At the invitation of the Honorable Adam Schiff and the Armenian Assembly of America, on July 12, 2017, His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America and Mexico, delivered the opening prayer before the United States House of Representatives.
(From L to R) Congressman Adam Schiff, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Primate, Chaplain Patrick J. Conroy, S.J., Chaplain of the House of Representatives
Click on the video link below to listen to the Primate's prayer.
Archbishop Derderian also met with the Executive Director of the Armenian Assembly of America Bryan Ardouny as well as the Co-Chairman of the Armenian Assembly Anthony Barsamian, and interns for the Armenian National Committee.
(From L to R) Armenian Assembly of America Co-Chair Anthony Barsamian, Congressman Adam Schiff, Primate, Armenian Assembly of America Executive Director Bryan Ardouny
His Eminence expressed his wholehearted gratitude to Congressman Schiff and to the Board of Trustees of the Armenian Assembly of America for the invitation extended to him to deliver the opening prayer and wished them continued success in their diplomatic endeavors.