The late July heat and humidity bearing down on New Rochelle, New York are not enough to stifle the energy, excitement and eagerness of more than 90 American-Armenian teenagers who have come to St. Nersess so far this summer to participate in the annual High School Conferences.
By summer's end nearly twice that number of young people from Junior High School through College age will have been a part of seven different St. Nersess conferences.
Spending Time with God and Digging Deep into Our Roots
What would compel a teenage boy or girl to spend 9 days of their busy summer at a seminary? "St. Nersess is a place where you come for a week and forget about the troubles of the world and just spend time with God and make the best friends you'll ever have," is how one teen put it a few weeks ago.
Dozens of other clergy and lay leaders are scheduled to speak to the young people as the summer progresses.
The third High School conference (High School C) ended last Wednesday. It too was filled to capacity.
Junior High School-aged youth will have their chance to experience St. Nersess at a conference tailored to their age group from August 7-11. The season will end with the Post High School Conference from August 13-20.
The director of the St. Nersess Summer Conferences is Rev. Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian (St. Peter, Watervliet, NY).