September 25, 2014
One of the first photographs of the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Deir Zor after it was targeted and destroyed on Sunday, September 21.
The so-called Islamic State (ISIS) destroyed the Armenian Genocide Memorial Church in Deir Zor, according to the news agencies in the Middle East. The Holy Martyrs Chapel and Monument in Deir Zor on the site of the old Sourp Hripsime Church was built in 1990-91. The consecration of the chapel and memorial took place on May 5, 1991, with more than 5,000 pilgrims witnessing the event. The consecration was officiated by His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia. Two beautiful crosses adorned the altar. One was a gift from His Holiness Vazken I, Catholicos of All Armenians, and the other from the Armenian American community.

The subterranean hall, illuminated only with candles, an eternal flame, and skylights, housed remains of victims of the Genocide. In his sermon on the day of the chapel’s consecration, Catholicos Karekin described the Martyrs Chapel as being “more than a church, more than a monument, more than a repository of the bones of the martyrs. It represents a collective memory of a people, for as it has been said, memory is possession…The Chapel is a living, everlasting inspiration, which will challenge the generations ahead to continue and for us to take heart and in the words of the poet continue to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield.”

His Holiness Catholicos Aram, who was en route to Athens, received the news with great personal pain and sorrow. In a tersely worded statement His Holiness condemned the dastardly sacrilegious act and said, “This crime committed on the eve of the 100th anniversary of the Genocide and on the day of the 23rd anniversary of the independence of Armenia, is an act of barbarism. Let those who had a hand behind this crime know that the memory of our martyrs and the struggle of our people for justice symbolized by Deir Zor, as a sacred site of the martyrs, cannot be destroyed in the collective memory of our people.”

The Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin in a statement said, “What happened in Deir ez-Zor is an inhumane barbarity, which cannot be justified by any religion or ideology based on religious and humanitarian values.”

Armenia’s Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian issued a statement condemning the destruction calling it a “horrible barbarity.” He called upon the international community to cut the Islamic State’s sources of supply, support, and financing.

Yesterday, in his address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Serzh Sargsyan, spoke about the “tragic events in Syria and Iraq, which we currently witness, demonstrate how the groups whose creed is hatred are targeting the religious and national minorities. Two days ago on the Independence Day of the Republic of Armenia, the Church of All Saints Martyrs in Deir-ez-Zor, Syria, dedicated to the memory of the victims of the Armenian Genocide, where their remains were housed, was mined and blown up by the terrorists. Such a barbarity is a criminal Godlessness in no way or shape related to any faith.”

The U.S. Embassy in Yerevan, released the following statement condemning the act without acknowledging that the Armenian Church destroyed was the Church of the Holy Martyrs and Genocide Memorial: “U.S. Embassy Yerevan joins the government and people of Armenia in strongly condemning the destruction of the Armenian Church in Deir Ez-Zor, Syria. This senseless act of destruction demonstrates yet again the utter disregard the terrorist organization ISIL has for the rich religious and cultural heritage of the Middle East. As Secretary Kerry has stated, ISIL has systematically committed abuses of human rights and international law and presents a global terrorist threat. Faced with this threat, the United States urges the international community to strengthen our united effort to degrade and destroy ISIL.”

Below are images of the monument before its destruction.

The 5th Armenia-Diaspora Conference, organized and hosted by Armenia’s Ministry of the Diaspora, took place last Friday and Saturday in Yerevan. Armenia’s Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian and Artsakh President Bako Sahakian addressed the guests as did His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of Cilicia, and Catholic Patriarch Nerses Petros XIX.

In an address that was received with enthusiastic approval, Catholicos Aram said that the Diaspora Conference, dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, should be held in high regard and should strive to make Armenian voices heard across the international community.

His Holiness stressed that the issue of the Armenian Genocide should be addressed on a legal level. “Our goal should be not only recognition and condemnation of the Genocide, but also reparations for its consequences. Our vocabulary should have the words recognize, condemn, and compensate,” he said.

