Armenian Church celebrates anniversary |

Armenian Church celebrates anniversary


This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America. To celebrate this momentous event our Primate, Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, will celebrate services in all parishes of the Diocese. Church services take place at 11 a.m. once a month at South Lake Tahoe, Carson City or Reno. The final location will be decided in the near future.

The Armenian community is a growing community in the northern Sierra region. To better serve the community we have started a mission parish, providing church services monthly and social events. For more information call (530) 577-1391 or (530) 416-0480. Sub-Deacon Richard Charshafian is the chairman and his wife Nicole Charshafian is the secretary.

The American Diocese of the Armenian Church was formally established Oct. 16, 1898, by the Venerable Megerdich Khrimian, the Catholicos of All Armenians. As of 1927, Armenian Churches in California had formed a part of the North American Diocese. Due to the distance separating them from the Diocesan Office in New York and the steady growth of the Armenian Community in the state of California, the Western Diocese was officially established and was approved in the same year, 1927, by an Encyclical from His Holiness, the late Venerable Kevork V. Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. The Diocesan headquarters, which was originally located in Fresno, was relocated to Los Angeles in 1957.

Since the election of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian in May of 2003, he has established new parishes, ordained many deacons and revitalized the spiritual mission of the Western Diocese. For many years we had a mission parish in Reno, where occasionally Divine Liturgy was celebrated at 5 p.m. on Sunday, which was not a suitable time. In December 2006 the Primate met with the Armenian community of South Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Reno and established a joint parish which is called Armenian Apostolic Church of Northern Sierra Region and appointed a Parish Council.

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