St. Nersess Seminarians Participate in National Council of Churches Annual Assembly
For the first time, St. Nersess Seminary was invited to send representatives to the Christian Unity Gathering, the annual assembly of the National Council of Churches of Christ (NCC). Held November 8-10 in Silver Spring, MD, two seminarians – Dn. Albert Hambardzumyan and Dn. Michael Sabounjian – attended the conference with Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Ecumenical Director and Diocesan Legate of the Eastern Diocese and long-time member of the NCC. Yn. Arpi Kouzouian and Mr. Raffi Balian also attended.
This year's theme was “Resilience, Resistance, and Persistence," with 38-member communions of the Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox, Evangelical, historic African-American, and Living Peace traditions represented. The seminarians attended seminars and workshops during the course of the three days. One of the presentations was the Middle East Situation Report, where the NCC Middle East Delegation – including Abp. Vicken Aykazian – shared their experience of traveling to Iraq in January 2017.
The seminarians also had an opportunity to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC, a new Smithsonian Museum that opened in September 2016. “Attending the 2017 Christian Unity Gathering was a valuable experience in creating dialogue with Christian denominations of diverse backgrounds,” commented Dn. Michael Sabounjian. Dn. Albert Hambardzumyan added, “Coming together for a common cause was insightful, and interacting with seminarians from other seminaries was helpful.”
Dean and Seminarians Visit Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Church
Over the weekend of October 28-29, the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, and four seminarians traveled to Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church in Providence, Rhode Island. On Saturday, an ACYOA Jr. retreat was led by seminarians Dn. Michael Sabounjian, Dn. Albert Hambardzumyan, Tim Aznavourian, and Johnny Chadoyan. The theme was “Translating the Gospel for the 21st Century”, which touched on the Feast of the Holy Translators. Following the retreat, the seminarians met with the ACYOA Srs in the evening over dinner.
On Sunday, Fr. Mardiros celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the day's homily, assisted by Dn. Albert, Tim and Johnny on the altar. Dn. Michael supported the Sunday School and spent time with the students. Following the service, Fr. Mardiros gave an informative presentation about the seminary and showed the video, Vision of Grace. Seminarian Tim Aznavourian then spoke about growing up in the Providence parish and how he was inspired to attend St. Nersess. The program was concluded with Dn. Albert singing an Armenian liturgical hymn.
St. Vladimir's Director Visits St. Nersess
The Very Rev. Fr. Alexander Rentel, Director of the Master of Divinity Program at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary, visited St. Nersess on October 23. He attended vespers, enjoyed dinner, fellowship and a discussion with the seminarians. One of the topics discussed was next year's 50th anniversary of the establishment of the joint Master of Divinity program between St. Nersess and St. Vladimir's. A commemoration event will be organized by the Alumni Association of both schools to celebrate this milestone. The new chairperson of the St. Nersess Alumni Association is Arpi Nakashian, who graduated from St. Nersess in 2015.
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
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2018 ST. NERSESS SUMMER CONFERENCE DATES
Deacons' Training Program - Thursday, June 28 - Saturday, July 7
High School Summer Conference - Friday, July 20 - Sunday, July 29
Post High School Conference - Friday, August 3 - Sunday, August 12
Book Your 2018 Diocesan Pilgrimage to Jerusalem During Holy Week and Easter, April 3-14, 2018
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Used Car Needed at Seminary
St. Nersess is looking for a used car to meet its transportation needs. In February, a car lease will expire and to cut costs another car will not be leased.
If you or someone you know has a car in good working condition, the seminary will gladly accept your donation! A letter will be provided for tax purposes.
The Festal Works of St. Gregory of Narek
This is the first translation in any language of the surviving corpus of the festal works of St. Gregory of Narek, a tenth-century Armenian mystic theologian and poet par excellence (d. 1003). Composed as liturgical works for the various Dominical and related feasts, these poetic writings are literary masterpieces in both lyrical verse and narrative. Unlike Gregory's better-known penitential prayers, these show a jubilant author in a celebratory mood.
Dr. Abraham Terian Emeritus Professor of Armenian Theology and Patristics at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. A recipient of the Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities award and Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia, he has extensive publications in the fields of Hellenistic, early Christian, and Armenian religious literature.
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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.
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