Organizations

“We must always search for and find the servant of Christ who fulfills an obligation with dignity and the noblest of hearts”    Archbishop Hovnan Derderian

Mer Hooys - House of Hope
Mer Hooys’s mission is provide opportunities to girls from disadvantaged lifestyles in Armenia so they may achieve a productive and secure future.
Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian Camp
The Diocese Summer Camp program has been created to nurture the bodies, minds, and spirits of Armenian youth in a natural setting, providing a stimulating and fun environment of community which inspires individual growth and the values of Christian Fellowship.
Ambassadors of Faith
With the inception of "Ambassadors of Faith" in 2013, Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese, envisioned a new leadership strategy, which would utilize the influence of well-respected community representatives in communicating and promoting the mission of the church as imparted to us by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The final outcome is a shared commitment to the common faith and commonweal of the Armenian community and the Western Diocese.
Archbishop Hovnan Derderian Scholarship Fund
By assisting deserving young men and women of Armenian descent in achieving a secondary and undergraduate school education, the Archbishop Hovnan Derderian Scholarship Fund further awards scholarships to help fill unmet financial needs of students in the pursuit of educational opportunities.
Armenian Church Youth Organization
Established in 1949, the ACYO of the Western Diocese is a membership organization which serves the Armenian Youth.
Association of Armenian Church Choirs (AACWD)
The main objective of this association is to promote the teaching of the sacred music of the Armenian Church, encouraging choirs to learn and adhere to the liturgical rites, canons, and traditions im- parted to us by the church fathers.
Cathedral Ladies Guild
Founded in 2010, the mission of the Ladies Guild is to organize cultural and community events supporting the mission of the Diocese, raising funds and spearheading initiatives for increasing community involvement by promoting unity. Its vision is to cultivate, preserve and perpetuate the traditions and values of the Armenian Apostolic Church by facilitating the introduction and promoting involvement in existing and new Diocesan programs to the community. The Ladies Guild is chaired by Mrs. Araxie Boyamian.
Christian Education Council (CEC) - Youth Formation
Under the direction of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian the CEC is committed to supply resources and tools by which teachers and parents can be equipped for this dynamic and growing mission. In July of 2016 the CEC, under new leadership, combined the talents of continuing members with a number of new members to move forward and tackle new tasks and challenges as our Diocese grows and matures.
Christmas Ball
The Christmas Ball, an annual Diocesan tradition brings together hundreds of faithful in this much anticipated festive and joyous event, during which illustrious and distinguished community leaders are honored for their success in their respective fields, and for their dedicated service to both the Armenian and American community. The Christmas Ball Committee is chaired by Mr. Raffi Kendirjian.
Endowment Fund
The Western Diocese Endowment Fund (WDEF) is an independent, separately incorporated non-profit organization established under the laws of the State of California to provide professional, disciplined, cost-effective financial management for the Fund’s pool of tax-exempt donations, as well as parish and individual endowments managed by the Fund.
Etchmiadzin Children's Fund
For almost two decades, the Etchmiadzin Children's Fund has pursued a most noble and God-pleasing task, namely to assist orphans and needy children of Armenia. These disadvantaged yet brilliant children are unprepared to face life's challenges, for they become dependent upon the bits of charity and benevolence. The ECF had a successful 2014 raising nearly $90,000 for disadvantaged children in Armenia.
Junior Godfathers
The Junior Godfather Program is designed on the basic principle that Godfathers are guardians of the faith who are entrusted with protection of our Christian faith that has guided our nation through the chapters of history. It is the goal of the Junior Godfather Prog- ram to provide opportunity for all Armenian children and youth to bond with the church and to commit to become guardians of the faith of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church. Once the child/youth becomes Junior Godfather, his/her name is etched on a fruit of the pomegranate tree carved on the wall of St. Leon Armenian Cathedral. The importance of Junior Godfathers is the chain that links them to the liturgical life of St. Leon Cathedral and the Armenian Apostolic holy Church.
Ladies Auxiliary
The Ladies’ Auxiliary of the Western Diocese helps to plan, organize and execute a number of Diocesan events and functions ranging from Pontifical Visits, to festive receptions and luncheons. The Ladies’ Auxiliary also supports the Western Diocese and its outreach programs. The Auxiliary is committed to raising $25,000 annually for the Diocese and its outreach programs as well as completing its $100,000 pledge for the construction of St. Leon Armenian Cathedral. The Auxiliary is chaired by Mrs. Cindy Norian.
Ladies’ Society Central Council
The Ladies’ Society Central Council is the governing body of all the chapters of Ladies Societies throughout the Western Diocese. In the last decade, the LSCC has organized numerous events including retreats, cultural activities and women’s day of prayer. In 2010, the Ladies Society Central Council became one of the many Godfathers of St. Leon Armenian Cathedral.
Little Angels Saturday School
“Little Angels” Saturday School was founded in 2000. In 2010, with the blessings of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, the Saturday School was reorganized and began to operate under the auspices of St. Leon (Ghevontiants) Armenian Cathedral.
Religious Retreat Committee
The Religious Retreat Committee organizes annual retreats to pro- mote collective prayer in a tranquil atmosphere, where the faithful can strengthen their spirituality through religious lectures, medita- tion, and pastoral guidance of the Diocesan clergy. Far from urban noise and daily hustle, the participants are granted a unique oppor- tunity to reconnect with God and His wonderful creation. In the natural setting and monastic seclusion, the faithful finds it easier to concentrate, reflect, and pray.
Saturday Schools Executive Council
Under the direction of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, the Western Diocese has more than ten Saturday Schools in Cali- fornia with more than 500 students. The schools aim to build a strong foundation for Armenian identity enhancement in our young generation. The language and culture curriculum instills knowledge of the Armenian language, history, religion, and culture. The curriculum is based on California language teaching standards, and provides teachers with lesson plans, instructional methods, strategies and activities. All schools use the same texts and educa- tional materials.
Stewardship Committee
Mission of the Stewardship Program The mission of the Stewardship Program is aligned with the Armenian Apostolic Church’s principal mission of being a light to all Armenian believers providing the faithful with the spiritual knowledge and nourishment to ensure their growth in to become mature Christians [1 Corinthians 2:15]. In practical terms, therefore, the mission of the Western Diocese Stewardship Program is to ensure the future vitality and growth of our church.
Zvartnots Cultural Committee
The Archbishop Hovnan Derderian Scholarship Fund is centered on education, scholarship, and service – equipping young men and women in mind and character – to impact the world for Christ and make a difference in today’s society.