Primate Travels to Florida to Celebrate Priest’s Decade of Service


By Marylynda Bozian-Cruickshank

Special to the Mirror-Spectator

BOCA RATON, Fla. — On Sunday, January 15, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church, visited St. David’s Armenian Church here to perform a special mass to honor the 10th ordination anniversary of Rev. Paren Galstyan.

The church was overflowing with parishioners and guests who had traveled from afar, as they came to witness this occasion.

Galstyan is a native of Armenia and was ordained in Holy Echmiadzin in 2006, and after a year of work in the Chancellery of the Mother See, he was sent to St George’s Armenian Church of Illinois, and then subsequently to St. David in 2014. He is married to Lusine Simonyan and they have two sons, Aren and Grigor.

Barsamian, after speaking about the many attributes of Galstyan, gifted him with a special blessed lanchakhatch (cross necklace).

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As the Primate was giving his sermon, one of the many topics he discussed was the role of women in the Armenian Church. He spoke about the growing number of women who graduate from St. Nersess Seminary, who eventually go on to help the Diocese and the Armenian Church, in significant roles.

Barsamian also ordained five altar servers: alter boys, Grigor Galstyan, Aren Galstyan, and Varujan Avedian and Garen Kalender as sub-deacons.


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