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Fall Semester Begins
St. Nersess Armenian Seminary began its fall semester on September 5. "We are happy to welcome back all our students and a new student who will study for service in the Armenian Church," remarked the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean.
New student Armen Terjimanian was born and raised in Troy, MI, a suburb of Detroit, and grew up attending St. John Armenian Church in Southfield, MI. He graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor's degree in Film & Video Studies and Political Science, and Columbia University with a master's degree in Journalism. After graduating from Columbia, he moved to Washington, DC, where he attended St. Mary Armenian Church. He is pursuing the joint Master of Divinity Program at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary and St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.
In addition to Armen, six seminarians are continuing with their studies at St. Nersess this school year. Additionally, Razmig Kalanjian is pursuing his studies at the Seminary of Holy Etchmiadzin. While all the students are engaged in coursework during the academic year, seminarians are also required to spend their summers in educational programs, including: studying at Holy Etchmiadzin or Jerusalem, participating in a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, and working at a Diocesan or AGBU summer camp. Following their graduation, they spend a full year at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to complete their studies.
Summer Conferences and Deacons' Training Program a Success!
This year was no different from previous ones...high school and post high students who attended the St. Nersess Summer Conferences and Deacons' Training Program enhanced their understanding of Armenian Church History and Liturgy and Language. Click for a recap and photos.
Chapel Dome Cross Donated
On July 27, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese and President of the St. Nersess Board of Directors, consecrated the seminary's chapel dome cross. This beautiful Armenian cross was hand sculpted by artist Yossi Vardan, who also donated the cross to St. Nersess Seminary.
Yossi Vardan is an artist who holds a Master's in Decorative and Monumental Art and is working towards his PhD. The Rev. Fr. Garabed Kochakian, retired pastor of St. John Armenian Church of Southfield, MI, helped to make the connection between Yossi and the seminary. St. Nersess is thankful for his cross contribution which adorns the exterior dome of St. Hagop Chapel and is part of the Karekin I Theological Seminary, both donated by Mr. and Mrs. Haig and Elza Didizian.
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
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
Seminarian Orientation Held on Campus
The seminarians and some of the faculty have an annual tradition of a joyful gathering for an orientation retreat at the start of the fall semester. This year the retreat was held September 8-10 and was led by Fr. Yeprem Kelegian, the Spiritual Director, and Dr. Roberta Ervine, Professor of Armenian Studies at St. Nersess.
Through discussion, bible study, and other activities, they discussed "woundedness" and how our wounds become our strength in helping us relate with empathy to others. At the conclusion of the retreat on Sunday, the participants joined Fr. Untzag Nalbandian, pastor of the Holy Ascension Church in Trumbull, CT, where Fr. Daniel Findikyan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon. After the service, the seminarians were presented with lunch and a program that was prepared by the parishioners. During the program, the students were able to introduce themselves and talk about their vocation and how the Lord has led them to St. Nersess.
Worcester Group Tours Seminary
On September 25, eleven members of the Friendship Guild of the Armenian Church of our Saviour and their pastor, Fr. Aved Terzian, traveled from Worcester, MA to St. Nersess to see the new campus.
They were greeted by Fr. Karekin Kasparian and Dn. Levon Altiparmakian, operations manager, who gave them a tour of each building, including the Karekin I Theological Center and St. Hagop Chapel. Afterwards they all enjoyed lunch together before returning by van back to their home parish.
Alumni Corner: Nancy Basmajian, Lay Leader at its Finest
St. Nersess Armenian Seminary not only trains its students for the priesthood but also for lay ministry. The lay leaders who have graduated from the seminary continue to work tirelessly towards solving the issues facing the Armenian Church today on both a diocesan and parish level.
One such example of a lay leader is Nancy Basmajian, who left a career in the mid-70s as an award-winning school teacher in inner city Philadelphia to attend St. Nersess Seminary at the then Primate Archbishop Torkom Manoogian's invitation. She graduated in 1979 with a 3-year Master of Divinity degree, including classwork at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary in New Rochelle, NY and Eastern Baptist Theological School in Philadelphia. <<Read more
Donated Founders Garden Sculpture
When the new seminary campus was consecrated by His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, on November 11, 2016, a beautiful bust of Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan was unveiled in the Founders Garden. Tiran Srpazan was the first Dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and its founder.
The artist behind this sculpture is Yn. Yefkin Megherian, who gifted it in memory of her late husband. "I sculpted the bust of Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan out of my love and respect for a fatherly leader of the Church and donated it to St. Nersess Armenian Theological Seminary in memory of my husband, Fr. Vartan Megherian, his first ordinand in America," commented Yn. Yefkin.
St. Nersess appreciates this original piece of artwork that is admired by all who walk through the Founders Garden. The garden was donated by Dn. Charles and Grace Pinajian.
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
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