More than 40 friends and supporters of the Diocesan Stewardship Program attended the appreciation dinner at the Primate’s residence on Thursday, July 27, 2017. Among the clergy in attendance were Archpriest Fr. Manoug Markarian, the Rev. Fr. Avedis Abovian.
In his welcoming remarks, the Primate thanked the honorable guests for their kind presence and steadfast support of the noble mission that is the Stewardship Program, calling it “one of the dearest missions at the Diocese.” “Since 2008, seven young priests, all graduates of the Program have taken on challenging roles of leading the flock of Christ,” continued Archbishop Derderian. His Eminence also expressed his wholehearted gratitude to Dr. Vahram Biricik for his unwavering leadership throughout the years and to each member of the Stewardship Committee for their loyal service firm belief in the noble mission of the Stewardship Program.
Stewardship Committee Chair Dr. Vahram Biricik reflected on the success of the Stewardship Program in recent years. Dr. Biricik noted that contributions to the Stewardship Program ensure the vivacity of the Western Diocese by preparing and training promising Priesthood-Candidates who would one day join the ranks of the fine clergymen of the Diocese.
In appreciation of their selfless service, the Primate presented religious paintings to the Chair of the Stewardship Committee Dr. Vahram Biricik and to Stewardship Committee member Mrs. Aida Sethian. His Eminence commended their dedication and loyal support of the noble mission throughout the years.
Guests enjoyed savory Mediterranean dishes in a pleasant open-air atmosphere.