Quality over quantity has always been the guiding principle of St. Nersess Seminary's Admissions Committee. This year, the seminary will be blessed by both.
St. Nersess has eight full-time seminarians registered for the Fall semester plus four part-time students, a significant increase over last year. Three new students were admitted to the seminary's Master of Divinity Program and one student who was studying part-time last year will now dedicate himself to full-time study.
Two additional students will be continuing their part-time studies at St. Nersess ahead of full-time matriculation once they complete college within the next two years. All of the seminarians are preparing for ministry in the Armenian Church, ten of them as priests and two specializing in religious education and youth ministry, respectively.
New this year will be Ara Karamanian, born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. A 2002 graduate of Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Ara studied three semesters at U.S.C. School of Medicine before deciding to devote himself to ministry in the Armenian Church. While studying in North Carolina, Ara diligently served the Armenian Church of Charlotte, where he was ordained a sub-deacon in 2003 by His Eminence Abp. Khajag Barsamian.
Returning students include Dn. Levon Kirakosyan, Yervant Kutchukian, Daron Bolat and Dn. Nishan Baljian.