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New Director of Vocational Awareness to Speak at Deacons’ Training Program
June 18, 2024

Recently, Bishop Mesrop Parsamyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, appointed Fr. Krikor Sabounjian, a St. Nersess board member and pastor of the Armenian Church of the Holy Translators in Framingham, MA, as the Director of Vocational Awareness for the Eastern…

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Honoring Fr. Karekin Kasparian on his 50th Anniversary of Ordination
June 13, 2024

Last month, family, friends, and clergy gathered at St. Nersess Seminary to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Fr. Karekin Kasparian’s ordination to the priesthood. Bishop Mesrop Parsamyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, presided. In addition to his ministry, Fr. Karekin…

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Board of Directors Hold Fiscal and Academic Year-End Meeting
June 13, 2024

On May 17, prior to this year’s graduation ceremony, the board of directors met in the St. Nersess Library for their fiscal and academic year-end meeting. The meeting was presided over by both Bishop Mesrop Parsamyan, Primate of the Eastern…

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Beautiful Commencement Ceremony
May 28, 2024

The 2024 St. Nersess Graduation served as a beautiful reminder of the seminary’s everyday mission – to educate future clergy and lay ministers of the Armenian Church of North America. On Friday, May 17, clergy, board of directors, faculty, students,…

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Faculty Member Speaks at International Conference
May 22, 2024

Earlier this month, Dr. Ani Shahinian represented St. Nersess Armenian Seminary at the 59th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI. Held May 9 -11, on the 599th anniversary of Xlat‘ec‘i’s martyrdom, Dr. Shahinian explored the “Armenian Menologium (Yaysmawurk’)…

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Upcoming 2024 Graduation Ceremony
May 7, 2024

On Friday, May 17, the seminary will hold its annual graduation ceremony for its 2024 graduate, Dn. Garen Hamamjian, who will be earning his Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from St. Nersess Seminary and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Bishop…

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Clergy Workshop
April 25, 2024

In mid-April, the seminary hosted an in-person/Zoom continuing education course for seminarians and clergy. Entitled Prepare/Enrich, the one-day course offered participants marriage and pre-marital counseling certification. The highly acclaimed workshop provided tools to clergy to work with couples to improve…

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Coming this Fall!
April 22, 2024

A New Accredited Course at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary for Students of St. Nersess and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary Armenian Christian Art & Theology: Studies on Martyrs & Martyrdoms in Image and Text Instructor: Dr. Ani Shahinian, Assistant Professor…

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Seminarians Travel to St. John Armenian Church for Palm Sunday
April 11, 2024

Over the Palm Sunday weekend, March 22 -24, Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean, Dn. Yervant Kutchukian, spiritual director, and the seminarians traveled to St. John Armenian Church in Southfield, MI, where they were treated to a packed but fulfilling schedule, thanks…

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Join the Seminarians for Morning Worship Service
April 10, 2024

Spring Semester Dates! Fridays at 8:00 am February 2, 9, 16, 23 March 1, 8, 15 April 5, 12, 19 Click here for the Zoom link.

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Seminary Presents at Two Events in the Western Diocese
March 19, 2024

With the blessing of Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese and Vice-President of the St. Nersess Board of Directors, the Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean, traveled to the Western Diocese in California earlier this month. His trip included a…

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Hagop and Satenig Ouzoonian – Pillars of Generosity and Faith
March 19, 2024

It is important to remember the names Hagop and Satenig Ouzoonian, two individuals St. Nersess Seminary will always be grateful to for their unwavering generosity and devotion. Their story is not merely one of material endowment but a testament to…

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Course in Essentials of Church Management
March 15, 2024

Recently, the seminarians concluded their “Essentials of Church Management” intensive course with student presentations on important topics. Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean, who taught the Friday morning class, highlighted the topics of the four-week course, including: Mission-Driven Church Management, Networking and…

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Annual Lenten Retreat
March 4, 2024

The seminarians gathered on Enders Island in Mystic, CT, for their annual Lenten retreat, led by Dn. Yervant Kutchukian, Spiritual Director, and Professor Roberta Ervine. The theme was “Growing your Oil: Being Living Lamps” drawn from the parable of the…

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Faculty Member and Seminarian Speak at St. Gregory the Enlightener
February 27, 2024

On Sunday, February 25, seminarian Dn. Garen Hamamjian gave the homily at St. Gregory the Enlightener Armenian Church in White Plains, NY. He spoke about the Gospel reading of the Prodigal Son, inspiring the parishioners to consider the central point…

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Hokehankisd Held for Haig Didizian
January 23, 2024

On the one-year anniversary of his passing, Haig Hagop Didizian, seminary benefactor, was remembered during a Requiem Service/Hokehankisd by the St. Nersess community. The Very Rev. Fr. Anania Tsaturyan, staff bearer to His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians,…

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Seminary Dean Makes Presentation at ACYO Convention
January 23, 2024

