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Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople Shares with St. Nersess
September 26, 2022

Fr. Mardiros Chevian and Hayr Harutyun Damadian The Very Rev. Fr. Harutyun Damadıan, a vartabed from the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, arrived at St. Nersess on September 22. During his extended stay at the seminary until the end of April,…

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Fall Semester Welcomes Four New Students
September 23, 2022

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary began its Fall semester on August 25 with orientation and classes at the seminary and at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary. “We are happy to welcome our seven full-time students who are studying for service in…

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St. Nersess Deacons’ Training Program in Jerusalem
September 6, 2022

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….

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Deacons’ Training Program in Jerusalem
September 1, 2022

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….

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2022 Fall Zoom Public Lecture Series
August 25, 2022

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary is happy to announce its 2022 Fall Public Lecture Series on Zoom on Thursday evenings. All classes are open to the public. To view archived lectures, click here. ZOOM REGISTRATION September 1 – October 6, 2022 at…

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Zhamakirk Available
August 23, 2022

Published in Jerusalem, this new book is a convenient size (4″ x 6″) with clear print and is nicely bound. Great ordination or holiday gift for altar servers!   Cost: $23 (includes shipping). Slightly higher fees apply if ordered online….

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New Altar Servers Attend Deacons’ Training Program
August 23, 2022

From July 24 to July 31, the Deacons’ Training Program in Armonk, NY, welcomed 19 young men from the Eastern and Western Dioceses, including two young men, Arin Parsanian and Zareh Mirzayan. They are both returning to St. Nersess in…

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2nd Annual Deacons’ Training Program Held in Western Diocese
August 23, 2022

For the second summer, the Western Diocese offered a St. Nersess Deacons’ Training Program at Hye Camp in Dunlap, CA, from August 7-13. It was organized and directed by Fr. Gomidas Zohrabian, pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church…

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New St. Nersess Icons Consecrated
August 1, 2022

Last month, during the Deacons’ Training Program, a special service was held to consecrate two new icons in the St. Hagop Chapel: St. Nersess the Graceful and St. Nersess the Great. Officiating at the ceremony was Bishop Daniel Findikyan, who…

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Another Successful High School Summer Conference!
July 22, 2022

The highly anticipated and popular High School Summer Conference took place July 11 – 17, with teenagers representing nine parishes across the Eastern and Western Dioceses in attendance. They arrived on campus ready to embrace their faith and discuss important…

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Successful Inaugural Youth Choir Workshop!
July 15, 2022

The inaugural Yn. Diane Chevian Memorial Youth Choir Workshop took place July 7-10 at the seminary and was a great success thanks to the capable staff who led the program and the 18 eager teenagers, ages 13-17, who attended from…

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Support the Seminary Today!
June 8, 2022

Spring 2022 Dear Friend,Strength can be felt in many ways. We have seen strength in our students, strength in our faculty, and strength in supporters like you. Your heartfelt and generous support has strengthened our mission in another year like…

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Another Beautiful Graduation Day
May 25, 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, over 60 guests representing clergy, board of directors, faculty,…

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Board of Directors Hold Semi-Annual Meeting
May 24, 2022

On May 21, prior to the graduation ceremony, the Board of Directors met in the St. Nersess Library for their semi-annual meeting. The meeting was presided over by the new primate of the Eastern Diocese, the Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop…

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Dean Attends Memorial Requiem for Canon Robert Wright
May 20, 2022

On May 19, a Memorial Eucharist in Memory of the Rev. Canon Dr. J. Robert Wright, a longtime friend and supporter of the Armenian Church, was held at the General Theological Seminary in New York City. Representing St. Nersess Armenian…

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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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