From June 25 - July 3, the Deacons' Training Program, led by the Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, welcomed a group of young men who gathered together to learn the music and rituals of the Divine Liturgy and other services of the Armenian Church as well as their meaning and importance. The participants came from 12 states in the Eastern and Western Dioceses. With great enthusiasm the altar servers and prospective deacons participated in daily practical workshops, classes, discussions, Bible Study and worship.
Then, from July 15 - 24, High School Summer Conference A welcomed participants from various parishes throughout the Eastern Diocese, which was led by the Rev. Fr. Ghevond Ajamian, pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Dallas, TX. During this session, four students from the Sts. Tarkmanchatz School of Jerusalem's Armenian Patriarchate attended. This is the 11th year that the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean, has welcomed students from Sts. Tarkmanchatz. With the help of sponsors who fully fund their travel and tuition, these students have an opportunity to enhance their spiritual life as well as meet their peers in America. These four students also benefited from a special opportunity to participate in a ten-day, interfaith service-learning program for 20 Israeli, Palestinian and American youth organized by Canon Nicholas Porter and Jerusalem Peacebuilders in New Haven, CT. All the participants witnessed the evening service of the ordination of two St. Nersess graduates into the priesthood at St. Leon Armenian Church in Fair Lawn, NJ and also attended their ordination service at St. Vartan Cathedral in New York City.
Summer Conference B, directed by the Rev. Fr. Shnork Souin, pastor of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church in Providence, RI, had a large group of participants. Some of the topics presented over the course of the 10-day conference were the old testament, early church fathers, early church councils, and the Sacrament of Baptism which were presented by respected speakers most of whom are themselves graduates of the seminary. Fr. Shnork, who has not directed a summer conference in seven years, commented, "I had the most wonderful time and formed the greatest memories at this year's summer conference. I am looking forward to bringing many more young people to St. Nersess and also introducing the new campus and this life changing program to a whole new generation of St. Nersess conference participants."
The final session for the summer, the Post High School Summer Conference, was held August 9 - 13 and was directed by the Rev. Fr. Samuel Rith-Najarian, pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church of Charlotte, NC, with the assistance of Yn. Danielle DerAsadourian. Participants gathered each day to share meals, worship in the chapel together, as well as attend Armenian language classes and bible studies. The conference participants also had the opportunity to learn about their culture and faith by engaging guest speakers, including seminary faculty, seminarians, and clergy. The topics included baptism, Church Fathers, Armenian Church art, spiritual development, and modern issues.
The summer conferences are a unique religious, social, and educational experience that brings young Armenian Americans together from the North American dioceses and abroad for worship, study, fellowship and recreation.