Over the January 12-14 weekend, Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean, traveled to St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church in Pasadena, CA, to attend the annual ACYO Annual General Convention and Assembly of the Western Diocese. His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate…

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Seminary Faculty Present Nationally and Internationally
December 28, 2023

The seminary’s faculty members were very active during the Fall semester. In addition to teaching weekly classes and engaging with our students and offering online lectures and workshops to clergy and the public, the faculty also represented the seminary at…

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Three Seminarians Ordained as Subdeacons
December 28, 2023

On Sunday, December 24, three seminarians – Arin Parsanian, Zareh Mirzayan, Karo Boyadzhyan – were ordained to the rank of subdeacon by Abp. Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese and Vice-President of the St. Nersess Board of Directors at…

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ANNOUNCING THE 2024 SUMMER CONFERENCE DATES
December 20, 2023

Deacons’ Training Program: Friday, June 28 to Sunday, July 7 High School Summer Conference: Saturday, July 20 to Sunday, July 28 Yn. Diane Chevian Memorial Youth Choir Workshop: Wednesday, July 31 to Sunday, August 4 Details and Registration coming soon!…

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Fall Semester Concludes
December 20, 2023

On Saturday, December 16, the seminary concluded its Fall semester with a celebration of the Holy Badarak in the St. Hagop Chapel. Fr. Norayr Kazazian was the guest celebrant and offered the homily. This Divine Liturgy is held every year…

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St. Vladimir’s Seminarians Visit St. Nersess
December 14, 2023

On December 14, the St. Nersess seminarians welcomed a group of Oriental Orthodox seminarians from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. Together, they participated in the evening service in the chapel and enjoyed dinner in the dining hall.

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The Gift that Keeps on Giving!
December 11, 2023

Starting in the early 20th century and even today, companies have advertised their brand as “the gift that keeps on giving.” They use the phrase to describe their product as something that continues to provide benefits or advantages over an…

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Seminarian Learns Iconography over Thanksgiving Break
December 6, 2023

Over the Thanksgiving holiday break, seminarian Karo Boyadzhyan traveled to St. John Armenian Church to meet with the Rev. Fr. Garabed Kochakian, a seminary graduate and former pastor of St. John, to study Armenian Christian Art history and painting of…

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New Scholarship Established in Memory of Marcus Mamourian
December 6, 2023

Recently, a scholarship was established for students preparing for priesthood at St. Nersess Seminary, thanks to the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. Alexander and Pamela Mamourian who tragically lost their son in 2022. Marcus Mamourian was born in New Hampshire…

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Seminary Receives Competitive Grant from the Lilly Endowment
November 30, 2023

Recently, St. Nersess Armenian Seminary has received a grant from the Lilly Endowment through its Compelling Preaching Initiative. The grant will enable the seminary to work with Armenian clergy throughout our Eastern and Western Dioceses to strengthen their preaching, and…

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Spirits Soar at 12 Vocations: Broadening the Call
November 20, 2023

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nh-pPaJHiKE 12 Vocations: Broadening the Call VIDEO Click here to view all DONORS in the Banquet Booklet and Addendum Click here to view PHOTOS by Jebejian Images On the evening of November 4, over 200 guests from near and far…

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NEW! Join the Seminarians for Worship During Arevakal/Sunrise Service
November 20, 2023

Fridays at 8:00 am October 20, 27 November 3, 10, 17 December 1, 8 CLICK HERE for the Zoom link.

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Assistant Professor Gives Inaugural Lecture
November 6, 2023

On Friday evening, October 27, the seminary community including faculty members from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, gathered for the inaugural lecture and reception for Dr. Ani Shahinian, the assistant professor of the Grace and Paul Shahinian Lectureship in Armenian…

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Seminarian Attends National Council of Churches Gathering
November 6, 2023

By Dn. Garen Hamamjian Last month, I represented St. Nersess Seminary at the 2023 Christian Unity Gathering in Nashville, TN, organized by the National Council of Churches (NCC). The event began on the evening of October 9 with a beautiful…

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Intensive Week Lectures Open to the Public
October 26, 2023

St. Nersess Seminary is pleased to invite the public to join our students from October 30 through November 2, for a four-day hybrid, intensive course on The Liturgical Books, taught by Rev. Fr. Arshen Aivazian, a long-time pastor, a former dean…

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Two-Part Public Lecture
October 15, 2023

October 18 & 20 at 7pm St. Nersess Armenian Seminary will host Dr. Ruth Gornandt, postdoc researcher at the University of Oxford in historical and systematic theology, this week when she offers two lectures at the seminary. She obtained her…

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Seminary Welcomes New Faculty Member
October 4, 2023

This fall semester, the seminary welcomed Dr. Ani Shahinian, who will serve as an assistant professor of the Grace and Paul Shahinian Lectureship in Armenian Christian Art and Culture. Her position is being fully funded by Mr. Dean Shahinian, Esq,…

