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Dn. Adam Bullock Graduates
May 23, 2022

The 2022 St. Nersess Graduation served as a beautiful reminder of the seminary’s everyday mission – to educate future clergy and lay leaders of the Armenian Church. On Saturday, May 21, guests representing clergy, board of directors, faculty, alumni association,…

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Two St. Nersess Graduates’ Parishes Consecrate Churches
May 10, 2022

It doesn’t happen very often, but in the course of one week, two graduates of the seminary, who were also classmates, each celebrated the consecration of a new church. “To witness the consecration of two churches one week apart, one…

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Upcoming Graduation
May 3, 2022

On Saturday, May 21, St. Nersess Seminary will hold its annual graduation ceremony for its 2022 graduate, Dn. Adam Bullock, who will be earning his Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from St. Nersess Seminary and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary….

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Dean and Seminarians Visit St. James Armenian Church
April 13, 2022

Over the Palm Sunday weekend, Fr. Mardiros Chevian and the seminarians traveled to St. James Armenian Church in Watertown, MA. During their stay, on April 9, they had the opportunity to tour the Armenian Library & Museum of America (ALMA)…

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Seminarians Attend Annual Lenten Retreat
March 29, 2022

The seminarians gathered on Enders Island in Mystic, CT, for their annual Lenten Retreat on March 18-20, led by Dn. Yervant Kutchukian, Spiritual Director, and Professor Roberta Ervine. The theme was “Shifting Perspectives: Seeing what is there and what is not there and acting…

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Seminary Graduate Spends Time With Students
March 29, 2022

Recently, Bishop Vahan Hovhanessian, a 1989 St. Nersess graduate, spent a week on campus with the seminarians. He participated in daily worship services, engaged in discussions with students, and enjoyed meals with students and staff. Vahan Srpazan has launched a…

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Cathedral Avaks Visit Seminary
March 29, 2022

Last Friday, some members of the St. Vartan Cathedral Avaks, together with Fr. Davit Karamyan, Cathedral Vicar, traveled to the seminary to spend time on the campus. The group first gathered in the seminary chapel to worship together with the…

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Youth Choir Workshop to Take Place at St. Nersess This Summer
February 1, 2022

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary is proud to continue its long history of hosting programs for high school students and young adults. This year, we are adding a choir workshop for boys and girls ages 13-18. The session will take place…

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St. Nersess Deacons’ Training Offered in the Western Diocese
January 13, 2022

The St. Nersess Deacons’ Training Program is tailored to young men who would like to learn to participate in the liturgical services of the Armenian Church as deacons and altar servers. This type of program has been offered by the…

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Seminary Dean Leads Deacons Workshop at St. Leon (Ghevontiants) Armenian Cathedral in CA
January 13, 2022

Last month, Fr. Mardiros Chevian traveled to California to lead a deacons workshop at the invitation of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese and Vice President of the St. Nersess Board of Directors. Held on December 18 at…

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Six Decades and Counting
December 13, 2021

Sixty years of vision, commitment, new ideas, hard work, enthusiasm, prayers, and an abiding faith.Sixty years of leadership, instruction, worship, and formation of seminarians.Sixty years producing 50+ graduates serving the Armenian Church as bishops, priests, deacons and lay ministers here…

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Fall Semester Concludes
December 11, 2021

On Saturday, December 11, the seminary concluded its fall semester with a celebration of Holy Badarak. Fr. Haroutiun Sabounjian, a 2018 seminary graduate and pastor of the Armenian Church of the Holy Resurrection, New Britain, CT, was the guest celebrant….

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Seminary Benefactor Honored
December 6, 2021

In 2015, St. Nersess and Dr. Lucy Balian Rorke-Adams established a Planned Giving Society to encourage donations to the seminary through estate planning. As the founder of the Society, Dr. Rorke-Adams has included the seminary in her will with a…

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A Celebration of 12 Ministries
November 13, 2021

On the evening of November 13, nearly 200 guests filled the grand ballroom of the Old Tappan Manor in New Jersey to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the seminary and honor twelve individuals who hold the distinct honor of being…

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Seminary Benefactor Participates in Ribbon Cutting
November 13, 2021

Following the Board Meeting on November 13, Dean Shahinian, former St. Nersess Board member and longtime seminary supporter, enjoyed a ribbon cutting and blessing of the Recreation Complex, which he donated earlier this year. Bishop Daniel Findikyan, Fr. Mardiros Chevian,…

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Board of Directors Meet
November 13, 2021

Members of the St. Nersess Board of Directors met the morning of November 13 in the St. Nersess Library for their semi-annual board meeting. The meeting was presided over by Bishop Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese and President…

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Annual Yn. Diane Chevian Choir Training Program Announced
October 29, 2021

