23 February 2020
Western Diocese Hosts Symposium Dedicated to 20th Century Pillars of the Armenian Church
Published - 10 October 2019

Under the auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, the second event in the Diocesan series of year-long celebratory events marking the 10th anniversary of the consecration of St. Leon (Srbots Ghevontiants) Armenian Cathedral was held on Tuesday, October 8, 2019. The day-long symposium, in which guests from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin and Turkey brought their participation, highlighted the undying legacy and lasting influence of the “Pillars of the Armenian Apostolic Church of the 20th Century.”

The prominent church figures, visionaries and intellectuals presented in the symposium left their respective marks in Armenian Church history through their passionate leadership, literary prowess, relentless dedication and enduring love for Church and nation and the advancement of Armenian culture and heritage.

His Holiness Mkrtich Khrimian (Khrimian Hayrig) – 125th Catholicos of All Armenians

(1892 - 1907)

Presenter: Deacon Hovhannes Gumruyan

His Holiness Khoren Muradbekyan – 128th Catholicos of All Armenians

(1932 - 1938)

Presenter: Rev. Fr. Vazgen Boyajyan

His Holiness Karekin I Hovsepian – Catholicos of the Great See of Cilicia

(1943 – 1952)

Presenter: Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Dz. V. Yardemian

His Beatitude Archbishop Karekin Khachadourian – 81st Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople

(1951 - 1961)

Presenter: Prof. Norayr Poghosyan

His Beatitude Archbishop Malachia Ormanian – Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople

(1896 - 1908)

Presenter: Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Dz. V. Yardemian

His Beatitude Archbishop Shnork Kaloustian – 82nd Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople

(1963 - 1990)

Presenter: Makrouhi Hagopian (former Co-Editor of Marmara Newspaper - Turkey)

The Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia in the times of the Armenian Genocide

Presenter: Dr. Vahram Shemmassian

His Beatitude Archbishop Torkom Manoogian – 96th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem

(1990 - 2012)

Presenter: Mr. Diran Avagyan

His Holiness Vazken I Baljian – 130th Catholicos of All Armenians

(1955 – 1994)

Presenter: Rev. Fr. Vazken Movsesian

His Holiness Karekin I Sarkissian – Catholicos of the Great See of Cilicia (1983 – 1994),

131st Catholicos of All Armenians (1994 – 1999)

Presenter: Very Rev. Fr. Zakaria Dz. V. Baghumyan (from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin)
The memorable event concluded with the Primate’s remarks of heartfelt gratitude and commendation addressed to presenters, the Reverend clergy and the participants alike.