St. Nersess Gala
November 22 will long be remembered as a joyous evening in celebration of St. Nersess, its grand benefactors Haig & Elza Didizian, and all those who have supported the seminary. We thank everyone who traveled from both near and far to attend the celebratory banquet and who donated towards the booklet. Photos will be posted soon.
Click here to view the inspiring video that was shown during the banquet: Vision of Grace: The Legacy and Future of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.
Fall Semester Brings Four More Students to Seminary
St. Nersess Armenian Seminary accepted four new students for the fall semester, including three full time and one part time student. "We are happy to welcome four new students who will study for service in the Armenian Church,” remarked the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean. These new students will be the first to study at the seminary’s new campus in Armonk, New York and to benefit from the expanded living and learning facilities there.
New student Deacon Alexander Calikyan, who was born in New York and served at the Armenian Church of Holy Martyrs in Bayside, recently graduated from Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy. The second new student, Deacon Michael Sabounjian, son of the Rev. Fr. Krikor Sabounjian who himself is a graduate of St. Nersess Seminary, is from Massachusetts, where he grew up in his home parish of the Armenian Church of the Holy Translators. He recently graduated from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Minor in Music and French. The third new seminarian is Subdeacon Samuel DeBlois from Massachusetts, who grew up attending Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church in Providence, Rhode Island. He recently received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
All three students are enrolled in the joint Master of Divinity Program at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. In addition to the courses they will take during the academic year, the students will be required to spend their summer months in educational programs. These include studying at one of the hierarchal sees for a summer, participating in a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program during another summer, and working at an Armenian Church or AGBU summer camp for the final summer. Following their graduation, they will spend a full year at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to complete their studies.
Deacon Gary D. Alexander, the fourth new student, will be working towards his diploma in Armenian Studies on a part-time basis as he continues his employment as the founder and chief operating officer of Velum Health, a health care management company. He will travel to the seminary on a monthly basis, participate in other classes by skype, and study Classical Armenian under the V. Rev. Fr. Krikor Maksoudian in Boston, MA. Dn. Gary has already received his Master of Divinity degree from Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA and has completed his CPE requirement.
Recent graduate Dn. Vahe Bagdasarian is interning at St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, NJ, while graduates Kathryn Ashbahian and Arpi Nakashian will be working at the Eastern Diocese this fall. As the only Armenian seminary in the western world, St. Nersess is committed to preparing priests and lay leaders for the Armenian Church in North America.
The Move to Armonk
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! Before our seminarians moved into the Single Students and Married Students Residences, the road was paved for their arrival. Construction continues on the chapel and Karekin I Theological Center.
Construction Photos >>
New Campus Site Plan >>
Successful Summer Conferences
The St. Nersess Summer Conferences 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 Summer Conference A and B were successful and well attended. Click here to read more.
2016 Summer Conference Dates Announced!
Be sure to include St. Nersess in your summer plans.
Deacons' Training Program
Saturday, June 25 - Sunday, July 3
High School Session A
Friday, July 15 - Sunday, July 24
High School Session B
Friday, July 29 - Sunday, August 7
Post High School
Tuesday, August 9 - Saturday, August 13
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 chapel and the Karekin I Theological Center. Click here to view a site plan of the new theological center and chapel. They were honored at a special banquet on November 22 at the Rockleigh Country Club in NJ.
We are thankful to all our donors who continue to give so generously towards our new campus buildings.
New Holy Week Book Available
Archbishop Avak Asadourian, the Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Iraq, and a graduate of St. Nersess Seminary, has published a revised edition of the Service Book for Holy Week. It is written in classical Armenian, with scripture readings in both classical and modern western Armenian, including Palm Sunday (Opening of the Doors) and Avak Thursday (Communion and Washing of the Feet). Books are $35 each with quantity discounts available. Books may be ordered by contacting the seminary at 914-273-0200 or email.
Acculturation Program Continues
The Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan, from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, participated in an abbreviated Acculturation Program on August 24. 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...
Seminarians Study and Minister During Summer Months
The St. Nersess seminarians were busy during the summer months with their studies or activities. Seminarian Levon Asdourian spent the summer in Armenia studying at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, with the blessing of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. He further strengthened his command of modern and classical Armenian language and literature. Dn. Narek Garabedian completed his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. The program provided an opportunity to minister to patients and their family members and gaining skills in pastoral practice. Seminarian Edgar Gevorgyan spent his time writing his Master's thesis on St. Gregory of Nyssa while Eric Vozzy continues to work at the Department of Christian Education at the Eastern Diocese.
Recent graduate Dn. Vahe Bagdasarian completed his Clinical Pastoral Education in New Jersey at Palisades Medical Center and will begin his internship at St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, NJ. Graduate Kathryn Ashbahian served as an instructor at High School Summer Conference B, and will begin serving at the Eastern Diocese in the fall in the Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Graduate Arpi Nakashian will return from Jerusalem this fall and begin work at the Diocesan Department of Christian Education.
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. Read more >> Photos >>
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?