In 2003–the Armenian Apostolic Church lost one of its most devoted servants–Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian.
The Hamazkayin Armenian Educational and Cultural Society organized a public gathering on the first anniversary of his passing with the aim of keeping his memory alive.
A total of $20,000 was raised by the public in memory of the Archbishop. Part of the contributions were allocated for the establishment of the "Mesrob Ashjian Publishing House" at the Armenian Academy’s History Department–under the guidance of Professor Ashod Melkonian–Head of the History Department. Mesrob Ashjian Publishing House has already published ten books.
The rest of the contributions were used to put up a life-size sculpture of the Archbishop in Armenia.
His Holiness Karekin II has offered His blessing for the placement of the statue in front of St. Kevork’s Church at Moughni Village. The ceremony will take place on May 28–the day Archbishop Ashjian was ordained.
The public is invited to attend the dedication ceremony on May 28–2006 in the Moughni Village of Armenia.
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