Weekly News – October 31, 2014


FresnoChurchThis weekend, Holy Trinity Church of Fresno will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the consecration of the Church. The celebration will begin on Saturday, November 1, 2014, with a gala banquet presided over by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate. On Sunday, the Prelate will celebrate Divine Liturgy and deliver the sermon at Holy Trinity. His Eminence will be accompanied by Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian and Deacon Khatchig Shannakian. Executive Council members will participate in the weekend’s festivities.

By the invitation of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of the San Joaquin Valley, on Sunday afternoon, the Prelate will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony of the Armenian Genocide Memorial to be constructed at the Fresno State campus.



BerjApkarianConsul1The Republic of Armenia recently established an Honorary Consulate in Fresno, the first in the United States. On Monday, October 20, the Office of the Honorary Consul officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony and banquet. Mr. Berj Apkarian, Board member of Holy Trinity Church, was appointed Honorary Consul by Armenia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Edward Nalbandian. Among the dignitaries in attendance were Ambassador of the Republic of Armenia in the United States Tigran Sargsyan, Consul General of the Republic of Armenia in Los Angeles Sergey Sarkisov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh Artur Aghabekyan, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Nagorno Karabakh to the United States Robert Avetisyan, church and leaders.

The Prelate sent a congratulatory letter to the Honorary Consul, a long-time Prelacy member and supporter, which was read by Rev. Fr. Vahan Gosdanian. “We were delighted to hear of your appointment as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Armenia in Fresno. We congratulate you on this great honor and wish you all the best in your new responsibilities. With your extensive service to our national life, within the Fresno Armenian community, at Holy Trinity Church as a deacon, delegate, and board member, and beyond, we are confident that you will bring your valuable input and contributions to the advancement of the new Consulate’s mission, just as you have contributed to the endeavors of our Prelacy and of the Catholicosate of Cilicia,” read the letter. Apkarian



BarAssociation1On the evening of Wednesday, October 29, the Armenian Bar Association Annual Judges’ Night reception was held at Phoenicia Restaurant in Glendale, honoring Judges David S. Wesley, Kevin C. Brazile, and Ashley Tabaddor.

The Prelate attended and delivered the invocation. He congratulated the worthy service of the guardians of the justice system and prayed for God to guide them in their duty to uphold the law of the land and serve with justice and integrity. He blessed the members of the Armenian Bar Association and all our legal professionals, asking for God’s guidance in their daily pursuit of justice so that they may serve with honor and good conscience.

The Prelate also had the opportunity to meet with Sheriff candidate Jim McDonnell and convey his well wishes on the upcoming election.



OvanesBalayanOn Thursday, October 30, 2014, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, welcomed to the Prelacy representatives of the Armenian American Orphans Christmas Fund, who had come to personally thank the Prelate for participating in their 15th anniversary Telethon held on September 21 and to discuss their future projects.

The guests, Founder and President Mr. Ovanes Balayan, and board members Mr. Tomik Alexanian and Ms. Nune Avetisyan, spoke of the organization’s mission of providing for needy children in cities and villages across Armenia.

The Prelate highly commended Mr. Balayan’s initiative in establishing the benevolent organization years ago and the dedicated service of all the members who contribute to its charitable endeavors. The Prelate presented mementos to the guests and wished them continued successes in their mission.

The visit also afforded the opportunity to converse about the Armenian Genocide centennial and commemorations being organized for the occasion. The Prelate noted that in commemoration of this solemn anniversary, on July 19, 2015, His Holiness Aram I will conduct the blessing of Muron at the Genocide memorial in Bikfaya, for which Armenians from around the world will gather as pilgrims to be part of the historic event.

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