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Is God Calling You?

When God calls people to serve the church today, He speaks to them in a surprising variety of ways. In Chronicles of the Call you will read stories of how God has called people past and present to serve Him. Or check out our Resources for Vocations, Points of Light, and FAQ’s.

Chronicles of the Call

The Bible is filled with stories of God calling out to men and women. Often speaking to them very directly and dramatically, God made his will known to Noah, to Moses and Aaron, to Isaiah, to Samuel, to Esther, to Mary the Mother of God, to the apostles, and to many others in the Bible.

When God calls people to serve the church today, he speaks to them in a surprising variety of ways. Some have actually heard God’s voice. Some have perceived God’s will in a dream. Others have had an experience of God’s presence that was so powerful that God’s will became obvious to them. Many have heard the call indirectly through the words of friends, family or even strangers.

In these Chronicles of the Call you will read stories of how God has called people past and present to serve Him. Each chronicle is unique, yet you will discern traits that are common to each story. Read carefully. God may be calling you.

Clergy and St. Nersess Alumni

Click links to read each story.

Flip A Coin

Bishop Daniel Findikyan

A Calling To The Truth

Rev. Fr. Arsen Barsamian

An Unexpected Call From God

Rev. Fr. Diran Bohajian

From Sales To Souls

Rev. Fr. Shnork Souin

God’s Constant Call To Become A Priest

Rev. Fr. Garabed Kochakian

Going With The Current Of God’s Call

V. Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian

Serve Your Church

Rev. Fr. Tateos Abdalian

The Inspiration Of My Teachers

Rev. Fr. Untzag Nalbandian

Resources for Vocations and Church Ministry

Return to these pages regularly for a growing variety of resources on the theme of ministry, priesthood, vocation, and discerning God’s call. From sermons and spiritual reflections to essays and articles, these pages are intended to help you better understand how God is calling men and women to serve Him in the Armenian Church.

An Interview with the Director of Youth & Vocations

Rev. Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian

Are You Listening?

Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian

His Invitation is Still: ‘Follow Me’

Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian

The Armenian Sacrament of Ordination to the Holy Priesthood

Bishop Daniel Findikyan

The Armenian Service of Calling to the Holy Priesthood

Bishop Daniel Findikyan

The Call

Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian

To Choose or to be Chosen

Points of Light

When we speak about the Armenian priest and his pastoral ministry, quite often we think of him as primarily a liturgical functionary on Sundays or as someone who is preoccupied with administrative duties in the parish. There are, however, many points of light in the Armenian Church, small miracles that occur on a daily basis in the lives of Armenian clergy.

These vignettes have been selected from the booklet, Points of Light, published by St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in 1993. A limited number are available for purchase. Write to for ordering information.

A Prayer In The Car

Abp. Hovnan Derderian

All That The Father Gives Me Will Come To Me (John 6:37)

Fr. Shnork Kasparian

Go In Peace, Darling

Fr. Arnak Kasparian

A Match To Light Our Worship

Fr. Vazken Movsessian

A True Story Of Christmas

Rev. Fr. Kevork Arakelian

An Open Door To The Kingdom

Rev. Fr. Garabed Kochakian

Baptism In A Shack

Bishop Sebouh Tchouljian

Blessing Of A Factory

Rev. Fr. Arten Ashjian

Confirmed In The Spirit

Rev. Fr. Mesrob Sarafian

He Gave His Life for Us

Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian

It Is Worth All The Trouble

Rev. Fr. Yeghia Hairabedian

Prayerful Care Of Souls

Rev. Fr. Karekin Kasparian

The Blind Man

V. Rev. Fr. Krikor Maksoudian

Warming Up Without Heat

Rev. Fr. Tateos Abdalian