The Catholicos said that the Armenian Church will take the necessary steps to seek the return of Armenian Church properties in Turkey, and announced that the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia will petition Turkey’s constitutional court to demand the return of the Catholicate in Sis, the historic headquarters of the Holy See of Cilicia. The Catholicos said that during the past two years the Holy See has been working with international law specialists in this regard, and if the Turkish court turns down the petition, the Cilician See is prepared to petition the European Court of Human Rights. Catholicos Aram called on Armenians to seek the return of Armenian properties and the restoration of rights for Armenians, in the spirit of the youth who dared raise their voices in 1965, demanding justice and the return of Armenian lands for the first time.
Catholicos Aram speaks at the Fifth Armenia-Diaspora Conference.

This is the week of the opening of the United Nations General Assembly when leaders of the world converge on Manhattan, causing massive delays and even more than the usual New York traffic jams.

Yesterday morning, Serge Sargsyan, President of the Republic of Armenia addressed the 69th session of the General Assembly. The President’s speech concentrated on the 100th centennial anniversary of the Genocide, relations with Turkey, the tragic events in Syria and Iraq, and the destruction of the Deir Zor Armenian Church and Genocide Memorial that occurred last Sunday. A major portion of his speech focused on Nagorno Karabakh. President Sargsyan said, “It has been more than twenty years that our neighboring State aborts the efforts of the international community directed at the just and peaceful settlement of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict by its unconstructive and maximalist stance. The failure of an adequate international assessment of the bellicose declarations and various threats put forth at the highest level in Azerbaijan has resulted in all-out permissiveness. The President of Azerbaijan designates the entire Armenian nation as the “enemy number one,” and what is considered in the rest of the world to be a crime, in Azerbaijan is considered to be a glorious deed.”

Archbishop Oshagan attended the session yesterday to hear President Sargsyan’s speech. Tomorrow he will attend a luncheon in the president’s honor at the Diocese of the Armenian Church.
President Serge Sargsyan addressing the UN General Assembly in New York.
Yesterday’s issue of the International New York Times published an article by President Sargsyan entitled “One of History’s Dark, Unfinished Chapters: The First World War and the Armenian Genocide.” Read it here.


The three day summit in Washington, DC, organized by “In Defense of Christians (IDC)” brought together thousands in support of the theme of the summit, “Protecting and Preserving Christianity, Where it All Began.”  Patriarchs of the Middle Eastern Christian Churches, including Catholicos Aram, participated and had an unprecedented meeting with President Obama at the White House. 

IDC has released a “snapshot video” of the summit/conference that you can view here.

Catholicos Aram’s address to the IDC can be seen here.


The 80th anniversary of the Holy Trinity Church in Worcester, Massachusetts, took place on Sunday, September 14. Archbishop Oshagan celebrated the Divine Liturgy and delivered the sermon and presided over the anniversary celebration that followed.

Archbishop Oshagan delivers the sermon at Worcester’s Holy Trinity Church.
Archbishop Oshagan presides over the blessing of basil with the help of Archpriest Fr. Vazken Bekiarian (left) who served as pastor of the parish for many years and the current pastor Very Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishyan.

St. Gregory Church of Merrimack Valley in North Andover, Massachusetts, began its Sunday School/Armenian School term last Sunday, September 21 with a full complement of students and instructors.
A lower grade class with their teachers are ready for the 2014-15 term in Merrimack Valley. (Photo by Tom Vartabedian)

The Religious and Executive Councils of the Eastern Prelacy will convene their monthly meeting this Friday and Saturday at the Prelacy headquarters in Manhattan.


The Eastern Prelacy is searching for candidates for an immediate opening for a part-time accountant.

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum of three years of accounting experience. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office (advanced Excel), and QuickBooks. Knowledge of Armenian is desirable.

Qualified applicants are urged to send cover letter and resume to Dr. Vazken Ghougassian, Executive Director, by email ( or by USPS to Armenian Prelacy, 138 East 39th Street, New York, NY 10016. No phone inquiries.


The Musical Armenia committee is accepting applications from young Armenian musicians who would like to be featured in a concert at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in New York City. Those interested in apply should visit the Prelacy’s web site ( or click here.

