Western Diocese makes clergy appointments
Published: Thursday August 02, 2012
Burbank, Calif. - - The Western Diocese is happy to announce that His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate, has appointed Rev. Fr. Avedis Abovian as pastor of the Armenian Apostolic Church of La Crescenta.
The Parish will cater to the spiritual needs of the La Canada, La Crescenta and Tujunga communities. The newly acquired property will consist of a church building, a kindergarten as well as Saturday and Sunday Schools. Fr. Avedis Abovian will assume his pastoral duties effective August 5, 2012.
Since his ordination to the Priesthood in 2008, Rev. Fr. Avedis Abovian has been the Youth Director of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America. As the spiritual leader of the CYMA Program, Fr. Avedis has led the Diocesan youth on summer pilgrimages to Armenia where under his guidance the pilgrims not only visit sacred and historical sites throughout Armenia and Artsakh, but also participate in house-building projects for needy families. On July 5, 2012, Fr. Avedis accompanied to Diocesan youth on their annual CYMA pilgrimage. Ten days later, the pilgrimage group met with His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
For a period of one year, Rev. Fr. Avedis Abovian served the faithful community of San Francisco as a visiting priest to St. John Armenian Apostolic Church. In May 2012, Fr. Avedis Abovian travelled to Armenia to oversee the numerous missions being realized by the Western Diocese and to offer his guidance in areas which needed improvement.
Archbishop Derderian's genuine and congratulatory wishes go to Rev. Fr. Avedis Abovian in his new pastoral role.
Archpriest Fr. Hovsep Hagopian takes on new role
His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian conveys his sincere gratitude to Archpriest Fr. Hovsep Hagopian for his years of selfless service rendered to the Armenian Apostolic Church of La Canada and Crescenta Valley.
Archpriest Fr. Hovsep Hagopian has been appointed by the Primate as Visiting Priest to the Armenian communities in Denver, Albuquerque, and Salt Lake City. In addition to being appointed as Visiting Priest to Ararat Home in Mission Hills and Eagle Rock, Fr. Hovsep will visit and provide spiritual care in hospitals of the Greater Los Angeles Area, will be visit retired clergymen, will lead the Diaconate and will serve as the Primate's official representative in matters related to the Davidian-Mariamian Educational Foundation. At the Diocesan Headquarters, Archpriest Fr. Hovsep Hagopian is the Director of Archives.
Archpriest Fr. Nareg Matarian appointed Las Vegas church pastor
Archpriest Fr. Nareg Matarian, who has served as Pastor of the Armenian Apostolic Church in La Verne since 2009, has been appointed by Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian as Pastor of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Las Vegas. Fr. Nareg will assume his pastoral duties in October 2012.
St. Mary, Yettem Pastor Archpriest Fr. Vartan Kasparian to Retire in October 2012
After 39 years of service to the Armenian Apostolic Church as an exemplary priest, Archpriest Fr. Vartan Kasparian, Pastor of St. Mary Armenian Church in Yettem, will retire from the pastorate effective October 1, 2012.
"Words will not be enough to describe your love and affection for serving the flock of Christ, our Lord. you have been an exemplary priest and have guided the faithful of the Armenian Apostolic Church on the path toward righteousness. For over a quarter century you have enriched the spirituality of the faithful of St. Mary through the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while earning the love and respect of the faithful community of Yettem," wrote Diocesan Primate Archbishop Hovnan Derderian in a letter addressed to Archpriest Fr. Vartan Kasparian.
Archpriest Fr. Vartan will continue to serve at the Western Diocese in other capacities.
Rev. Fr. Zaven Markosyan appointed as Yettem church pastor
Effective August 12, Rev. Fr. Zaven Markosyan will assume pastoral duties at St. Mary Armenian Church in Yettem. He will celebrate his first Divine Liturgy at St. Mary on Sunday, August 12, on the Feast of the Assumption of the Holy Mother of God. Father Zaven will officially be introduced to the congregants by Archpriest Fr. Vartan Kasparian.
In his previous pastoral assignment, Rev. Fr. Zaven Markosyan was the Pastor of the Armenian Apostolic Church in Denver, Colorado.
Dn. Mkrtich Ksachikyan to serve as Diocesan youth director
Deacon Mkrtich Ksachikyan was born on June 6, 1984 in Yerevan, Armenia. He is the youngest child born to Hovhannes Ksachikyan and Alisa Aslanian. Deacon Mkrtich received his secondary education from School #50 in Yerevan. As an avid boxer, he was crowned city boxing champion twice.
On September 11, 1996, Deacon Mkrtich immigrated to the United States with his parents. In 2001, he was appointed to serve at St. Peter Armenian Church in Van Nuys under the pastoral guidance of Parish Priest Archpriest Fr. Shnork Demirjian. In his first year of service, Dn. Mkrtich attended St. Nersess Seminary where he took part in the Deacons' Training and Preparation Program. He continued his studies for the next two years.
In 2002, he graduated from high school and attended Los Angeles Valley College. In 2003, Dn. Mkrtich became a member of the United Armenian Students. He received his Associate's Degree after taking courses in philosophy.
On July 18, 2004, on the Feast Day of the Transfiguration of Christ, our Lord, Dn. Mkrtich was granted Four Levels of Acolyte and was ordained as a Sub-Deacon by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America. Dn. Mkrtich then studied Humanities and Armenian language at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).
In 2008, he was ordained to the Diaconate at St. Peter Armenian Church in Van Nuys by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. Shortly after his ordination, Dn. Mkrtich was accepted to St. Nersess Armenian Seminary to study as a seminarian. He graduated from St. Nersess in May 2011 and in September of the same year, he travelled to the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin to further enhance his study of religion.