February 9, 2011
More than 250 people from the greater San Francisco Bay Area of California gathered in the hall of St. John Armenian Church in San Francisco on Sunday, January 31 for the world premiere of a short documentary film about St. Nersess Armenian Seminary entitled, St. Nersess Seminary: A Calling Fulfilled.
The 26-minute program, filmed at the Seminary in New Rochelle, New York, as well as at a number of Armenian Churches on the East and West Coasts, portrays the mission, work and daily life of the Seminary as told by seminarians, alumni, the dean, and faculty. Its release coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of the Seminary in 1961.
The documentary is the work of the noted young Armenian film-maker, Anthony Catchatoorian, who has produced a number of well-received short films on Armenian and other topics. Catchatoorian is also an ordained deacon of the Armenian Church.
to view the film
new documentary film on St. Nersess Armenian Seminary at St. John Armenian Church, San Francisco.
(Standing L-R) Fr. Arshen Ayvazian, Fr. Kevork Arakelian, Fr. Yeghia Hairabedian,
Grace Petoyan in the arms of her father, Fr. Sarkis Petoyan, Yn. Talin Petoyan, Dr. Sara Terian.
(Sitting L-R) Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Fr. Shahe Altunian, Dr. Abraham Terian, Yn. Eliza Feredjian, Verjin Mermerian.
Photographer: Yn. Sirarpie Feredjian.
"Today we witness the realization of a dream come true," said Fr. Daniel Findikyan, speaking to the audience at the conclusion of the premiere. "We are enormously grateful to Fr. Sarkis, Deacon Anthony, the Takvorian family and all of those who made this film possible."
Earlier in the day, with the blessing of His Eminence Abp. Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese, Fr. Findikyan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and the preached the sermons at St. John. He then travelled south for a gathering of alumni, clergy and friends at the home of Drs. Abraham and Sara Terian in Fresno. The next day, the dean met with Abp. Hovnan at the Diocesan headquarters in Burbank, and was interviewed about the St. Nersess for television broadcast in the Los Angeles area.