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22 October 2019
New Encounter: Vazken I, on the 25th Anniversary of his passing
Published - 28 June 2019

His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese, is commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the passing of His Holiness, the Venerable Vazken I, of Blessed Memory, 130th Catholicos and Patriarch of All Armenians. An evening of reflections, thoughts, sounds and videos is being planned for August 20, 2019 at the Western Diocese in Burbank.

Twenty-five years have passed since the Venerable Catholicos left us, leaving a legacy unparalleled in modern history. Vazken I served as Catholicos of All Armenians from 1955 to 1994, marking one of the longest reigns of any Pontiff of the Armenian Apostolic Church. This one of the most difficult and challenging periods - ecclesiastically as well as nationally - to be faced by the Church. Vazken I was a clergyman of the highest order, expounding the essence of Christianity in all that he said and did. He was the first Catholicos to come to the Americas. He was statesman, a philosopher, a teacher, a diplomat, an ecumenist, a nationalist, but most importantly, he was a man of principle that led the Armenian Church from Holy Etchmiadzin on the world-wide stage.

This event is a "New Encounter," an opportunity for new generations to learn about the life, the times and the legacy left us by His Holiness Vazken I. The evening is sure not to disappoint young and old as the attendee will encounter one of the greats of the Armenian Apostolic Church. Mark your calendars, August 20, 2019, 7:30PM at the Western Diocese.