January 9, 2013
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NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Dates for the acclaimed St. Nersess Armenian Seminary’s Summer Conferences for young people have just been announced. Students have the option of attending one of four sessions offered this summer on the New Rochelle campus:
Participants listen and learn in a casual, safe
environment at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.
Alumni Clergy Directors
Seminary alumni clergy will direct the conference sessions, including Rev. Fr. Tavit Boyajian for the first high school session and Rev. Fr. Hovnan Demerjian leading the second high school session. Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan will once again direct the Deacons’ Training Program, while the new Seminary Dean, Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, will make his return after 20 years to direct the Post High School conference.
Instruction and Special Activities
Other clergy and church lay leaders will assist in instructing the participants in the fundamentals of the Armenian Church's faith and traditions. Participants will also be encouraged to ask any frank question they have about the church, its teachings and traditions, Christian faith, the Bible, and issues of concern to them, no matter how sensitive or controversial. Anonymously dropped into a special box, the questions will be addressed by a panel of clergy.
Another outstanding experience during each session involves a special afternoon trip to the local area Armenian homes for the aged. This allows participants the opportunity to visit, pray with, and learn from the valuable elder community.
Long-Standing Tradition and International Attraction
These 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 the Sts. Tarkmanchatz School in Jerusalem who have participated in the conferences for the past six years thanks to benefactors and Summer Conference scholarships, coordinated between Fr. Chevian and the Very Rev. Fr. Norayr Kazarian of Jerusalem.
Registration for the ever-popular St. Nersess Summer Conferences will be available online soon. A maximum of 25 participants will be accepted for each session. For further information, contact the Seminary at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 914-636-2003.