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Fall Semester Begins
The 2017-18 school year began on September 5 at St. Nersess Seminary, with classes commencing at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Theological Seminary the week of August 28.
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
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