Prelate Begins School Visits at the Start of the New Academic Year

On Monday, August 19, 2013, Prelacy Schools opened their doors to commence the 2013-2014 academic year.  Each year H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, visits Prelacy Schools to convey his blessings and well wishes to the administration, teachers, students, and parents for a successful year.

On Monday, August 19, the Prelate visited Holy Martyrs Ferrahian High School in Encino and Marie Cabayan Elementary School in North Hills, where he presided over the opening ceremonies.

The day began at “Avedissian” Hall of the Encino campus.  Participating in the ceremony were Holy Martyrs Church Pastor Rev. Fr. Razmig Khatchadourian, Principal Mr. John Kossakian, teachers, members of the Board of Regents, Parish Board of Trustees, sister organizations, and parents.

In his address, the Prelate stressed that the Armenian School is, above all, an institution which cultivates our Christian and cultural heritage in our students.  Instructing our students on the principles of our faith, on our history and cultural values, and enriching their hearts and souls with our heritage, is just as important as technologically modern teaching methods, stated His Eminence.  Referencing the “Year of the Armenian Mother” proclamation of His Holiness, the Prelate stated that Armenian mothers are the pillars of Armenian families and the first teachers of their children.  Armenian teachers, stated His Eminence, have similar qualities to mothers, with whom they work in partnership for the development and instruction of our youth.

The Prelate and delegation then headed to the North Hills campus for the opening ceremony of Holy Martyrs Marie Cabayan Elementary School.  In his message the Prelate emphasized the unique and crucial role of the Armenian School and Armenian educators in the spiritual and intellectual development of our youth.  Note that ARS Ashkhen Pilavajian Pre-School commenced the new school year on Tuesday, August 20.

Monday, August 19 was the first day of school for most Prelacy Schools.  Local parish pastors presided over the opening ceremonies and read the Prelate’s message on this occasion.  Later in the day the Prelate was in telephone communication with Principals to wish them a productive school year.  Armenian Mesrobian School in Montebello and Ari Guiragos Minassian School in Orange County will begin the new school year on Monday, August 26.

Holy Martyrs Ferrahian & Marie Cabayan Elementary School


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