St. Nersess Seminary enjoyed a visit from its most senior alumnus in the Armenian Church hierarchy, Archbishop Avak Assadourian, Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Iraq. Avak Srpazan graduated from St. Nersess in 1978. He spent the last few days of a summer visit to the United States at the Seminary, from August 4-6. Srpazan spent time with the Dean, Fr. Daniel Findikyan; the Director of Youth and Vocations, Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian, and mingled with teenage particpants of the High School Summer Conference "C" that was taking place at the time.
During his St. Nersess stay, Srpazan also enjoyed visits by former Seminary classmates, clergy and friends: Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Fr. Krikor Sabounjian, and Fr. Karekin Kasparian.
Avak Srpazan has served as Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Iraq for nearly 30 years. During the recent war years, he has shepherded the Armenian people of Iraq with valor and compassion.
Despite the precarious situation and the large number of Armenians who have fled the country, Abp. Assadourian has been able to preserve an active church life within his Diocese. Recently he even consecrated a new church in northern Iraq and ordained two new priests for the Diocese.