Catholicos Karekin II to Visit US

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71ff7eb0-557e-4e05-aff1-22e268cb74a6ECHMIADZIN — Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, will visit the United States this fall to preside over several events.

The primates of the Armenian Church dioceses of North America — Archbishop Khajag Barsamian (Eastern), Archbishop Hovnan Derderian (Western), and Bishop Abgar Hovakimian (Canada) — and the president of the Armenian General Benevolent Union (AGBU), Berge Setrakian, have invited Karekin II to convene the next meeting of the Supreme Spiritual Council in New York.

This will mark the first time the Supreme Spiritual Council has convened outside of Armenia.

In a separate meeting, the catholoicos will lead a joint meeting of the Supreme Spiritual Council, the three executive councils of the North American dioceses, and the executive board of the AGBU.

On Sunday, October 30, a Divine Liturgy honoring the 17th anniversary of the catholicos’ enthronement as Catholicos of All Armenians will be held at St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral in New York. A banquet will follow services in the Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium.

On Saturday, November 12, Karekin II will preside over the official opening of the new campus of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in Armonk, NY, which will include the consecration of the seminary’s St. Hagop Chapel, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Karekin I Theological Center.

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Also during his visit, the catholicos will preside over the 89th General Assembly of the AGBU and the celebration of AGBU’s 110th anniversary.