• The National Centennial Committee to Commemorate the Armenian Genocide has issued its first official announcement of the events planned for 2015.

    Commemorating the passage of 100 years since the start of the first genocide of the 20th century, a schedule of events including an ecumenical prayer service at the National Cathedral, a memorial concert, public exhibitions and a Pontifical Divine Liturgy will take place from May 7 to 10, 2015, in Washington, DC.

    His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, and His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, will both journey to the United States to lead and participate in the commemorative events.

    A National Centennial Committee is planning the commemorative activities. Click here to read more.

  • A world in turmoil awaits our prayers! 

    “Beloved faithful,

    We live in a world where pain and suffering is becoming unbearable. The deep sorrow of the loved ones of the victims of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has shattered the lives of people of the world. What we see today in the Middle East, the war in Israel and Gaza hurts the dignity of humanity.

    We fervently ask our faithful to offer their prayers for the souls of the departed ones, children and peace-loving men and women, and pray to the Almighty to bring peace and stability in all corners of the world.

    When respect for human life and justice amongst people diminish, we then are alienated from God and hurt each other and take away from one another the right and beauty of peaceful life.”

    Archbishop Hovnan Derderian


  • The Armenian Apostolic Church of Victorville is a rapidly growing parish within the community. The mission of the Armenian Apostolic Church of Victorville is to proclaim the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to preserve and spread the one, holy, catholic apostolic and orthodox faith, and to lead and guide the journey of the faithful under the Church’s pastoral care according to the Holy Scriptures, doctrines, teachings, and traditions of the Armenian Church. The first celebration of the Divine Liturgy held on February 17, 2013. Services are offered on the first Sunday of the month at St. Hilary’s Episcopal Church in Hesperia.

    The Armenian Church of Victorville was reestablished and reorganized in 2013 under the leadership of the Primate and the pastoral guidance of Archpriest Fr. Arshag Khatchadourian. The Parish Council members are Nairi Hovhanesyan (Chair), Zabelle Paparigian Crosson (Vice-Chair), Asdghik Keyvanian (Treasurer), Gaiane Nazarian (Secretary), and Yuri Hambardzumyan (Member).

  • On Saturday, July 19, the Christian Education Council of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church held a meeting at the Diocesan headquarters in Burbank. The main topic on the agenda was the preparation for the upcoming Annual Sunday School Superintends’ Workshop on August 23. The purpose of the workshop is to prepare the superintendents, teachers and parents of the Sunday school for the upcoming educational year, equip them with necessary teaching tools and tactics, and provide with updated educational materials.

    This year’s workshop’s topic is “Connect, Awaken, Share.” Two special guest speakers will be Mashdots Jobanian, the Director of the Religious Education Department of the Western Diocese and Marie Hagopian, former superintendent St. Vartan Armenian Church of Oakland with over 20 years of experience. 

    CEC is a group of representatives from the different parishes of the Diocese, who oversee the activities, curriculum and the effectiveness of the Christian education in the Sunday schools of the Diocese. 

    Workshop topics will include “Practical Ways to Engage Parents in the Faith Formation of their Children”, “Different Ways to create Community”, “Finding Similarities Among the Differences” and much more.

    The Annual Sunday School Superintendents Workshop will be held on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014. For more details see the attached flyer.

    ACYO representatives Sona Khachikyan and Armand Yerjanian also took part in the CEC meeting. CEC and ACYO members discussed various ways and measures for the two organizations to cooperate. Avenues to incorporate the ACYO membership after Sunday School graduation was discussed at length.

    CEC members also discussed the plans for the 2014 and 2015 educational year.

  • Earlier this summer, a pilgrimage to Ararat took place as part of the Western Diocese 100th Anniversary of Genocide commemoration. Twenty-five pilgrims participated on this trip over the course of three weeks taking them to Greater Armenia: the Republic of Armenia, Artsakh and Western Armenia. Next week we will publish a detailed account of this journey which was led by Fr. Vazken Movsesian.

    Upon his return, Fr. Vazken preached the following sermon at St. Peter Armenian Church. 

