The event, to be held at the Old Tappan Manor in Old Tappan, NJ, will also celebrate the seminary's distinguished history and bright future throughout the evening. St. Nersess Seminary remains a center of learning and inspiration for its alumni, students, clergy, and youth for the past 58 years.
Abp. Khajag Barsamian was the seminary's president of the board of directors for 28 years. During his tenure, he guided the seminary through five deans and ordained 25 St. Nersess graduates into the holy priesthood. He also was instrumental in leading the revitalization and relocation of the seminary from New Rochelle to Armonk, NY. "We are so grateful for his belief in the mission of the seminary and his confidence in our future, which has guaranteed our success today," commented the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean.
Fr. Daniel Findikyan, a 1989 St. Nersess graduate, will be consecrated as a bishop by His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, at Holy Etchmiadzin on May 12. Fr. Daniel is the first clergyman born in America to serve as a diocesan primate and president of the St. Nersess board of directors and only the second American-born clergyman to be elevated to the rank of bishop. "We are also appreciative of Fr. Daniel as a former seminary dean and current professor. Under his leadership, the academic level of the seminary was brought to new heights," Fr. Mardiros added.
To celebrate their successes and to express the seminary's gratitude to Khajag Srpazan and Hayr Daniel for helping the seminary reach its spiritual and educational goals, a commemorative booklet is being published for the May 18 event. All proceeds will go directly to St. Nersess Seminary and its mission.
For booklet donation information and for reservations to Hope and Gratitude, please contact Mrs. Lynn Beylerian, event co-chair, at 201-914-0354 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Reservations are $150 per person. Booklet donations may also be donated here.