By Seta A. Buchter
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On Friday, May 11, under the auspices of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), clergy, family, guests, parishioners and friends came together to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of Rev. Fr. Mampre A. Kouzouian in the Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall of Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston. Among the 260 guests were four archbishops: Archbishop Nathan Hovhannisian, representing Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian, former Primate, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Western), who was Fr. Mampre’s presenter at his ordination and best man at his wedding; Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, former Primate, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern); and Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Diocesan Legate and Ecumenical Director; as well as clergy from the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern) and the Greater Boston area.
At Fr. Mampre’s request, funds raised from gifts on this occasion were earmarked to support two causes, the children at the Muratsan Chemotherapy Clinic of Yerevan State Medical University, a pediatric oncology clinic that treats children from all over Armenia, as well as homeless individuals and families in the Vagharshapat region surrounding Holy Echmiadzin. Of the $221,000 raised, $25,000 was designated to underwrite most of the banquet costs. On May 30, a check in the amount of $182,975.67 was sent to the Diocese for forwarding to Catholicos Karekin II, for distribution for the intended purposes. As additional gifts are received, they will be forwarded to the Diocese for Holy Echmiadzin.
James M. Kalustian served as Master of Ceremonies during the Banquet and with humor and anecdotes, introduced a Program that celebrated Kouzouian’s dedicated years of service and commitment to the Armenian Church and her people. Daniel K. Dorian, Jr., Parish Council Chair, in his Celebratory Toast, spoke of his own family’s long association with the honoree, dating back to St. Mary’s Armenian Church in Irvington NJ, which was Kouzouian’s first pastoral assignment, to Holy Trinity Armenian Church, which was his last. On behalf of the Holy Trinity Parish, Dorian, along with Parish Council Vice Chair Gregory A. Kolligian, Jr., presented him with a framed picture of Holy Trinity’s Sanctuary dome.
All present raised their glasses to toast Kouzouian – “the epitome of a true clergyman, a priest who loves his Church and her people with his whole being; a true servant of the Lord; and a friend to all.” The Invocation was offered by Hovhannisian.
The program consisted of musical selections by Sammy Andonian, cellist; Joyce Arpie Kouzouian; and Yeghishe Manucharyan and Victoria Avetisyan; and a Poem, “Armenia,” by Paruyr Sevak, recited by Adelaida Balagyozian, Anna Margaryan and Amalia Petrosyan.