Construction Continues On New Armonk Campus
Construction is progressing on our new Armonk campus, with the building of the Theological Center and Chapel and the renovation of four existing buildings. It is clear we will need these larger facilities (about twice the size of our current New Rochelle campus in square footage) to house the expanded student body and new programs.
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2014 Commencement Exercises
On Friday, May 30, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary celebrated the graduation of Subdeacon Saro Kalayjian, who received a diploma in Armenian Church Studies from St. Nersess, and on the following day, a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary.
The event began with a Vesper 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. Yeghishe Gizirian, spiritual father of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. A message received from Abp. Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese and President of the St. Nersess Board of Directors, was read by Very. Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Diocesan Vicar. Very Rev. Dr. Alexander Rentel represented St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary. Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Professor of Liturgical Studies at St. Nersess, spoke on behalf of the St. Nersess faculty. Other faculty members present were Very Rev. Fr. Mamigon Kiledjian, Rev. Fr. Karekin Kasparian, Rev. Fr. Untzag Nalbandian, Dr. Roberta Ervine and Garen Karamyan. Seminarians Kathryn Ashbahian and Arpi Nakashian spoke in English and Armenian respectively on behalf of the student body, and Subdeacon Saro Kalayjian spoke on the occasion of his graduation.
Other clergy and guests in attendance were Abp. Avak Asadourian, Primate of the Diocese of Iraq and graduate of St. Nersess and St. Vladimir’s Seminaries; Very Rev. Fr. Vazken Karayan; Rev. Fr. Arnak Kasparian; Rev. Fr. Gomidas Zohrabian; Rev. Fr. Bedros Kadehjian; Rev. Fr. Abraham Malkhasyan; Rev. Fr. Sevak Gabrielyan; Rev. Fr. Thomas Garabedian and Rev. Fr. Vertanes and Yn. Anahid Kalayjian, parents of Subdeacon Saro.
Many family and friends of the graduate enjoyed a reception on the seminary grounds and had an opportunity to personally congratulate him on his accomplishment.
2014 Summer Conferences .... FEW SPOTS REMAIN IN POST HIGH!
Space is limited to only 25 participants. Registration can be completed online. Click here to view the brochure. Your space is not confirmed until you receive a letter of acceptance from our office.
High School Summer Conference A: July 14-23
High School Summer Conference B: July 26 - August 4
Post High School Summer Conference: August 6 - 12
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Deacons' Training Program Concludes Successful Session in Jerusalem.
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.
New Training Programs Further Distinguish St. Nersess Seminary
New Rochelle, NY – St. Nersess Armenian Seminary will be offering continuing education programs to clergy serving within our dioceses in the coming months. Beginning this fall, St. Nersess will roll out an Acculturation Program for priests who will be serving in our diocese but are trained abroad. Additional programs that will be offered to parish priests will include: Preaching, Bereavement Counseling, Marriage Counseling, and Parish Administration. The Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean of St. Nersess, presented the new Acculturation Program to members of the St. Nersess Board of Directors in May, where it was received enthusiastically. “When someone asks what St. Nersess offers to our Armenian community, we can now add to our list of degrees, lectures, seminars, deacons’ training, and summer conferences… that person’s parish priest can receive further training on relevant topics,” remarked Fr. Mardiros.
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Seminary Board of Directors Meet
Members of the St. Nersess Board of Directors met on Saturday, May 17, 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.
During the morning meeting, the board reviewed the finances and construction progress of the new St. Nersess campus in Armonk, NY. A lengthy discussion took place on fundraising for the general operations of the seminary, and the status of the New Rochelle property was also reviewed. In his report, Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean, announced that two new students have been accepted and will join the St. Nersess student body for the fall semester, and that there are additional applicants yet to be considered. Fr. Mardiros presented an acculturation program that has been established for new priests from abroad. This program will further prepare clergy in sacramental and pastoral practices, American culture and traditions, ecumenical and inter-church relations, youth ministry, and administrative practices within our diocesan parishes. He also identified new continuing education topics for local clergy that will be offered by St. Nersess in the coming months: Preaching, Bereavement Counseling, Marriage Counseling, and Parish Administration. The budget was also considered and passed for 2014-15.
Two new members were elected to the board: Haig Deranian of Belmont, MA, and Glenn Ajamian of Wyckoff, NJ, who was elected treasurer. The board will gather again in the fall.
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?