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    St. Mesrob Church in Wisconsin presents program on parishioner's
    pilgrimage to India

    Racine, - The St. Mesrob Armenian Church Heritage Committee on Sunday,
    October 11, will offer a special presentation by Charles Hardy, a
    deacon and parishioner, about his pilgrimage to India. The event will
    start at 11:15 a.m., following church services, in the church
    hall. There will be a luncheon following the program. The public is
    cordially invited. St. Mesrob is located at 4605 Erie Street.

    Mr. Hardy travelled to India in November 2008 on the occasion of the
    300th anniversary of the founding of the Armenian Holy Church of
    Nazareth in Kolkata (formerly known as Calcutta). Karekin II,
    Catholicos of All Armenians, presided over the observance.

    Armenians have had a long and impressive history in India for more
    than 400 years. Although the Christian population in India numbers
    approximately 27 million, the number of Armenians now living in the
    country is estimated to be not more than 140 individuals, half of whom
    live in Kolkata.

    Despite the small number of Armenians in India today, the Armenian
    Church has persevered throughout the centuries due to generous gifts
    and endowments. Because the wealth cannot be taken out of the country,
    the funds are used to restore, renovate and maintain the Armenian
    churches, day school and home for senior citizens. The Church also
    contributes to non-Armenian charitable institutions in India.

    This program will feature photos of places of interest in India such
    as the Taj Mahal and the Mother House of the Missionaries of Charity
    founded by Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu ("Mother" Teresa) in addition to the
    six Armenian churches Mr. Hardy visited.

    A world traveler, Mr. Hardy recently returned from a visit to Central
    Europe. mesrob-church-in-wisconsin-presents-program-on-par ishioner-s-pilgrimage-to-india