Deacons' Training Program: June 25–July 3
Directed by V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan
High School Summer Conference A: July 15 - 24
Directed by Rev. Fr. Ghevond Ajamian
High School Summer Conference B: July 29 - August 7
Directed by Rev. Fr. Shnork Souin
Post High School Summer Conference: August 9 - 13
Directed by Rev. Fr. Samuel Rith-Najarian
This summer, St. Nersess will unveil a new curriculum for the Summer Conferences which will include topics such as Armenian Church History and Doctrine, Sacraments, Armenian Religious Art, Contemporary Issues, Modern and Classical Armenian, the Life of Christ, The Creed, Saints & Martyrs, and more.
Since its inception in 1963, the summer conferences have offered young people Bible study sessions, daily worship, lectures from clergy and lay leaders, Armenian language instruction, as well as sports and outings. Last summer, St. Nersess welcomed over 75 high school and college aged students to learn more about their Christian faith and heritage. Each day, a new topic of instruction is offered including classical Armenian, in-depth historical teachings of the Armenian Church, teachings from the Gospel, Bible meditations, explanations of the Divine Liturgy, and how the Armenian Church compares in its teachings to other denominations. Students are enriched and fulfilled with a deeper understanding of their faith.
For the Deacons’ Training Program, young men gain a deeper understanding of the church’s worship services through practical workshops and interactive classes. Students are placed in classes according to experience. In Level I, students are introduced to the duties of an acolyte. In Levels II and III, students are introduced to liturgical practicum. All students take Armenian classes and voice lessons. Upon completion of the program, students return to their home parishes with polished liturgical skills and a stronger faith.
Special Activities and International Attraction
In addition to the timely topics presented to the participants during their conference, the attendees also experience a special trip to the local assisted living Armenian homes. These outings allow participants the opportunity to visit, learn from, and pray with our wise and valued elder community members.
And for the past 10 years, two students from the Sts. Tarkmanchatz School of Jerusalem’s Armenian Patriarchate have attended a high school session. Thanks to the coordinated efforts between the Very Rev. Fr. Norayr Kazarian, principal of the school, and Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean of St. Nersess, as well as generous benefactors and supporters who financially support their visit, these high school students from Jerusalem are provided a special opportunity to interact with their American counterparts and enhance their spiritual life and knowledge.
Registration for the St. Nersess Summer Conferences is available online and by mail. A maximum of 25 participants will be accepted to each session. Download a brochure and register, or contact the seminary at 914-273-0200 or email.