High School Summer Conference August 8-14, 2021
St. Nersess will be offering an in-person session this August. A selection process will be in place to allow for a limited number of participants to comply with COVID-19 restrictions. Masks will be required and precautions will be taken.
This conference helps high school students to explore their faith and the heritage of the Armenian Church. Clergy and lay leaders instruct the participants in the fundamentals of the Armenian Church’s faith and traditions and encourage frank discussions about current issues facing young adults. Inspiring daily worship and meditations, bible study, and lectures are balanced with sports and recreation and other activities that add to a well-rounded experience. High school students make deep, lasting friendships and discover their place in the Armenian Church. Please contact your local parish for available scholarships.
Co-Directors: Dn. Armen and Emily Terjimanian
$450 (includes tuition, room & board)
**Limited spots are open for male participants (due to space constraints) in the High School Conference only. If interested, please email email@example.com or call 914-273-0200**
High School Conference 2020
Last summer during 2020, due to the extraordinary circumstances created by COVID-19, St. Nersess Seminary held a virtual High School Summer Conference on July 13 -17.
Participants gathered over Zoom each evening, from 7-9:30 pm, to learn and discuss contemporary topics and traditional subjects. Clergy and lay instructors offered lectures, bible studies and special sessions, including: cooking, singing and an opportunity to discuss challenges facing us today.
2019 Recap of High School Summer Conference
Instruction and Special Activities
Clergy and church lay leaders assist participants in the daily instruction of the Armenian Church. Participants are encouraged to ask frank questions about the church’s teachings and traditions, Christian faith, the Bible, and current topics, no matter how sensitive or controversial. Anonymously dropped into a special box, the questions will be addressed by clergy.
The conference also includes a special excursion that boosts the camaraderie among the participants.
Long-Standing Tradition and International Attraction
The summer conferences have attracted thousands of teenagers and college-age students over the past five decades to explore their faith and heritage with friends in a safe, fun and unique environment. This includes select students from Armenia and the Sts. Tarkmanchatz School in Jerusalem who have participated in the conferences for over a decade thanks to benefactors and summer conference scholarships coordinated by Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean.
“Students from Armenia and Jerusalem have the opportunity to experience one the best programs for youth that exists; they get to meet other young Armenian students with whom they establish friendships and continue to maintain contact; and they broaden their horizons and take a new look at the faith and traditions of the Armenian Church in which they have grown up,” explained Fr. Mardiros. “Also, our American Armenian youth are offered the valuable experience of meeting other young people from Armenia and Jerusalem, getting to know them as individuals.”
For further information, contact the seminary at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 914-273-0200.