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FW: His Holiness Karekin II Arrives in the Western Diocese

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  • Fr John Brian
    ... From: Office of the Western Diocese [mailto:newsletter@armenianchurchwd.com] Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 12:06 AM To: frjohnbrian@priest.com Subject: His
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 2, 2005
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Office of the Western Diocese
      Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 12:06 AM
      To: frjohnbrian@...
      Subject: His Holiness Karekin II Arrives in the Western Diocese

      His Holiness Karekin II,

      Catholicos of All Armenians

      Arrives In the Western Diocese

      Wednesday, June 1, 2005

      The Western Diocese would like to announce that His Holiness Karekin
      II, Catholicos of All Armenians, arrived safely at LAX on June 1,
      2005. The Catholicos was greeted by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan
      Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of
      North America; His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of
      the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America; His
      Eminence Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian, His Eminence Archbishop Arsen
      Berberyan, several Diocesan clergy, Consul General of Armenia Gagik
      Kirakosian, as well as members of the Diocesan Council and Armenian

      High-ranking clergy in the entourage of the Catholicos included His
      Eminence Archbishop Nerses Bozabalyan.

      The Primate greeted and officially welcomed the Catholicos on behalf
      of the Western Diocese, referring to the Pontifical visit of His
      Holiness and a “Renaissance of Faith” for the entire Armenian

      His Holiness in turn also expressed his happiness on the occasion of
      his Pontifical visit to the Western Diocese, which houses substantial
      Armenian communities particularly in California and Los Angeles. His
      Holiness conveyed his appreciation of the extensive efforts put forth
      by the Pontifical Visit Committee in preparation of his visit.
      Furthermore Vehapar expressed his eagerness to meet the faithful of
      the Western Diocese in the various events which have been planned for
      the three upcoming weeks, and to extend to them his blessings form the
      other See of Holy Etchmiadzin.

      The Diocese of the Armenian Church was established on July 2, 1898
      by His Holiness Mgrdich Khrimian, Catholicos of All Armenians. Taking
      into consideration the distance between California and the East Coast,
      the center of the Diocese, His Holiness Kevork V, Catholicos of All
      Armenians, established the Western Diocese on Nov. 28, 1927. Bishop
      Karekin Khachadourian became the first Primate. Although the Diocese
      was first centered in Fresno, the headquarters moved to Los Angeles
      in 1957 due to the growing Armenian community in Southern California.
      Currently the Headquarters of the Western Diocese are located in
      Burbank. Prior to the election of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan
      Derderian as Primate, the Western Diocese had the following seven

      1928-1934 Bishop Karekin Khachadourian

      1942-1946 Bishop Mampré Calfayan

      1953-1956 Bishop Shnork Kaloustian

      1957-1962 Bishop Papken Varjabedian

      1962-1966 Bishop Torkom Manoogian

      1966-1970 Bishop Yeghishé (Elisha) Simonian

      1971-2003 Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian

      Catholicos greeted at

      RITZ carlton hotel, pasadena

      Following the warm welcome at the airport Catholicos Karekin II and
      his entourage were escorted by the Primate and the greeting committee
      to the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Pasadena, where a host of faithful had
      gathered awaiting the arrival of their Supreme spiritual leader.

      The faithful in attendance greeted the Catholicos with warm applause.
      The Primate once again conveyed his warm greetings to the Pontiff and
      invited him to bless the attendees. His Holiness extended his
      Pontifical blessings from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to the

      * *

      */REVISED /Schedule*

      *Transporting Parishioners to Pontifical Divine Liturgy*

      * *

      *Sunday, June 5, 2005*


      * *

      *Name of Church*


      * *


      * *

      *Telephone No.*

      * *

      *Time Departing*

      St. John Garabed

      Armenian Apostolic Church

      1201 North Vine Street

      Hollywood, CA 90038


      2:00 p.m.

      St. James

      Armenian Apostolic Church

      4950 West Slauson Avenue

      Los Angeles, CA 9056


      1:30 p.m.


      Armenian Apostolic Church

      3325 North Glenoaks Blvd.

      Burbank, CA 91504


      1:30 p.m.

      St. Sarkis

      Armenian Apostolic Church

      700 South La Verne Avenue

      Los Angeles, CA 90022


      2:00 p.m.

      St. Kevork

      Armenian Apostolic Church

      1434 West Kenneth Road

      Glendale, CA 91201


      2:00 p.m.

      St. Gregory

      Armenian Apostolic Church

      2215 East Colorado Blvd.

      Pasadena, CA 91107


      1:30 p.m.

      St. Peter

      Armenian Apostolic Church

      17231 Sherman Way

      Van Nuys, CA 91406


      1:00 p.m.

      St. Mary

      Armenian Apostolic Church

      148 East 22nd Street

      Costa Mesa, CA 92627


      2:00 p.m.


      June 1, 2005
      Burbank, California


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