From left, Monsignor Andon Atamian, Margrit and Nishan Atinizian and Bishop Mikaël Antoine Mouradian

Margrit and Nishan Atinizian Honored at 20th Anniversary Celebration of Holy Cross Church


BELMONT, Mass. — On December 9, 2017, under the auspices of Bishop Mikael Mouradian, Bishop of the Armenian Catholic Eparchy of US and Canada, a large crowd gathered at the Holy Cross Armenian Catholic Church to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its move to Belmont.


Rafael Hovanesian performs with Gegam Margarian

Present were many prominent members of the greater Boston community, among them were the faithful parishioners of the church, as well as clergy from various other churches.

Nishan and Margrit Atinizian, longtime benefactors of the church, were honored that evening and recognized for their years of devotion and generous support of the church.

Maral Der Torossian, master of ceremonies for the evening and a longtime active member of the church, welcomed the guests and reflected briefly on the history of the church, its goals and its mission. She thanked all present, specially Mouradian for attending. She also thanked the Holy Cross Church’s beloved priest, Monsignor Andon Atamian, for serving and leading the parish with great love and dedication.

Following dinner, Mouradian and Atamian addressed the guests, thanking all for their presence on that snowy and stormy evening, as well as for their continuous support of the church.

From left, Vatche and Maral Der Torossian, Dr. Marine Margarian Kavlakian, Rafael Hovanesian and Gegam Margarian

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Marcel Karian, who has been a longtime devoted parishioner, parish council member, as well as an altar server every Sunday, presented both men with a Declaration of Appreciation, issued by Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian.

In turn, Atamian invited Nishan and Margrit Atinizian to the stage, and honored them with a commemorative plaque featuring the Armenian Khatchkar, Naregatsi, and martyred Archbishop Maloyan stamps, published by the Vatican on the occasion of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide.

Next, the cultural portion of the evening commenced and Dr. Marine Margarian Kavlakian, a pianist, composer and piano teacher, who also has been the Holy Cross Church Choir music director and organist presented to the audience a couple of musical pieces. Following her performance, Rafael Hovanesian, a young and inspiring jazz singer who was born in Yerevan and recently moved to Los Angeles, entertained the audience with all-time popular Armenian Favorites as well as contemporary pop songs. Accompanying him on the keyboard was local talent, musician and composer, Gegam Margarian.

The evening ended on the joyful notes of the popular song Yerevan/Erebuni, with the whole audience chiming in with great spirits and enthusiasm.

Before Atamian, the longtime pastor of the church was the late Very Rev. Raphael Andonian, a member of the Mekhitarist Order in Venice. In 1995, under the leadership of Father Andonian, with the financial assistance of Petros Palandjian and his building firm Intercontinental, with the talents of architects Nishan and Florence Nahikian, and with financial support of Nishan and Margrit Atinizian, the church purchased a plot in Belmont that became the site for the new church. On September 14, 1997, Holy Cross Armenian Catholic Church was consecrated.

The church was formerly located in Cambridge.


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