rev. Fr. Karekin Kasparian, an ardent supporter of and faculty member at the seminary, who helped Zaven to form a relationship with St. Nersess, too. As Chairman of the St. Gregory Parish Council in 2009, Zaven added a $5,000 line item in the church’s budget earmarked for an annual donation to St. Nersess, making St. Gregory Church one of the first to do so. Click here to read more.
Dean Travels to Western Diocese
With the blessing of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese, Fr. Mardiros Chevian traveled to the Bay Area in northern California on March 13-15 and again on April 10-12 to Fresno, CA and the Central Valley to visit the parishes of those regions. Click here to read more.
We are grateful to Haig and Elza Didizian of London, England, who are the primary benefactors of the new seminary project in Armonk, NY. The Didizians have generously donated our new 5.5 acre property and 8,400 sqft the Karekin I Theological Center and Chapel. Click here to view a site plan of the new theological center and chapel.
We are thankful to all our donors who continue to give so generously towards our new campus buildings.
Armonk Campus Update: Relocation Slated For Early August
Since March 2013, our new 5.5 acre campus has been transformed from a beautiful farm property to a state of the art Armenian seminary complex! Completion is nearing on the Single Students Residence and Married Students and Faculty Residences, while construction continues on the Dining Room and Karekin I Theological Center and Chapel. We look forward to moving from New Rochelle to Armonk in early August. Stay tuned for details...
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New Campus Site Plan >>
The Rev. Fr. Tatev Terteryan, a priest from Armenia, resided at St. Nersess from December 2104 - May 2015 as the first clergyman to participate in an acculturation program offered at St. Nersess. This program further prepares Armenian clergy from abroad in pastoral care, American culture and traditions, ecumenical and inter-church relations, youth ministry, and administrative practices of our parishes in the United States. St. Nersess looks forward to welcoming more priests into this program in the future. CLICK HERE to read more...
Single Student Residence Receives Donor
“The Armenian Church keeps the Armenian faith alive,” quietly comments Toros Mangassarian, who recently donated to the new St. Nersess campus in Armonk, NY. His firm belief that St. Nersess Armenian Seminary plays a vital role in educating seminarians who are American born as well as those from abroad prompted his decision to contribute $350,000 towards the new Single Student Residence building.
Mr. Mangassarian first learned of the St. Nersess construction project at the initial fundraising event held at the home of Haig and Nadine Ariyan in June 2013. Through his long term friendship with Haig Ariyan, a St. Nersess Board Member, and Zaven Tachdjian, the project’s Design & Construction Coordinator, Toros’ connection to St. Nersess flourished. “Toros' support and outstanding generosity towards the St. Nersess mission comes as no surprise to me. I have had the privilege of his friendship for many years and he has often told me of his firm belief that Armenian identity and perseverance is in many ways owed to our church,” commented Haig Ariyan. Click here to read more.
A New Era for the St. Nersess Library
For 17 years, Aida Pisani worked at a private K-8 school in Manhattan as its head librarian after earning a master’s degree in library science and working in a college administration job. Now retired, she is putting her skills to use once again, but this time at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary as the new librarian of the Abp. Tiran Nersoyan Library. Volunteering 10-20 hours a week, Mrs. Pisani began to catalog the St. Nersess collection of books in March of 2014 with the help of eight volunteers. Before she began, Aida was volunteering her time at the St. Gregory Armenian Church’s library in White Plains where Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean, approached her to see if she could help out at St. Nersess. Fr. Mardiros knew he needed an expert who could organize and catalog the library books, which will be critical to the library when it is housed in the new Karekin I Theological Center and Chapel on the future St. Nersess campus in Armonk, NY. “It has become a tremendous undertaking, cataloging each book one at a time,” stated Aida. “So far we have cataloged about 4,000 books in about ten months, and there are plenty more to sift through. I try to focus on one shelf at a time, as it’s the only way to handle the enormous collection of books. Otherwise it becomes an overwhelming endeavor,” says Mrs. Pisani. Click here to read more.
To access the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) for the Abp. Tiran Nersoyan Library, click here.
Have You Left Your Legacy?
St. Nersess is pleased to present its fundraising brochure, LEGACY. This informational piece explains the seminary’s expansion of mission through the construction of a new Theological Center and Chapel and the renovation of four existing buildings on its new Armonk campus. We are so thankful to those who have contributed to our new campus. Won't you consider making a donation to help secure the future of St. Nersess?