In his official letter addressed to His Grace–Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian–Prelate of the Western Prelacy–dated May 21–1998–Ref. 164N98–His Holiness–Catholicos Aram I of the Holy See of Cilicia in Antelias–Lebanon conveyed his blessings to and approval of the election of the new Religious and Executive Councils by the recent 26th Prelacy Representative Assembly Convention.
By invitation of the Prelate–the newly-elected Religious and Executive Councils held their first sessions respectively–on Tuesday–May 26–at the Prelacy chambers.
The Religious Council held its first session at 1:00 p.m. and formed its Divan as follows:
Very Rev. Papken Tcharian–Chairman
Rev. Viken Vassilian–Vice Chair
Rev. Vasken Atmajian–Secretary
Very Rev. Krikor Chifjian–Advisor
Rev. Nareg Pehlivanian–Advisor
Rev. Razmig Khatchadourian–Advisor
Rev. Vahan Costanian–Advisor
At its first session–the newly elected Executive Council elected its Divan as follows:
Dr. Hagop Der Megerdichian–Vice Chair
Varoujan Der Simonian–Advisor
The Prelate congratulated the Divans and members of the newly-elected Religious and Executive Councils and commended Stepan Kabadayan and Vache Proodian as well as Garo Poladian and Hovig Filhannessian–chairmen and secretaries–respectively–for the excellent way they performed their duties as the Divan of the 26th Prelacy representatives Assembly Convention.