Today, Thursday, April 5, the Vatican unveiled a statue of St. Gregory of Narek, in the presence of Pope Francis and His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians.
Catholicos of Cilcia His Holiness Aram I and Armenia's President Serge Sargsyan were also present for the unveiling. Other church dignitaries, including Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, traveled to Rome to take part in the ceremony honoring one of the great historical figures of the Armenian Church.
Armenians have long revered Narek as the author of the collection of mystical poems known as the "Book of Lamentations," among other spiritual treasures. But in 2015, the 10th-century Armenian monk was approved by Pope Francis as a Doctor of the Roman Catholic Church.
The Catholic Church recognizes only 36 doctors of the church, including Augustine of Hippo, John Chrysostom, and Thomas Aquinas. Gregory of Narek is the most recent figure to be placed among this exalted group. His feast day among Catholics is February 27.
Fund for Armenian Relief's Ayo! platform is helping two teachers in rural Armenia to achieve their shared goal: installing science labs in each of their schools. The Fill the Gap. Build a Lab. project will ensure that students in regional schools have better access to higher-quality education. Lusine Vardumyan teaches in Armavir Province and Venera Abovyan in Aragatsotn Province. Since there are no labs, the two can only teach theory. Building physics and chemistry labs at the schools will give students the opportunity for hands-on experimentation, and may also spark the curiosity of the children who are eager to learn. Read More
Our Diocese will be granting scholarships to undergraduate, college-age youth for the academic year 2018-2019. These scholarships are earmarked for Armenian American students attending accredited 4-year undergraduate university programs. Preference will be given to those who are active in the life of the Armenian churches of the Eastern Diocese. Altar servers, Sunday or Armenian school teachers, active ACYOA members, choir members, etc. . The scholarship program is open to U.S. Citizens only.
The application and reference forms must be submitted electronically.