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Seminarian to Undertake Mission of Love to Armenia
December 1, 2022

Moved by an encounter of two struggling Armenian children last summer in Armenia, seminarian Arin Parsanian felt it is his duty to take action and help more children in need there. Over the seminary’s upcoming winter break, Arin will travel…

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St. Nersess Theological Review Resumes Publication
December 1, 2022

In mid-November, the Catholic University of America Press highlighted three new academic journals that will debut in 2023. One of the journals, the St. Nersess Theological Review (SNTR), was promoted on their website. As the scholarly publication of St. Nersess…

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Board of Directors Meet
November 22, 2022

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 the V. Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan, Primate of the Eastern…

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St. Vladimir’s Professor and Students Visit Seminary
November 21, 2022

On November 9, Dr. Peter Bouteneff, professor of Systematic Theology at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and students from his class, visited St. Nersess Seminary for their annual gathering. The professor’s course explores the relationship between the Eastern and Oriental…

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Students Attend ACYOA Senior Fall Retreat
November 18, 2022

Over the November 11-13 weekend, three seminary students – Dn. Garen Hamamjian, Zareh Mirzayan, and Vardan Sargsyan – attended the Eastern Diocese ACYOA Seniors Fall Retreat at Camp Washington in Lakeside, CT. The Retreat’s theme, “Seeking Purpose,” resonated with all…

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Walking Together Through Challenging Places: the Companionship Model for Providing Supportive Care
November 7, 2022

A two-day workshop for priests, deacons, seminarians, and lay people in ministry. December 2: 9:30am – 12:30pm and 1:30pm – 4:30pm December 3: 9:00am – 11:00am and 11:30am – 12:30pm St. Nersess Seminary is pleased to offer a two-day workshop…

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Vocal Training at the Seminary
October 31, 2022

This semester, the seminary is offering weekly voice training classes, thanks to the generosity of seminary benefactor Dean Shahinian, Esq.  Private voice lessons are offered to any student or member of the faculty or staff who would like to improve…

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PhD Candidate Returns to the Seminary
October 28, 2022

During the Fall of 2019, St. Nersess Seminary opened its doors to PhD students who were seeking to take classes at the seminary to support their research and advanced degrees at other institutions. One of these students is Ani Shahinian,…

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Pop-Up Lecture Monday, October 24 at 7pm
October 22, 2022

St. Nersess Armenian Seminary invites you to a pop-up lecture on Monday, October 24 at 7pm with Ani Shahinian, an Oxford PhD candidate and frequent visitor of the seminary where she receives guidance in completing her research. Ani is one…

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Western Diocese Hosts Deacons’ Workshop
October 12, 2022

On Saturday, October 8, His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese and Vice President of the St. Nersess Board of Directors, and the Deacons Council of the Western Diocese hosted a day long Deacons’ Workshop at its…

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Support Our Seminary This Fall!
October 6, 2022

Dear St. Nersess Supporter, As we progress through the Fall Semester, I would like to share how your support continues to benefit our seminarians in their education and how our programs reach many beyond our campus. We have seven full-time…

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Strolling with the Dean – An Ancient Custom Introduced at Our Seminary
October 5, 2022

It is customary in some of our monasteries for clergy to “jemel” or to stroll in discussion. This often takes place after evening services. It is from that verb that we get the word “jemaran”, a word for seminary.  This…

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Orientation Retreat Held at the Ararat Center
October 5, 2022

The seminary held its annual orientation retreat on September 16-18, continuing the tradition of spending it at the Ararat Center, in Greenville, NY. A sense of spiritual and brotherly/sisterly closeness permeated throughout the weekend, with the key theme, “Where does…

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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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2022 Fall Zoom Public Lecture Series
September 7, 2022

Join our 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 October 13 – December 1, 2022 at 7pm An Introduction to Medieval Armenian Poetry,…

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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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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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