Celebrating the New St. Nersess Armenian Seminary Campus

Celebrating the New St. Nersess Armenian Seminary Campus

“After years of planning, dedication and faith, supporters of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary will celebrate the seminary’s move to its new Armonk, New York campus on November 22, 2015 at the Rockleigh Country Club in Rockleigh, New Jersey,” states fundraising chair Haig Ariyan. “The Sunday evening banquet, which will be presided over by His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese and President of the St. Nersess Board of Directors, will honor grand benefactors Haig and Elza Didizian of London, England. Through their generosity and vision, a new chapel and the Karekin I Theological Center, which will include offices, classrooms and a library, are being constructed. The new facility will provide seminarians a place to learn, study, and prepare for service in the Armenian Church for years to come.”

The St. Nersess Board of Directors cordially invites clergy, alumni, faculty, summer conference alumni, and supporter and friends of the seminary to attend the gala dinner. Since its founding 54 years ago, St. Nersess has continued to provide clergy and lay leaders to the Armenian Church throughout America and the world. This has been achieved while respecting and perpetuating the ancient traditions of our Armenian Church. In addition to the thorough curriculum and course work required to graduate, the seminary has recently added unique offerings, including an Acculturation Program for priests from abroad, as well as specialized workshops for clergy already serving as parish priests.

The banquet has been fully underwritten by a generous donor. Tickets are $200 each, and all ticket sales will directly benefit St. Nersess Seminary’s mission and operations. In addition, a commemorative booklet honoring the seminary’s history and recognizing its donors will be published for the event. All supporters of the seminary are encouraged to donate to the booklet as all proceeds will benefit the seminary. Invitation and booklet donation information can be found on the seminary’s website,

Cocktails will begin at 6pm followed by dinner at 7pm. There will be a short program which will include a tribute to the seminary’s proud history and to Mr. and Mrs. Didizian. The banquet committee is being chaired by Nadine Ariyan and Lucie Bandazian.

St. Nersess seminarians will be available in Armonk on November 22 from 3-5pm for anyone wishing to see the progress on the new campus prior to the banquet. The official opening and ribbon cutting of the new facility will take place in the spring.

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