First Continuing Education Workshop Held at St. Nersess Seminary
A Parish Management Workshop, co-sponsored by St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) was held June 5 – 7 at the seminary in Armonk, New York. This workshop was presented as part of a series of continuing education programs which St. Nersess will offer to parish priests.
The workshop was taught by four faculty members from the Villanova University School of Business (VSB) through its internationally recognized Center for Church Management and Business Ethics. The first of its kind in the nation, the center provides faith-based managerial education to church leaders to help in their parish administration and approach to temporal issues. <<MORE
Board of Directors Meet
Members of the St. Nersess Board of Directors met on Saturday, May 20, in Armonk, NY, 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 of the seminary, its fundraising objectives, and facilities updates. In his report, Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean, announced that seminarian Levon Asdourian would be graduating from St. Vladimir’s later that day and that he and two part-time students, Dn. Eric Vozzy and Dr. Andre Markarian, would be receiving their diplomas from St. Nersess in the evening. He also discussed the summer activities of the seminarians, including four students who will be completing their Clinical Pastoral Education requirement, and the applications received for the 2017-18 academic school year. Fr. Mardiros reviewed the eight parish visits and presentations he made during the 2016-17 academic year, and the June Clergy Continuing Education workshop to be held at the seminary and presented by Villanova University.
Two new members were elected to board. We congratulate Haig Nalbantian of New York and Gregory Melconian of New Jersey on their new positions. The board will gather again in the fall.
Leadership Giving Circle
Guardian and Shepherd Program
Join our Leadership Circle of alumni, parents and friends who want the best for St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and the future of the Armenian Church in America. As a leader, we appreciate how you help to motivate others, supply wisdom and experience, and provide the seminary with important financial support. Your moral and financial leadership empowers us to continue to strengthen our rich tradition of educating, engaging, and preparing leaders for service in the Armenian Church. <<LEARN MORE <<DONATE
Planned Giving Society: Wills & Bequests
A gift in a Will is a final act of love. For many, a Will expresses love not only for family and friends but also for the charity that matters most to us, whose missions we support while we are alive. The St. Nersess Planned Giving Society supports St. Nersess Seminary in its mission to prepare priests and lay leaders for service in the Armenian Church in North America. The Society was established to recognize individuals and families who choose to provide for the future of the Seminary by including St. Nersess in their estate plans.
You can become a member of the St. Nersess Planned Giving Society by making a planned gift and by notifying St. Nersess Seminary of that gift. Planned gifts include bequest intentions through wills and living or testamentary trusts, beneficiary designations on retirement plan assets and life insurance, and life income arrangements such as gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. There is no minimum gift requirement for membership to the Society, just complete the form to register your membership. >>MORE
Three Students Graduate from St. Nersess
On Saturday, May 20, Dn. Levon Asdourian, Dr. Andre Markarian, and Dn. Eric Vozzy graduated from St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. 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, presided at the graduation. <<MORE
Fr. Arten Ashjian Remembered
On May 13, St. Nersess remembered the Rev. Fr. Arten Ashjian on the one year anniversary of his death with a grave blessing performed by the V. Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian, Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean, and the St. Nersess Seminarians. Also participating was the Rev. Fr. Arsen Mirzoyan, a visiting priest from Holy Etchmiadzin.
Fr. Arten was one of the senior most clergyman of the Armenian Church. He was a former St. Nersess board member and a long time faculty member at the seminary. Fr. Arten was the sponsoring priest for Fr. Mardiros' ordination into the priesthood.
St. Nersess Presents at the Diocesan Assembly
On Friday, May 5, Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean, presented at three breakout sessions during the 115th Diocesan Assembly of the Eastern Diocese in Tampa, FL. His PowerPoint presentation highlighted the consecration of the seminary in November 2016, the upcoming Day of Faith, Hope, Love and Service -- graduation, Badarak and diaconate ordination, consecration of baptismal font, and reception -- on May 20, the popular Summer Conferences and Deacons' Training Program, and a continuing education seminar for parish priests to be held on the St. Nersess campus in June, directed by faculty from Villanova University. He also discussed the seminary's academic program, its relationship with two of the hierarchical sees, Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and fundraising opportunities to financially support the seminary.
Western Diocese Parishioners Visit Seminary
Parishioners from St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church of Pasadena, CA visited St. Nersess Armenian Seminary on April 26, as part of a pilgrimage to New York City. The group was led by its pastor and graduate of St. Nersess, the Rev. Fr. Sarkis Petoyan. This was not the first time St. Gregory parishioners have visited St. Nersess, but it was their first trip to the new campus in Armonk, NY. The parishioners enjoyed a tour of the campus, led by the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, seminary dean, after which everyone enjoyed refreshments before attending the Vespers service.
Perfect Gift for Altar Servers!
Archbishop Avak Asadourian, the Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Iraq, and a graduate of St. Nersess Seminary, 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 (Holy Thursday Badarak and Washing of the Feet). Books are $35 each plus postage with quantity discounts available (5+). Books may be ordered by contacting the seminary at 914-273-0200 or email.
Historic Day at St. Nersess Seminary
Many thanks to those who joined us on Saturday, November 12, for the Official Opening of our new Campus, which will always be remembered as a historic day at St. Nersess Seminary.
In the presence of more than 500 friends, donors, clergy, and dignitaries, we were honored that His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, presided over this ceremonious occasion and the consecration of St. Hagop Chapel, assisted by the Primates of the Eastern and Western Dioceses, His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. Also present for this special day were Mr. and Mrs. Haig and Elza Didizian, whose generous gift enabled St. Nersess to purchase the land for the new campus as well as build the Karekin I Theological Center, which was also blessed by His Holiness.
We thank the Building, Room, and Garden Donors, as well as all the Legacy Donors, who together made this new campus possible. Numerous ribbon cuttings were performed throughout the campus to highlight each room, building and garden donated. We also thank the organizing committee and the more than 50 volunteers who worked throughout the day to ensure a successful event. At the conclusion of the program, everyone enjoyed a bountiful reception and fellowship. <<MORE