Deacon Khatchig Shannakian Lectures at USC


On Monday, April 8, 2013, by the request of Prof. Hrair Dekmejian and the Institute of Armenian Studies at the University of Southern California, and by the ordinance of H.E. Moushegh Mardirossian, the Institute welcomed Deacon Khatchig Shannakian to give a lecture on the history and Apostolic origins of the Armenian Apostolic Church and the current status of the Church in the Diaspora.

The colloquium started off by a lecture presented by Prof. Sona Haroutyounian from the University of Venice, who spoke about her translation of the book “Skylark Farm”. After her lecture, Deacon Khatchig Shannakian was invited to deliver his lecture.He spoke about the traditions of the Armenian Apostolic Church, from the period of the Apostles St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew to St. Gregory the Illuminator, the Holy Translators to the Council of Chalcedon in 451 A.D., up to the current challenges which the Church faces today with a focus on the youth.   Emphasizing to the students that the future of the Church in the Diaspora and the Mother land are the youth, he concluded his lecture by stating, “Each one of you has a prominent role to play in the evangelizing and sustaining of the Armenian Apostolic Church”.

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