The Prelacy inaugurated the Musical Armenia series in 1982 in order to promote the careers of talented young Armenian musicians from all over the world. Since then, the annual concerts have remained faithful to the objectives of the series. The 2015 concert will take place on Friday, March 20. Applications should be sent no later than October 30, 2014.

Bible readings for Sunday, September 28, Third Sunday of the Exaltation (Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak) are, Proverbs 3:18-26; Isaiah 65:22-25; Galatians 6:14-18; Matthew 24:30-36.

Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he will send out his angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away. But about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. (Matthew 24:30-36)

For a listing of the coming week’s Bible readings click here.

This Sunday, September 28, is the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak, a feast that is unique to the Armenian Church and is celebrated two weeks after the Exaltation of the Cross. After coming to Armenia, the Hripsimiantz Virgins lived near Mount Varak. They had brought with them a fragment of the True Cross. Fleeing persecution, they sought refuge on the mountain where Hripsime hid the cross among the rocks before fleeing to Vagharshapat. In 653, a hermit named Todik found the hidden cross by following a brilliant light that illuminated the mountain and guided him inside the church to the altar where he found the cross. The light shone for twelve days. In memory of this event, Catholicos Nerses (the Builder) established the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak. He wrote the beautiful hymn, “By the Sign of Your All Powerful Holy Cross,” (Nshanav Amenahaght Khatchit).

The Monastery of St. Nishan (Varakavank) was built on Mount Varak, which is in the southeastern region of Van. It was home to one of the greatest libraries and museums, filled with ancient and modern books and works of art. The Monastery became even more prominent when Khrimian Hayrik established a publishing house and a school there hoping to make the monastery an educational center. He founded the first newspaper to be published in historical Armenia, Artsiv Vaspurakani (The Eagle of Vaspurakan). The massacres and deportations of 1915 destroyed Hayrik’s hopes and plans, as well as so much more. Varakavank was destroyed by the Turkish army on April 30, 1915, during the siege of Van.

By the sign of your all-victorious cross, O Christ, lover of mankind, keep us from the unseen enemy, for you alone are the King of Glory, blessed forever. On it you stretched out your spotless hands and shed your blood for the salvation of the universe for you alone are King of Glory, blessed forever. At your second coming when this holy sign shall appear once again make your servants worthy of renewal for you alone are the King of Glory, blessed forever.

May your cross be our refuge by its flame-like radiance; it is named the tree of life; you crushed the enemy and unloosed the sentence of death for the salvation of the universe. Sending up praises the heavens rejoice and the earth rejoices at the discovery of the holy cross like the four-winged rock which enlightened this world by its sun-like rays. Jerusalem rejoiced, believers were glad; they adorned themselves in marvelous garment for they saw the victorious sign; all creation was adorned with its light.
(Canon to the Cross of Varak from the Liturgical Canons of the Armenian Apostolic Church)


This Saturday, September 27, the Armenian Church commemorates St. George (Kevork) the Commander, a third century Roman general who challenged the Emperor’s persecution of Christians by publicly tearing up the Emperor’s decree, and he urged others to follow his example. To this day he remains a popular saint in the Armenian Church and is the patron saint of soldiers and scouts. As in many other instances, the Armenians have given St. George an Armenian national character. The Feast of St. George is always on the Saturday before the Feast of the Holy Cross of Varak that is preceded by a period of fasting. Although the fast is not connected to St. George, through the centuries it has been popularly identified as the Fast of St. George.
A sculpture of St. George slaying the dragon located on the northern side of the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.
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Friedrich Parrot Reaches the Summit of Mount Ararat (September 27, 1829)

Mount Ararat is not an easy mountain to climb. Today, nevertheless, we hear of many people reaching its top. The first ascent happened 185 years ago this day, according to the Julian calendar that was in use in the Russian Empire (October 9 according to the Gregorian calendar already in use in the West).

