BOSTON — Some 300 attendees from parishes throughout the Diocese gathered in the Imperial Ballroom of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on Friday, April 29, to honor several contributors to the Armenian Church and to the greater Armenian community.
Hosted by the Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Cambridge, the Grand Banquet of the 109th Diocesan Assembly was an opportunity to present the 2011 Diocesan awards and celebrate the achievements of the community.
The award for Armenian Church Member of the Year was bestowed upon Sarkis Bedevian of the St. Leon parish of Fair Lawn, NJ, for his lifelong devotion to the betterment of the church in the US and Armenia.
A video presentation told of Bedevian’s journey from his birthplace of Jerusalem to America; his personal story as a self-made businessman and devoted head of a family and of his service and generosity to the Armenian Church — including the construction of a cathedral in Vanadzor, Armenia, which he undertook with his wife, Ruth.
Accepting his award, Bedevian reflected on his life and the influence the church had on him ever since he was a little boy.
“By the age of 5, I was already involved in the St. James Armenian Church in Jerusalem,” said Bedevian. “My mother sewed a shabig for me and I held her hand as we walked to church on Sundays.”