BY SETA A. BUCHTER
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — “Parishioner of the Year,” Deacon James M. Kalustian was feted at the Annual Church Banquet of Holy Trinity Armenian Church held on Sunday, October 18.
The Divine Liturgy and the day’s program were presided over by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), who also offered the homily. Rev. Martiros Hakobyan, Pastor of St. Kevork Armenian Church in Houston Texas, and a close friend of Kalustian, celebrated the Divine Liturgy. During the morning, Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian, Pastor of Holy Trinity Church, led the archbishop to a special visit with the students of the Sunday School. During this warm exchange, the archbishop shared his thoughts on the various topics covered in each grade.
Following church services, the beautifully decorated Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall was filled with 225 area clergy from New England, parishioners, friends, family and guests who came together to honor Deacon James M. Kalustian, a devoted and dedicated son of the Holy Trinity parish, the Armenian Church and the Armenian community, to celebrate the 54th anniversary of the consecration of Holy Trinity Church on Brattle Street, and to recognize two outgoing Parish Council members and two outgoing Diocesan Delegates.
Daniel K. Dorian, vice chairman of Holy Trinity’s Parish Council, served as Master of Ceremonies. The afternoon’s program was a wonderful and fitting tribute to Deacon Jim Kalustian who has worked tirelessly for his parish, and the Armenian Church and community — both nationally and internationally – and whose leadership and dedication have made a difference.
Dr. Albert Kalustian, offered the toast in honor of his brother, stating that “Other than golf, the most important things in Jim’s life are family, church and the Armenian community. I believe that for Jim these are all synonymous, as he considers the church and the Armenian community part of his family. So Jim, congratulations and may God give you the strength, wisdom and health to continue to work for your family for many years to come.”