St. Nersess Seminarians, wives and faculty pose at the Ararat Center in Upstate New York during their recent Orientation Retreat
The retreat was led by Fr. Yeprem Kelegian, Pastor of St. Mesrob Armenian Church (Racine, WI) and the Seminary's Spiritual Director.
Badarak at St. Peter Armenian Church
The retreat concluded with the celebration of the Holy Badarak at St. Peter Armenian Church in Watervliet, NY. Fr. Daniel Findikyan was the celebrant and preacher. He was flanked by seven seminarians serving at the Holy Altar.
Rounding off the beautiful weekend was a casual kebab cookout at the home of Charles and Carol Tutunjian, parishioners of St. Peter Armenian Church. Both Charles and his brother, the honorable Mayor Harry Tutunjian of Troy, NY are both alumni of the St. Nersess summer conferences. The afternoon was filled with smiles and stories as both brothers reminisced about their St. Nersess experiences.
St. Nersess anticipates four graduates this year, who are preparing for ordination as priests to serve the Eastern Diocese.
September 7, 2009
Once again, the Ararat Center in Greenville, New York provided the perfect environment for the annual orientation retreat to begin the new school year at St. Nersess Seminary. The seminarians enjoyed the outdoors and perfect weather as they explored their own personal spiritual journeys and calling to the priesthood throughout the weekend. The seminarians were accompanied by the dean, Fr. Daniel Findikyan, the Director of Youth and Vocations, Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian, and Professor Roberta Ervine. As the year 2009 has been declared the Year of Vocations: A Call to Serve, the seminarians reflected on their callings and how God is using their gifts and personalities for ministry in the Armenian Church.
Seminarian Levon Asdourian
October 30, 2008
St. Nersess Seminary alumni Fr. Arakel Aljalian and Fr. Vazken Kouzouian will welcome the St. Nersess Seminarians, led by Fr. Daniel Findikyan and Fr.Stepanos Doudoukjian into their Boston-area parishes for a weekend of spiritual, social and youth activities at Holy Trinity Armenian Church (Cambridge, MA) and St. James Armenian Church (Watertown, MA) this weekend, November 7-9.
10 Enthusiastic St. Nersess Seminarians at Holy Trinity Cambridge
On Friday night college students from throughout the Boston area are invited to Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cambridge, MA for an evening of friendship, good food and stimulating discussion with this year's class of 10 enthusiastic seminarians.
Saturday at St. James Watertown
Junior High School and High School students will enjoy the same type of environment on Saturday, November 8, this time at St. James Armenian Church in Watertown, MA. The theme for both gatherings will be: Want to Change the World? It all comes back to You. Participants and seminarians will explore the theme from a 21st -century Hollywood angle: a movie about Noah's Ark and the great flood. Evan Almighty, starring Steve Carell, is a movie whose theme is about listening to God's call and making changes in our lives. But the movie has a modern day twist…
What changes do I need to make in my life and in the world I live in? How do I go about making changes in my life? How does making changes involve listening to God's voice in our lives? Join the St. Nersess community at St. James on Saturday for insights and fun.
Sunday Badarak With Seminarians in Cambridge and Watertown
On Sunday, Fr. Daniel Findikyan will celebrate the Divine Liturgy and preach the sermon at St. James Armenian Church while Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian will be the Badarakich and preacher at Holy Trinity. The seminarians will split up between the two parishes.
Each semester the St. Nersess seminarians go on the road to visit Armenian Church parishes, meet with clergy, youth and faithful, participate in the local Badarak, and share their enthusiasm for our Lord and his holy church. If you would like to schedule a St. Nersess visit to your community, contact the Dean.
Meet Our Future Priests
Which seminarian has a Master's degree in Accounting?
Which seminarian was working the beat as a policeman 4 months ago?
Which seminarian is one-quarter Irish?
Come to Boston this weekend and find out!