A new choir program will be launched next summer at St. Nersess as a result of the generosity of so many friends and family who have donated in memory of Yn. Diane Chevian, beloved wife of Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean. …

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2021 Fall Semester Has Begun
September 14, 2021

The fall semester has begun at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. “We are happy to welcome back our new and returning students for the fall semester,” announced the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean. While all the students are engaged in coursework…

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In Memoriam: Yeretzgin Diane Vidian Chevian (1953-2021)
September 13, 2021

With profound sadness, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary mourns the passing of Yn. Diane Vidian Chevian, a beloved wife and mother, life-time member of the Armenian Church, and an educator, who passed away on September 11. She was 67. She was…

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Dr. Ervine to Present New Lecture Series
September 9, 2021

St. Nersess Seminary is offering two new Fall online lecture series on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00 pm EST. The first series, taught by Prof. Ervine, is entitled, “A Slow Transition to Cilicia: The Armenian Church in the 11th-13th Centuries”. It runs…

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St. Nersess Offers In-Person Deacons’ Training Program and High School Summer Conference
August 24, 2021

Participants were all smiles as they returned to the St. Nersess campus for the Deacons’ Training Program on August 1 – 7 and High School Summer Conference on August 8 – 14. Co-Directed by Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean, and Dn….

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St. Nersess to Honor First 12
June 8, 2021

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary will be celebrating its 60th Anniversary on November 13 at a special banquet which will honor the vocations of the first 12 priests who graduated from St. Nersess and St. Vladimir’s Seminaries and were ordained. The…

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Ordination of Dn. Michael Sabounjian
May 24, 2021

On June 5th, 2021, by the Grace of God and the consent of the people, His Grace Bishop Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) will ordain and anoint Reverend Deacon Michael Sabounjian to…

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A Beautiful Graduation Day
May 14, 2021

The 2020/2021 St. Nersess Graduation served as a beautiful reminder of the seminary’s everyday mission – to educate future clergy and lay leaders of the Armenian Church. On May 14, in an outdoor ceremony under a festive tent, a limited…

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Ordination of Dn. Timothy Aznavourian
May 12, 2021

St. Nersess is proud to announce that Dn. Timothy Aznavourian, a 2020 graduate, will be ordained to the Holy Order of Priesthood by His Grace Bishop Daniel Findikyan on May 28 – 29. Both the Service of Calling to the…

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Seminarians Participate in Annual Retreat
April 23, 2021

The seminarians gathered on Enders Island in Mystic, CT, for their annual Lenten Retreat (delayed until Eastertide due to the pandemic) on April 16-18, led by Dn. Yervant Kutchukian, Spiritual Director, and Professor Roberta Ervine. The theme was “Jesus calming the storms: recognizing God’s…

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St. Vladimir’s Class Visits the Seminary
April 19, 2021

Students from the Systematic Theology class, taught by Dr. Peter Bouteneff at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, visited St. Nersess on April 19. They joined the seminarians for Vespers in the chapel, followed by a dinner in the Keleshian Dining…

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Latest Ordination to the Priesthood
April 10, 2021

On April 9 and 10, Dn. Albert Hambardzumyan, a 2019 graduate, was ordained to the Holy Order of the Priesthood by His Grace Bishop Daniel Findikyan and was renamed Fr. Guregh. The name was chosen because of the number of…

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Intensive Course Offered to Students of St. Nersess and Holy Etchmiadzin
March 25, 2021

This semester and for the first time, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary used the “Intensive Week,” March 22-25, to host a virtual five-session course for students of St. Nersess and Gevorkian Seminary of Holy Etchmiadzin. The course, entitled “The Psalms in…

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St. Nersess Offers Customized Deacons’ Training Program
March 19, 2021

The seminary has been offering liturgical training to altar servers for over 40 years, including a customized one-on-one deacons’ training program to help subdeacons prepare for ordination to the diaconate. This past March, Dr. Greg Kazanjian, a subdeacon at St….

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Recent Graduate To Be Ordained
March 18, 2021

St. Nersess is proud to announce that Dn. Albert Hambardzumyan, a 2019 graduate, will be ordained to the Holy Order of Priesthood by His Grace Bishop Daniel Findikyan on April 9 and 10. Both the Service of Calling to the…

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Seminary Receives Generous Donation
March 1, 2021

Last month, Dean Shahinian, former St. Nersess Board member and longtime Seminary supporter, became the most recent naming donor on the Armonk campus. He chose the Recreation Complex to honor his parents, Paul and Grace (Jelalian) Shahinian, with a generous…

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12 Vocations Celebrations
February 23, 2021

SAVE THE DATE! 12 VOCATIONS FULFILLING THE PROMISE OF ST. NERSESS ARMENIAN SEMINARY Join us on the evening of SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 13, to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and the vocations of the first 12 priests to…

