By Taleel Babayan
NEW YORK — More than 150 guests — among them former parishioners, fellow clergy and friends — gathered in Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America on Tuesday, May 18, to bid a fond farewell to the Diocesan vicar general, the Very Rev. Haigazoun Najarian.
Najarian will travel to Europe next month to assume the office of Pontifical Legate of Central Europe and Sweden. Based in Vienna, Austria, he will tend to the spiritual needs of the Armenian communities in more than a dozen countries.
Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, had proposed the move earlier this year.
During the May 18 reception, friends and colleagues shared memories of their time with Najarian in a relaxed atmosphere, and wished him luck in his new position.
Archbishop Yeghishe Gizirian, former Primate of the United Kingdom, said he had the opportunity to get to know Najarian when he visited the Diocese on major feast days. He said Najarian has been a dedicated priest in the Eastern Diocese and will continue to serve the Armenian Church in Europe.