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Orientation Retreat Held at the Ararat Center
September 25, 2023

The seminary held its annual orientation retreat over the weekend of September15-17 at the Ararat Center in Greenville, NY. A sense of spiritual and brotherly/sisterly closeness permeated. The topics for this year’s retreat were drawn from St. Nersess Shnorhali’s words…

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St. Nersess Deacons’ Training Program Held in the Western Diocese
September 18, 2023

For the third summer, a St. Nersess Deacons’ Training Program was offered in the Western Diocese at Hye Camp in Dunlap, CA, from August 6-12. It was organized and directed by Fr. Gomidas Zohrabian, pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator…

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Fall Semester Welcomes a New Student and New Assistant Professor
August 31, 2023

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary began its Fall semester this week with orientation and classes at the seminary and at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. “We are happy to welcome back our full-time students and a new student who are studying…

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Remembering Aida K. Pisani
August 23, 2023

St. Nersess faculty, students and staff continue to grieve the untimely passing of our dear Aida, who was our librarian, a valued member of our faculty, and a beloved friend in our St. Nersess family.    Aida Karabatzakian was born…

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Two Seminarians Become Ouraragirs
August 23, 2023

On August 6, Abp. Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese and vice president of the board of directors, elevated four altar servers to the rank of stolebearer (ouraragir) at the St. Leon (Ghevontiants) Armenian Cathedral in Burbank, CA, including…

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60th Anniversary of the Summer Conferences Remembered During the High School Session
August 23, 2023

From July 22 – 30, the seminary welcomed high school students to the annual High School Summer Conference. This year, participants represented the three North American dioceses – Western, Eastern and Canadian- as well as Jerusalem, and hailed from parishes…

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Another Successful Youth Choir Workshop!
July 23, 2023

The second annual Yn. Diane Chevian Memorial Youth Choir Workshop welcomed 16 new and returning musically talented students ages 13-17 from the Eastern Diocese on July 5-9. These eager participants were excited to represent their parishes along with a capable…

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Altar Servers Attend Deacons’ Training Program at the Seminary
July 17, 2023

From June 23 to July 2, the Deacons’ Training Program in Armonk, NY, welcomed 24 young men from the Eastern, Western, and Canadian Dioceses, including Karo Boyadzhyan from California, who will begin his Master of Divinity degree at St. Nersess…

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St. Nersess Seminary Prepares to Honor its Second Group of 12 Alumni
July 16, 2023

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary is proud to have an active alumni network of clergy and lay ministers who lead and serve the Armenian Church in North America, with love and humility. To honor that service, the seminary will highlight the…

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Seminarians from the Western Diocese Return to their Diocese for Summer Activities
July 7, 2023

His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese, welcomed four seminarians home at the diocesan headquarters, as they are back in California for the summer. Pictured (left to right) are Karo Boyadzhyan, who will begin classes at St….

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The Dean’s Garden
July 7, 2023

The dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, Fr. Mardiros Chevian, has been planting a vegetable and herb garden in the Dean’s Garden at the seminary for the past several years! The Dean’s Garden is located in the yard of the…

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Graduation Day 2023
May 25, 2023

The 2023 St. Nersess Graduation served as a beautiful reminder of the seminary’s everyday mission – to educate future clergy and lay ministers of the Armenian Church of North America. On Saturday, May 20, clergy, board of directors, faculty, students,…

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Board of Directors Hold Fiscal and Academic Year-End Meeting
May 25, 2023

On May 20, prior to the graduation ceremony, the board of directors met in the St. Nersess Library for their fiscal and academic year-end meeting. The meeting was presided over by the Primate of the Eastern Diocese, the Very Rev….

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Support our Spring Appeal
May 16, 2023

Each Spring, we ask you to remember and support the seminary with a donation to our Spring Appeal. Donations can be made here. Dear Friend, As the 2022-23 academic and fiscal years end in May, I write to thank you…

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CPR Class at the Seminary
May 16, 2023

On May 11, the St. Nersess students became certified in Heartsaver CPR/AED, which is for individuals with little or no medical training. Dn. Diran Jebejian, seminary board member and parishioner of St. Leon Armenian Church, Fair Lawn, NJ, taught the…

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Dean Presents at the Diocesan Assembly
May 14, 2023

On Saturday, May 6, Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean, made a short presentation about St. Nersess Seminary to the 121st Diocesan Assembly of the Eastern Diocese held at the Dallas/Plano Marriott at Legacy Town Center, in Plano, TX, and hosted by…

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Save the Date
May 6, 2023

SAVE THE DATE ! 12 VOCATIONS BROADENING THE CALL THE ONGOING PROMISE OF ST. NERSESS SEMINARY Join us on the evening of SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, to celebrate the vocations of the next 12 priests and lay ministers who studied at…

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