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.