Seminarians meet with Primate of Eastern Diocese
At the invitation of His Eminence Abp. Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, the seminarians met with him at the Diocesan Headquarters on October 7. During the meeting, they discussed how each person is doing in his or her studies and what they have gained thus far from their experience at St. Nersess. A common remark was how important it is for the seminarians to learn from one another during their time together. The Primate added that he is fully supportive of them in their respective vocations and concluded that he is always available to them.
Student Body Grows
St. Nersess welcomed three new seminarians to its student body on September 1, bringing its total to ten seminarians (nine full-time and one part-time). “It is exciting to begin our new school year with ten students,” remarked Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Seminary Dean. “To help them get better acquainted with each other and with St. Nersess, all the students enjoyed an orientation retreat at the Ararat Center led by the Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian,” he added.
New seminarian Dn. Ivan Gyadayan was born in Armenia and is a graduate of the Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. He is enrolled in the joint Master of Divinity Program at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. Lazarus Kevorkian was born in Jerusalem and is a graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Lazarus is also pursuing the Master of Divinity degree. The third new student is Harry Kezelian. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Michigan Law School, and will concentrate on Armenian studies (language, music, liturgics).
The remaining seminarians who are continuing their studies from last year, are: Dn. Vahe Bagdasarian, Dn. Narek Garabedian, Levon Asdourian, Kathryn Ashbahian, Edgar Gevorgyan, Arpi Nakashian, and Eric Vozzy, a part-time student. Eric is now working at the Eastern Diocese's Department of Christian Education. Subdeacon Saro Kalayjian graduated in May 2014 and is now interning at St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, NJ.
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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Jerusalem Students Attend Summer Conferences for 9th Successful Year
On the lovely grounds and in the serene atmosphere of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, two bright and enthusiastic 16-year old students from the Sts. Tarkmanchatz School of Jerusalem’s Armenian Patriarchate took part in the annual summer conferences.
“Our two weeks here has been a deeply enriching experience,” said Nanar Nakashian, and Dikran Enoyan, speaking almost simultaneously. “We made friends and bonded with the 36 other students. They believe the same as I do,” says Nanar. “We made friends quickly. We related to each other quickly,” adds Dikran.
This is the ninth year that this unique program has been in successful operation. It was created, and continues to be organized by Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, to enable promising students from Sts. Tarkmanchatz to enhance their spiritual life and knowledge, and meet their counterparts in America.
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Deacons' Training Program in Jerusalem
Thirteen altar servers returned from a two week Deacons' Training Program in Jerusalem on July 7. Representing 10 parishes from ours dioceses, the young men age 18 and over participated in the first-ever St. Nersess conference in the Holy Land. Under the leadership of Fr. Daniel Findikyan and Fr. Daniel Karadjian, the participants were the personal guests of His Beatitude Abp. Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, where they lived in the Armenian monastery. The program was subsidized through a generous gift from Dr. and Mrs. Garo and Cece Garibian of Philadelphia in memory of Abp. Torkom Manoogian, former Patriarch of Jerusalem and former Primate of the Eastern Diocese.
During their two weeks in the Holy Land, the young men participated in daily worship with the clergy and seminarians of the Patriarchate. They also assisted at Divine Liturgies celebrated at the tomb of Christ in the Holy Sepulchre, the tomb of Mary in the Garden of Gethsemane, the birthplace of Jesus in Bethlehem, the altar of the apostle James of Zebedee within the magnificent Armenian Church of Saints James, and the Holy Archangels Church deep in the Armenian Quarter.
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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.
Seminary Board of Directors Meeting
Members of the St. Nersess Board of Directors met on Saturday, September 27, 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 of Directors.
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 three new students have joined the St. Nersess student body for the 2014-15 academic year.
In addition, three new members were elected to the board: Laurie Onanian (RI), Richard Papalian (CT) and Oscar Tatosian (IL). We thank our outgoing board members, Stephen Mekenian, Dr. Raffy Hovanessian, and Andy Ouzoonian who have faithfully completed their service to St. Nersess. The board will gather again in the spring.
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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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?
2014 Summer Conferences
Click here to view photos from the St. Nersess Summer Conferences!