J. J. Friedrich W. Parrot (1792-1841) was a German naturalist and traveler. He was born in Karlsruhe, and studied medicine and natural science at the University of Dorpat (now Tartu), in present-day Estonia, then part of the Russian Empire. In 1811, at the age of nineteen, he undertook an expedition to Crimea and the Caucasus with Maurice Engelhardt.

In 1815 he was appointed surgeon in the Russian army. He visited the Alps and the Pyrenees in 1816-1817. He became a professor at his alma mater, first of physiology and pathology (1821) and then of physics (1827).

Parrot undertook another trip, this time to Georgia and Armenia, in 1828. Eastern Armenia had been recently conquered by the Russian Empire after the Russo-Persian and Russo-Turkish wars of 1826-1828.

His aim was to reach the summit of Mt. Ararat (16,945 feet). He established his base camp in Arguri (Akori), and set to his mission. It was not an easy task, especially in those days when mountaineering was not well-developed. He made two attempts, and he barely escaped a deadly fall in one of them.

The third was the charm. This time, too, the climb was difficult. “The newly fallen snow which had been of some use to us in our former attempt, had since melted, from the increased heat of the weather, and was now changed into glacier ice, so that notwithstanding the moderate steepness of the acclivity, it would be necessary to cut steps from below,” he wrote.
A sketch of Mt. Ararat and the Monastery of Holy Etchmiadzin in the foreground from Parrot's book, Journey to Ararat
Finally, on September 27, 1829, after overcoming a violent snowstorm, “before my eyes, now intoxicated with joy, lay the highest pinnacle (...) and at about a quarter past three (...) we stood on the top of Mt. Ararat," he wrote. Parrot and his five companions, two of them students from the University of Dorpat, had made the first modern ascent of the mountain where it is traditionally held that Noah’s Ark had come to rest. He did not claim to see the rests of the ark, considering that the ice was 300 feet thick.

The climbers remained 45 minutes on the peak. A deacon from Holy Etchmiadzin, who had made the ascent in his habit, was among his companions; he planted the cross they had brought and then filled a flask with Ararat ice. After a prayer meeting, Parrot poured a libation for patriarch Noah.

The ascent was an event of importance, despite Armenian assurances that Ararat was unconquerable: “Put an Armenian on the summit of Ararat and he will still cling to the idea that it is unconquerable,” wrote Parrot. However, even more important for the history of Armenia culture was the encounter of Parrot with the deacon from Holy Etchmiadzin. The latter was no other than twenty-year-old Khachatur Abovian (1809-1848), a founding name of modern Armenian literature. Parrot was impressed by the intelligence of the young Armenian and made arrangements so he could enter the University of Dorpat. Abovian would stay six years at the university (1830-1836), which would become a magnet for Armenian students throughout the nineteenth century; his period of studies would be crucial in his life and his literary production. His protector would pass away five years after Abovian’s graduation.

Parrot wrote about the climb in a book in German, also translated into English (Journey to Ararat), but he was greeted with skepticism.  Less than half a century later, British historian and explorer James Bryce would climb Ararat again and vindicate Parrot.

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You Only Say “No” Once

As we said in a previous note last year, Western Armenian (*) and English share a grammatical feature: they both use negative words with affirmative verbs.

You cannot use double negative in Western Armenian (except for understated affirmation). Therefore, you may say either Ոչ մէկը գիտէ (Voch mege kideh) or Մէկը չի գիտեր (Mege chee keeder) to mean “nobody knows,” but you cannot say ոչ մէկը չի գիտեր (Voch mege chee keeder), which would be as grammatically correct as “Nobody doesn’t know.”

Similarly, you may say «Ոչինչ ունիմ» (Vocheench ooneem) or «Բան մը չունիմ» (Pan me chooneem) to say “I have nothing” or “I don’t have anything” but «Ոչինչ չունիմ» (Vocheench chooneem) would be the equivalent of . . . “I don’t have nothing.”

