December 5, 2008
Press Release
Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America
H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate
6252 Honolulu Avenue
La Crescenta, CA 91214
Tel: (818) 248-7737
Fax: (818) 248-7745
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.westernprelacy.org

PRELATE AND DELEGATES PARTICIPATE IN THE CATHOLICOSATE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

On Monday, December 2nd, the General Assembly of the Catholicosate
of Cilicia convened in Antelias, Lebanon under the auspices of H.H.
Catholicos Aram I.
The Prelates and lay delegates from all Catholicosate Prelacies
participated in the assembly.
Over the four day period, the activities of the executive and
religious councils of the past six years were presented and evaluated. In
subsequent sessions, a wide range of issues were discussed.
H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, arrived in Antelias
on Monday to participate in the assembly. In the week prior, the Prelate
was at the Vatican as part of the delegation of His Holiness on an official
visit to H.H. Pope Benedict XVI.


COMMEMORATION OF THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIA EARTHQUAKE

Sunday, December 7th, marks the 20th anniversary of the earthquake
in Armenia. By the ordinance of the Prelate, special requiem services will
take place following Divine Liturgy in all Prelacy Churches.
At 6:00 p.m. on the same day, a commemoration will take place at
Glendale High School auditorium. The event has been organized by the
Armenian Consulate General of Los Angeles.
Clergy and council members will be in attendance.


ARMENIAN ASSEMBLY ANNUAL CHRISTMAS GATHERING

The annual Christmas gathering of the Armenian Assembly will take
place on the afternoon of Sunday, December 7th, at the home of Stella Der
Rostomian in Glendale. During the gathering, guests will have the
opportunity to hear from newly appointed director of the Western Region
Yeghig Keshishian.
Pastor of Holy Cross Cathedral Rev. Fr. Ashod Kambouria will
represent the Prelate.


WELCOMING RECEPTION FOR MRS. ALICE PETROSSIAN

The Armenian National Committee Pasadena chapter has organized a
welcoming reception for Mrs. Alice Petrossian who was recently appointed
Chief Educator Officer of the Pasadena Unified School District. The
reception will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, December 7th, at the
Pasadena Armenian Center.
Pastor of St. Sarkis Church Rev. Fr. Khoren Babochian will represent
the Prelate.


DAVIDIAN AND MARIAMIAN EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION ANNUAL BANQUET

On the evening of Tuesday, December 2nd, the annual banquet of
Davidian and Mariamian Educational Foundation took place at Renaissance
banquet hall in Glendale.
At this year's banquet, Vahan and Anoush Chamlian School was honored
as "Educational Institution of the Year" and Dr. Onnig Hairabedian as
"Educator of the Year".
Rev. Fr. Gomidas Torossian attended and conveyed the Prelate's
blessings and remarks.


OATH OF OFFICE CEREMONY OF SUPERVISOR
MICHAEL ANTONOVICH

On the morning of Monday, December 1st, the Oath of Office Ceremony
for Los County Supervisor Michael Antonovich took place at the Kenneth Hahn
Hall of Administration in Los Angeles. The ceremony was followed by a
reception.
Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian and Rev. Fr. Vazken Atmajian attended
on behalf of the Prelate and wished the Supervisor success in his service.