The seminarians gathered for their annual Lenten Retreat at Enders Island in Mystic, CT, on March 21-23. Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian, St. Nersess Spiritual Director, led the retreat which was centered on our "joy-filled spiritual journey with the Lord." Although we might all experience pain and setbacks along the way, we can always expect God's grace. The Retreat concluded with the seminarians participating in the Divine Liturgy at St. George Armenian Church in Hartford, CT. Led by St. George's pastor, the Rev. Fr. Gomidas Zohrabian, the community hosted the visiting seminarians during the fellowship hour.
What are the spirit, ethos and peculiarities of Armenian prayer? What do these qualities tell us about the distinctive Christian witness of this ancient church? What insights might Armenian Christianity offer to others who seek meaningful faith today?
The public is invited to listen more about the 'Heart of an Ancient Christian Spirituality' presented by V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan on April 23 at the General Theological Seminary, located at 440 W. 21st Street (9th & 10th Ave) in New York City. Lecture begins at 7pm and is followed by a wine and cheese reception. For more info, click here or call 914-636-2003.
In a natural progression of growth and expansion of mission, St. Nersess plans to move to a new campus in Armonk, NY, in mid-2014. However, we will always remember our roots when in 1961 we called Evanston, IL our home before relocating to New Rochelle, NY in 1978. This latest transition will allow the seminary to continue to grow and provide our seminarians with improved learning and living facilities.
We are thankful to Haig and Elza Didizian of London, England, who are the primary benefactors of the new seminary project in Armonk, NY. The Didizians have generously donated our new 5.5 acre property and 8,400 sqft the Karekin I Theological Center and Chapel. Four existing buildings on the property are also being renovated.
Fr. Mardiros Chevian, the Dean of St. Nersess, continues to carry out the vision of Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan, founder of St. Nersess, by overseeing the training of young men to become parish priests. He will reside on the new campus, just as he did when he directed St. Nersess throughout the 1980s. By living on campus, he will oversee and supervise the daily life of the St. Nersess Seminarians. The Dean’s residence is one of four existing structures that will be renovated on the new campus. A single students residence, a married students and faculty residence, and a recreation center will also be renovated.
Donations and naming opportunities exist in each of our renovated buildings. Consider making a commitment to St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in your name, or in honor of or in memory of a loved one. You will be remembered and recognized as one who values the training of clergy for service in the Armenian Church of America. It is an investment that will give for generations to come.
St. Nersess Seminary currently has nine full time seminarians, with more students entering in the Fall of 2014. We appreciate your continued support and interest in the only Armenian Seminary in the Western Hemisphere that trains, educates, and inspires future Armenian clergy, as well as lay people and the Armenian youth. Click here to donate online.
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