Western Prelacy Preparing for Aram I’s Pontifical Visit

Catholicos Aram I

LA CRESCENTA—Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and the Religious and Executive Councils announced with great joy the revised dates and tentative schedule of the Pontifical visit of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, to the Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America.

The Pontifical Visit will begin on Thursday, October 6, 2011, and conclude on October 23. 

Under the direction of the Prelate, the two Central Executive Council members together with the Prelacy Religious and Executive Councils formed a number of committees to oversee the planning of the Pontifical Visit, and preparations are well under way.  The Pontifical Visit Steering, Banquet, Public Relations, Seminary, and School Fundraising Committees have already assumed their responsibilities and are working diligently to ensure a successful and memorable Pontifical visit.

The Pontifical Visit will officially commence on Thursday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. with a community-wide welcoming at St. Garabed Church in Hollywood.

On Sunday, October 16, His Holiness will celebrate Divine Liturgy at St. Mary’s Church in Glendale.  The Pontifical Banquet in honor of His Holiness will be held on the evening of the 16th at the Universal Hilton Hotel.

His Holiness will visit our Southern California Churches, as well as our Churches and Parishes in Fresno, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.  His Holiness will celebrate with our communities such milestone as the 90th anniversary of Holy Cross Cathedral, the 45th anniversary of St. Gregory Church, and will consecrate the dome cross of St. Garabed Church of Las Vegas.

The Pontifical Visit of His Holiness will focus on spiritual renewal, the further anchoring and continued progress of Armenian schools, reassertion of our spirit of national aspirations, and events dedicated to the “Year of the Armenian Child” and the Seminary of the Holy See of Cilicia.  The Pontifical Visit will also encompass meetings with students and young adults, a series of lectures, meetings with officials and dignitaries, and much more.

We are confident that with joint efforts and the support and encouragement of our sponsors, friends, and community, this much-anticipated Pontifical Visit will be a historic one.

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  2. Vanessa Kachadurian said:

    In Fresno we honor “the year of the Child” and look forward to a Pontifical visit of Aram I’s

  3. robig said:

    When there is a shortage of funds in Antelias, the Catholicose decides to come to the West to collect a few million dollars (fundraisers) and head back home. Typical. I hate to be a pessimist. I’m just saying.

  4. manooshag said:

    Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, having been, too, a leader with all the religious leaders of the world, and whose writings, whose outspoken intelligent leadership has been heard the world over, is to be admired and appreciated… especially whilst our homeland, Haiastan, was controlled by the communistic leaders of the USSR.

  5. Krikor said:

    Now when we have an independent country , our religious leaders should make efforts toward the unification of our churches. Unity is power.

  6. Henry said:

    I am soo very excited for His Holliness’s arrival. Every time he comes, he visits the different parishes, schools, and communities and really leaves a lasting impact. The best I enjoy of Aram Vehapar’s visits is when he has different meetings with the youth and empowers them to remain steadfast in their faith and culture.

    To Mr. Robic that commented on a “shortage of funds,” I just want to remind you that the only “fundraising” campaign the Pontiff will participate in is a gala dinner for the Seminary. All other events will concentrate on meeting every Armenian Community in Western America, from Orange County to Fresno. I am soo very excited for His Holiness’s arrival. Every time he comes, he visits the different parishes, schools, and communities and really leaves a lasting impact. The best I enjoy of Aram Vehapar’s visits is when he has different meetings with the youth and empowers them to remain steadfast in their faith and culture.

    To Mr. Robic that commented on a “shortage of funds,” I just want to remind you that the only “fundraising” campaign the Pontiff will participate in is a gala dinner for the Seminary. All other events will concentrate on meeting every Armenian Community in Western America, from Orange County to Fresno.
    He is a real, honest, and humble church leader and truly serves his people. God bless you Vehapar. We love you and are eagerly awaiting your arrival.

    • robig said:

      he may be real, honest, and humble, but for each church he visits he gets a $ gift. ask your church or the board of trustees what they will give him when he shows up. you’ll be surprised on what he will get. 😉

  7. manooshag said:

    Well, it appears that ALL religious leaders do accept assistance from their community… For all the books and other works that emanate from our Great House of Cilicia… and lately, the library, too which is now located at Cicilia… in memory of Karen Yeppe.

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