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St. Nersess Alumnus Publishes New Book
February 1, 2021

The seminary is pleased to announce that a new book, written by St. Nersess Alumnus Fr. Garabed Kochakian, was recently published by the Eastern Diocese. Tending the Flock of God offers clergy insights into parish ministry and guides lay ministers, Church…

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Spring Semester Begins
January 11, 2021

The seminarians began their Spring semester on January 11. Last week, they practiced their nushkhark making skills with Fr. Daniel Karadjian, instructor of Practical Liturgics and pastor of St. Stepanos Armenian Church, Long Branch, NJ. On January 13, Bishop Daniel…

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Merry Christmas
December 21, 2020

Dear Friend, In this season of gratitude, we are reminded of your commitment to St. Nersess and your support of our education. We pray you will have a blessed New Year and a joyous Theophany – the celebration of God’s…

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Fall Semester Concludes
December 20, 2020

On Saturday, December 12, the seminary concluded its Fall semester with a celebration of Badarak on the Feast of St. James of Nisibis (St. Hagop). Fr. Hakob Gevorgyan, pastor of Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cheltenham, PA, was the guest celebrant and…

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Christmas Message
December 15, 2020

Dear Friend,In this season of gratitude, we are reminded of your commitment to St. Nersess and your support of our education. We pray you will have a blessed New Year and a joyous Theophany – the celebration of God’s revelation…

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Fall semester concludes
December 12, 2020

On Saturday, December 12, the seminary concluded its Fall semester with a celebration of Badarak on the Feast of St. James of Nisibis (St. Hagop). Fr. Hakob Gevorgyan, pastor of Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cheltenham, PA, was the guest…

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Snapshot of Three Recent Graduates
October 18, 2020

Dear St. Nersess Supporter,                In normal times, we would have mailed our annual Fall Appeal asking you to help fund the education of our students – future priests and non-ordained leaders – and support our educational goals for the 2020-21…

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Nobel Peace Prize
October 14, 2020

By: Grace Petoyan, daughter of Archpriest Fr. Sarkis Petoyan, St. Gregory Armenian Church, Pasadena, CAThe Nobel Peace Prize is an award for people who have done or are doing an act to improve the world. There are many people who deserve…

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Fall Semester Begins with a Student from the Western Diocese
September 22, 2020

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary began its fall semester on August 24. “We are happy to welcome back our seminarians and two new students who will study for service in the Armenian Church,” remarked the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, Dean.This year,…

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Orientation Retreat Held at the Seminary
September 14, 2020

The seminary held its annual orientation retreat on September 11-13 on campus with proper “distancing”. However, the sense of spiritual and brotherly/sisterly closeness permeated. One of the topics was, “What is your brand, your rule of life?” During the discussion,…

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SUCCESSFUL HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER CONFERENCE
July 18, 2020

This summer, the annual High School Summer Conference was held virtually due to COVID-19. Shortened to five days and held online in the evenings from 7pm – 9:30pm, the program ran from July 13 -17 with 30 participants from the…

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SUCCESSFUL DEACONS’ TRAINING PROGRAM
July 3, 2020

This summer, the annual Deacons’ Training Program was held virtually due to COVID-19. Shortened to five days and held online in the evenings from 7pm –9:30pm, the program ran from June 29 – July 3 with 32 participants from the…

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Clergy From Around the Country and Armenia Attend Worship Service
June 30, 2020

Last evening, Tuesday, June 30, St. Nersess Seminary held its final worship service for the academic year. Clergy from the Eastern and Western Dioceses and Armenia joined students and members of the faculty to participate in the Evening Service Երեկոյեան…

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​Recent Graduates Participate in Mini-Internships
June 26, 2020

On May 15, Dn. Timothy Aznavourian and Dn. Armen Terjimanian received their MDiv degrees from St. Nersess Seminary and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary without any fan-fare due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Shortly after, the two graduates began mini-internships for…

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St. Nersess Alumni Celebrate Graduates Virtually
May 20, 2020

Members of the St. Nersess Alumni Association from around the country, along with other clergy, gathered virtually on May 19 to celebrate this year’s graduating class. The evening began with a Vespers service, presided by Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of…

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St. Nersess Featured in Anthropology Article
May 14, 2020

The online academic forum/blog of the Society for Cultural Anthropology published an article written by Dr. Christopher Sheklian, Director at the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center and member of the St. Nersess faculty. The article is called “Communion in…

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Students Participate in Remote Daily Worship Services
April 14, 2020

St. Nersess full-time and part-time students are coming together from their respective locations to worship together through an online video platform. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean, and Dn. Eric Vozzy, a 2017 graduate, are leading daily services in the St. Hagop…

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