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New Director of Vocational Awareness to Speak at Deacons’ Training Program

New Director of Vocational Awareness to Speak at Deacons’ Training Program

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 Diocese. In this role, Der Krikor will be leading the effort of clergy recruitment and spreading awareness of priesthood as a vocation, especially this summer at all diocesan camps and seminary summer sessions.

Fr. Krikor spoke at the Diocesan Assembly in Springfield, MA, in early May and was present at the ACYOA Senior General Assembly over the Memorial Day Weekend in Chicago, IL, where he shared an overview of his role and the formula for effective clergy recruitment. “Today as we speak, we need a minimum of between 5 to 10 ordained clergymen to fill the immediate needs of our Diocese,” shared Der Krikor. He was joined by Fr. Mardiros Chevian, dean, at both gatherings.

In early July, during the Deacons’ Training Program at St. Nersess, Fr. Krikor will be making his first presentation to the participants to help them understand a possible career path to the priesthood or lay ministry. “As Christians, God calls each of us to a ministry for the building up of the Body of Christ. You need to open your hearts to see what God is calling you to and whether it might just be to Priesthood in the Armenian Church,” exclaimed Der Krikor. He will return to speak to the participants of the seminary’s High School Summer Conference and Youth Choir Workshop and will also speak to campers at St. Vartan Camp in Greenville, NY, and Hye Camp in the mid-west throughout July and August.