  • You and Yours are cordially invited to a very special function on Sunday, July 27, 2014, to a tribute to Armenian Woman, "The Armenian Woman In Self Defense During The Armenian Genocide," who played a significant role throughout the turbulent history of Armenia.

    In the last decades of the nineteenth century the world history is witness to the role of women during t the formation of Armenian political parties, their work in the spheres of education, distribution of political literature, clandestine activities, care of wounded and orphans, aid to prisoners and refugees and fundraising for the needs of population in crisis. Moreover, the women's militates fought alongside the men to save their homes and ancestral lands as evidenced in their heroic defense of Taron, Vaspourakan, Ourfa, Shabin-Karahisar, Musa Dagh and Hadjin.

    Special guest panelists invited to this program are John Keusseyan-LT. Col. USAF (Ret.), Dr. Garabet Moumdjian-Historian and Mr. Bared Maronian-Film Producer, who will speak on the subject matter. The film " Woman of 1915 " will also be screened. Mrs. Tagouhi Arzoumanyan will be the Master of the Ceremony and Mr. Tomik Alexanian will speak on behalf of the organization.

    In the cultural program, Mr. Artur Hakobyan ( MR. X ) and Mr. Tavit Samuelian will perform. Artists Salpy Kerkonian (flute) and Aram Lepejian (piano) will play instruments.

    This event is organized by Ararat Foundation in cooperation with Sis Armenian Compatriotic and Cultural Union. The United Armenian Council for the Commemoration of the Armenian Genocide-Los Angeles is the event's sponsoring organization.

    The event will take place on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 6:00 p.m., at St. Leon Armenian Cathedral's Nazareth and Sima Kalaydjian Hall (3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91504).

    There will be a reception during break time.

    Lecturers will speak in Armenian and English.

    The admission is FREE and open to the public. Everyone is welcomed to attend.

    Ararat Foundation

    Organizing Committee

  • On July 23, Diocesan clergy of the Greater Los Angeles Area met with visiting clergymen from Armenia including His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Ecumenical Director of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Rev. Fr. Zohrab Manasyan, Pastor of the Abovian district of the Diocese of Kotayk and the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan, Locum Tenens of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of France. The fellowship was organized by Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. 

  • On July 22, Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian paid a pastoral visit to the Armenian Community of Las Vegas. His Eminence was accompanied by His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Ecumenical Director of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and Dn. Harout Markarian, Executive Director of the Western Diocese.

    Archbishop Derderian introduced the visiting bishop to the community who in turn expressed his delight in meeting the faithful community. A meeting was held with Archpriest Fr. Nareg Matarian, Pastor of the host parish, the Parish Council and the members of the community. The Primate encouraged them to remain resolute in their mission to spreading the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and upholding the sacred traditions of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

    The financial report of the first phase of construction was presented by Dn. Harout Markarian. Pending permit issues, the Parish hopes to finish construction of the church complex, which would include the church building and the banquet hall, by the end of the year.

    The Armenian Church of Las Vegas hosted the 87th Annual Diocesan Assembly in May. 

  • On Monday, July 21st, Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Ecumenical Director of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin visited the “Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian” campsite in picturesque Dunlap, California. His Grace was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Nerses Hayrapetyan, Pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Santa Clarita.

    This was the first visit of the high ranking clergyman to the campsite. Bishop Manukyan met with the campers and the staff during their daily prayer hour. His Grace addressed the youth and commended their dedication to preserve the Armenian ancestral Christian Faith, values, heritage and culture in a serene and friendly atmosphere.

    The Camp Director for the second week is Regina Pryor. Rev. Fr. Avedis Abovian and Rev. Fr. Mesrop Ash are the week’s chaplains.

    Week 3 will begin on July 27th.

  • His Grace Bishop Hovakim Manukyan, Ecumenical Director of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin was the celebrant and homilist at St. John Garabed Armenian Church in Hollywood on Sunday, July 20.

    The high-ranking clergyman was introduced to the congregation by Archpriest Fr. Manoug Markarian, Pastor of the host parish. Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian presided over the service.