The Service of Calling to the Priesthood will take place on Friday June 4, 2021 at 6:00 pm at the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection at 1910 Stanley Street, New Britain CT, followed by a reception in the John and Mary Abrahamian Hall at the Church.
The Celebration of the Divine Liturgy and Ordination will take place on Saturday, June 5 at 10:00 am, also at the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection. An Ordination Banquet will take place immediately following the Service at the Tunxis Country Club in Farmington CT.
The sponsoring priest will be the Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian, Deacon Michael’s father, and the Godfather will be Mr. Stepan Piligian.
Deacon Michael has been the Deacon-in-Charge at the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection since February 1, 2021. He is a graduate of Boston College and graduated from St. Nersess Seminary in 2018.
Reflecting on his time at St. Nersess, Deacon Michael stated: “My time as a student at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary was one of the most formative periods of my life. It not only equipped me with the practical skills needed to serve as a minister of the Armenian Church in America, but it also gifted me the opportunity to gaze into the rich world of Armenian theological thought and to gain a real appreciation for the depth of the treasure that is our Sacred Tradition. With this appreciation, I approach my ordination inspired and indescribably humbled in joining the line of clergy who have served the Armenian people before me in such dynamic and meaningful ways, and I ask for all of your prayers that the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ might guide all that I do to follow in their steps in my ministry to come."
Deacon Michael is married to Lucine Sabounjian. His parents are the Rev. Fr. Krikor A. Sabounjian and Yeretsgin LuAnn Sabounjian.
COVID -19 restrictions require that attendance be by RSVP only, masks be worn at all times and there will be limited seating in the Church sanctuary. There will be additional seating in the Church hall with a live stream. Those unable to join in person are invited to join in the live stream for the Service of Calling and Ordination, which can be found at http://bit.ly/ACHRLiveStream
Donations may be made at http://bit.ly/ACHRdonate
For additional information or questions, please contact DnMichaelOrdination@gmail.com.