Here is a list of negative words that are commonly, and wrongly, paired with negative verbs. The accurate form is as follows:

Ոչ ոք ըսած է  - Voch vok usadz eh - Nobody has said [anything]
Ոչինչ ըսած է - Vocheench usadz eh - (He/she) has said nothing
Ոչ մէկը ըսած է - Voch mege usadz eh - No one has said [anything]
Ոչ մէկ բան ըսած է - Voch meg pan usadz eh - (He/she) has said nothing
Ոչ մէկ պարագայի ըսած է - Voch meg barakayi usadz eh - (He/she) has said in no circumstance
Ոչ մէկ անգամ ըսած է - Voch meg ankam usadz eh - (He/she) has never said
Ոչ մէկ կերպով ըսած է - Voch meg gerbov usadz eh - (He/she) has said in no way

There is also a little list of affirmative words that should be paired with negative verbs:

Որեւէ բան տեսած չէ - Voreve pan desadz che - (He/she) has not seen anything
Ոեւէ մէկը տեսած չէ - Voyeve mege desadz che - (He/she) has not seen anyone
Բնաւ տեսած չէ - Pnav desadz che - (He/she) has not seen (anyone) once
Երբեք տեսած չէ - Yerpek desadz che - (He/she) has never seen (anyone)
Remember: you don’t need to say “no” twice. Once is enough.

(*) This rule doesn’t apply to Eastern Armenian, which uses negative words with negative verbs, like Russian.

Previous entries in “The Armenian Language Corner” can be read on the Prelacy’s web site (
The Prelacy Bookstore has an extensive collection of books (in Armenian and English) about the Genocide, including histories, historical novels, memoirs, eye witness testimonies, essays, and poetry. From now through next April we will feature one or two books each week from the Bookstore’s collection.
Armenia and the Near East
By Fridtjof Nansen

First published in 1928, this book depicts the journey of the great Norwegian scientist, explorer, and humanist, Fridtjof Nansen (1861-1930) to the Near East and Armenia with his impressions and eyewitness account. This memoir not only displays a tragic period of the modern history of the Armenian people, but also describes the Armenian Genocide, which he writes “far exceeds any we know in history, both in their extent and their appalling cruelty.”

Hard cover, $12.00, plus shipping & handling
Ճանապարհ առանց տունդարձ 
Արմին Թէոֆիլ Վեգնէր (թարգմ. Ռիմա եւ Ալբերտ Մուշեղեան)
Երեւան, ՀՀ ԳԱԱ «Գիտութիւն» հրատարակչութիւն, 2000

Գերմանացի բանաստեղծ ու հանրային գործիչ Արմին Վեկնէրը (1886-1978) Մեծ Եղեռնի ականատեսներէն եղած է Միջագետքի անապատներուն մէջ։ Գիրքը կը ներկայացնէ 1919ին լոյս տեսած նամակներու եւ օրագրային էջերու մէջ ամփոփուած վկայութիւնը, որուն կցուած են լրացուցիչ գրութիւններ եւ Վեկնէրի ձեռամբ հանուած լուսանկարները։

Գին՝ 6 տոլար (թղթակազմ, հայաստանեան ուղղագրութեամբ)

To order these or other books contact the Prelacy Bookstore by phone (212-689-7810) or email (

Filmmaker Stephanie Ayanian is spearheading the production of a one-hour documentary, “A New Armenia,” that will commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by documenting the lives of Armenian Americans today. The film will also focus on important questions such as, “How is a culture preserved, practiced and celebrated? How do young people know what it means to be Armenian, and how do they redefine it for themselves? What are the challenges of a displaced people and culture? What does it really mean to survive genocide?

Stephanie has put together an impressive group of fellow filmmakers who will work on the project that will ultimately be shown on public television. She has an MFA in documentary film from Temple University and currently teaches film producing at Drexel University. She has already produced a number of successful documentary films. The money raised through their Kickstarter page will provide the funds to seek greater support from large foundations. Please visit to see a video about the project and to make your pledge.
October 2—St. Gregory Church, North Andover, Massachusetts, Avak Luncheon at noon at Jaffarian Hall. Presentation by Charlie Larkin (mother is Goshgarian), who will discuss the growing number of young professionals and how they are building our Armenian communities throughout the world. Owner of Johnny Appleseed Models, a startup firm manufacturing products for scale modelers, and teacher of driver’s education.

