PASADENA, Calif. — More than 600 faithful gathered for a special service and luncheon marking the symbolic 20th anniversary of the ordination and consecration of Archpriest Rev. Sarkis Petoyan, the parish priest of the St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church of Pasadena on Sunday, September 9.
Marking the milestone occasion of Petoyan’s 50th anniversary of service to the Armenian Apostolic Church, Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, presided over the divine liturgy, where he reflected on the ministry of the honoree, “a good and faithful servant.”
“He is a brave shepherd who has remained true and loyal to carrying out the mission of the Armenian Apostolic Church,” said Derderian.
In recognition of Petoyan’s commitment, which traces back to his childhood, Derderian announced that a cross-stone khachkar will be mounted to the facade of the St. Leon Armenian Cathedral in Burbank. Praising Yeretzgin Talin Petoyan’s dedication as a Sunday School teacher and superintendent over the last 30 years, Derderian presented her with an icon of the Holy Mother of God and acknowledged her as a genuine partner to Fr. Sarkis in their pastoral mission. He gifted their daughter Grace Shnorhig, a student at St. Gregory-Hovsepian School and St. Gregory Sunday School, with a wooden cross from Armenia.
“Fr. Sarkis is a wonderful pastor dedicated to his community,” said Derderian. “He has given his love and dignity to his parish and to our church life.”
An informative and celebratory program followed services in Geragos Hall, where Deacon Armand Yerjanian served as master of ceremonies, welcoming guests alongside Deacon Vahe Charkhutian. Diocesan Council Chairman Joseph Kanimian, Esq. remarked during his toast that Petoyan is a compassionate role model who is loved and well-respected.