New Western Prelacy Headquarters Inaugurated

LA CRESCENTA, Calif.–The official inauguration of the new Western Prelacy headquarters took place Sunday under the auspices of Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, and with the participation of members of clergy, Armenia’s Consul General to Los Angeles Armen Liloyan, members of Armenian Revolutionary Federation Bureau, Western US Central Committee, the Prelacy Executive Council, the Armenian Relief Society, Homenetmen, Hamazkayin, compatriotic unions, sister organizations, Boards of Trustees, delegates, media, and more than 500 sponsors, donors, and friends. The ceremony began with the ribbon-cutting of the buildings main lobby, reception rooms, staff offices, conference rooms, bookstore, and other sections by the sponsors of each room and the Prelate. At 4 p.m., the Prelate, assisted by Very Rev. Fathers Muron Aznikian and Barthev Gulumian, conducted the official naming of the St. Dertad and St. Ashkhen Chapel, and the consecration and blessing of the pillars, baptismal font, candle altar, and upper room, with the participation of clergy, godfathers, and sponsors. Requiem service was offered at the conclusion of the service for the memories of our sponsors. Following the ceremony, guests headed to the Dikran and Zarouhie Der Ghazarian Hall where MC Mrs. Pattyl Aposhian-Kasbarian offered the welcoming remarks. Also offering their remarks were Mr. Vahan Bezdikian, Chair of the Building Committee, Dr. Garo Agopian, Chair of the Executive Council, and Consul General Armen Liloyan. In his closing remarks the Prelate expressed appreciation for the opportunity to share this historic day with our community as we witnessed the official opening of our home which was built with the moral and financial support of our benefactors and friends. In conclusion the Prelate announced and expressed thanks for donations made during this joyous occasion which exceeded 300,000 dollars.

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