October 3—St. Sarkis Armenian Church, Douglaston, New York, Saturday School Dinner Dance Gala.

October 3 & 4—Ordination to the Priesthood of Deacon Diran Der Khosrofian and Deacon Harold Nazarian, at Sts. Vartanantz Church, Providence, Rhode Island, by His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan. Banquet to immediately follow at the Providence Marriott Hotel. Please contact the Church Office at 401-831-6399 for reservations/information.

October 11—Armenian Friends of America presents Kef 5, 7:30-12:30, Michael’s Function Hall, 12 Alpha Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts. Tickets $50; students 21 and under, $40. Proceeds will benefit Armenian churches of Merrimack Valley. Individually served mezza platters and pastries; musicians, Mal Barsamian (clarinet), John Berberian (oud), Bob Raphaelian (violin), Bruce Jigarjian (guitar), Jason Naroian (dumbeg & vocals). Advance ticket sales only. John Arzigian, 603-560-3826; Lucy Sirmaian, 978-683-9121; Peter Gulezian, 978-375-1616, Sandy Boroyan, 978-251-8687.

October 12-15—Prelacy Clergy Gathering for Reflection and Renewal at St. Mary of Providence Retreat Center, Elverson, Pennsylvania.

October 19—St. Stephen’s Church, New Britain, Connecticut, His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan will ordain sub-deacon Ara Stepanian during the Divine Liturgy and preside over the parish’s 89th  Annual Banquet.

November 7-8-9—Rouben Mamoulian Film Festival, 7 pm, at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, New York. Sponsored by the Anthropology Museum of the People of New York, the Armenian Cultural Educational Resource Center Gallery at Queens College, and The Museum of the Moving Image. Opening night and reception will feature Love Me Tonight, the 1932 musical comedy film produced and directed by Mamoulian, with music by Rodgers and Hart, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Maurice Chevalier. For tickets and information: or 718-428-5650.

November 7 & 8—St. Stephen’s Church, Watertown, Massachusetts, 58th Armenian Bazaar, 10 am to 9:30 pm at Armenian Cultural & Educational Center, 47 Nichols Avenue, Watertown, Massachusetts. Meals served from 11:30 am to 8:30 pm (take out is available). Enjoy delicious meals, Armenian pastries, gourmet items, arts and crafts, books, raffles, attic treasures. For information: 617-924-7562. 

November 21, 22, 23—Sts. Vartanantz Church, Ridgefield, New Jersey, Annual Bazaar, Food Festival, and Hantes. Mezze and Kebab dinners (chicken, shish, luleh); dessert table and trays of home-made delicacies; Boutique Booths; Chinese Auction; Supervised Game Room for children; Pre-packaged Monte, Sou Buereg, Kufteh, and Lehmejun; Take-out available; Live Music for dancing and listening. Traditional Kavourma dinner on Sunday served immediately after church service. For information: 201-943-2950.

December 6—Armenian Winter Dessert Festival, Soorp Khatch Church, Bethesda, Maryland.

December 6—St. Asdvadzadzin Church, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, Annual Bazaar at Dutch Reformed Church, Whitinsvilloe, 10 am to 5 pm.

December 7—Ladies Guild of St. Stephen’s Church of New Britain and Hartford, Connecticut, will host a Wine Tasting Party at noon in the church hall, 167 Tremont Street, New Britain. A wine talk and tasting will be provided by Taylor Brooke Winery, Woodstock, Connecticut, owned by Linda Varjabedian Auger.

February 9-11, 2015—Ghevontiantz gathering of clergy serving the Eastern Prelacy.

March 13-15, 2015—“Responsibility 2015,” International conference for Armenian Genocide’s centennial at Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York, featuring prominent historians, policymakers, authors, and artists. Organized by the ARF Eastern US Centennial Committee, under the auspices of the Armenian Genocide Centennial Committee of America, Eastern Region. for information.

October 5-9, 2015—Clergy gathering of Eastern, Western, and Canadian Prelacies.
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