The Very. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, Eastern, shares a light moment with a student from the Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School in Bayside, NY.

Primate Makes New Year Visits to Youth and Elders


NEW YORK — In his role as leader of the Eastern Diocese, the Very. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan began the Diocesan Primate’s annual New Year’s visits to regional Armenian institutions. On Friday, January 11, he traveled to the Hovnanian School in New Milford, NJ, and the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Emerson, NJ. On January 17, he visited the Holy Martyrs Armenian Day School (HMADS) in Bayside, NY.

The Primate with students at the Hovnanian School

As part of each visit, the Diocesan Primate officiated over the Home Blessing service, traditionally performed at the start of the New Year. Students at both the Hovnanian School and HMADS sang, recited poems, and spent time talking with and learning from the Primate.

At the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, residents spoke with the Primate and received his blessing. The Primate met with members of the staff of both institutions and discussed their recent accomplishments.

Accompanying Findikyan on his various visits were Fr. Diran Bohajian, Fr. Daniel Karadjian, Fr. Abraham Malkhasyan, Fr. Arakel Vardazaryan, Dn. Arman Galstyan, and Dn. Eric Vozzy.


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