Deacons’ Training Program in Jerusalem
The long-awaited pilgrimage to Jerusalem, postponed from 2020, took place August 1-15, 2022. With the blessing of His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, ten altar servers from both the Eastern and Western Dioceses gathered at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary for the journey of a lifetime. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean, selected and led the group of deacons and sub-deacons to study the most integral week of the Armenian Liturgical calendar, Avak Shapat, at the seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The program was generously funded by the following donors – Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mardigian, Mr. David and Dr. Myrna Onanian, Mr. and Mrs. Gregory and Meline Toufayan, and Dale Chakarian Turza. Click to read reflections from the participants.