His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, attended the 33rd Gala Anniversary Celebration of the Armenian American Medical Society on Saturday, April 28, 2018.
In his invocation, the Primate congratulated 2018 AAMS Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Dr. Ara Babloyan, 2018 AAMS President’s Leadership Award recipients Dr. Simon Keushkerian and Dr. Raffi Minasian, 2018 AAMS Supportive Impact Award recipient the AAMS Former Ladies Auxiliary and commended the God-pleasing mission of the Armenian-American Medical Society.
Below we present the Primate’s speech in its entirety:
O Lord, You have called us all to be in Your service and in the service of Your people through the Armenian American Medical Society.
Tonight’s fellowship reawakens in us all the vision and the zeal to fulfill the will of God and reaffirm our promise and commitment to reaching out to all people and equally to our brothers and sisters in our ancestral land of Armenia.
Serving the people of God is a calling and privilege entrusted to us. We uplift our hearts and thank God for the presence of the Armenian American Medical Society, a wonderful organization which has inspired many to extend their valuable and tremendous contributions in the field of medicine. We acknowledge with immense gratitude and admiration the contributions of Dr. Ara Babloyan in the field of doctoral research, the humanitarian field of surgical mission work of Dr. Simon Keushkerian, philanthropist Dr. Raffi Minasian and AAMS’ Former Ladies Auxiliary for their devotion.
May the Good Lord bless them all and grant them courage and strength in their continuous efforts and aid for the benefit of our communities.
In particular, we give thanks to God for the Armenian American Medical Society’s 33rd Anniversary Gala, which aims to benefit the health care of our wounded soldiers in of the Artsakh War.
Almighty God, bless us all and lead us to be one in Your holy name. Strengthen us all in our calling to live a fulfilled life, inspired by the faith of our forefathers, for every step that we take in our God-given life has to be lived with devotion and commitment to reflect the faith, vision and aspirations of the martyrs of the first Genocide of the 20th century.”