ST. NERSESS ARMENIAN SEMINARY
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Preparing Leaders for Service in the Armenian Church since 1961
Dean and Seminarians Visit St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Church

On April 1-2, Fr. Mardiros Chevian and the seminarians traveled to St. Sahag & St. Mesrob Armenian Church in Wynnewood, PA. During their stay, they had the opportunity to tour the historic sights of Philadelphia as well as a visit to the statue of Mher, with Lisa Kailian, Parish Council member. Later on Saturday, they gathered for dinner at Lisa's house with ACYOA Central Council member Andrew Yenicag and young members of the community. 

On Palm Sunday morning, Fr. Mardiros was the guest preacher and homilist at St. Sahag & St. Mesrob and was assisted by the seminarians. He shared with the congregants during his sermon how Jesus triumphantly entered into Jerusalem to the joyous shouts of “Hosanna!” before the dark events of the week came to pass; he reminded them that those who endure with Jesus through death will rise with Him in life everlasting.
Following Badarak, there was a procession from the Church to Memorial Hall with palms held high. They attended the ACYOA Palm Sunday luncheon and program where Der Hayr first performed a parish home blessing. During the program, Fr. Mardiros presented information on the seminary and showed the video 12 Vocations. Seminarian Arman Shirikyan shared a few words about his experience as a St. Nersess student and Dn. Garen Hamamjian sang for the guests.

The seminary is grateful to the St. Sahag & St. Mesrob parishioners for their warm welcome and to Sonia Placido, Youth Director, for organizing their stay.
Trip to Washington DC

On March 25, Fr. Mardiros Chevian and a few students attended a lecture at Catholic University in Washington, DC by Dr. Christina Maranci on Armenian Christian Art and Culture. Professor Maranci is the Mashtots Professor of Armenian Studies at Harvard University, a position jointly held by the departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and History of Art and Architecture.

The lecture was sponsored by Mr. Dean Shahinian, seminary benefactor, in memory of his parents Paul and Grace (Jelalian) Shahinian. Afterwards, the group had a special private viewing of the unique collection of Armenian illustrated manuscripts held at Freer Gallery in DC with Dr. Maranci.
Intensive Week

For the past five years, Intensive Week has been held each semester to give our students an opportunity to dive deeper into different subjects not covered in the standard curriculum. This semester, during the week of March 20-24, Ani Shahinyan, PhD, presented a series of lectures on The Introduction to Apologetics for Contemporary Armenian Christians to the seminarians and clergy who joined on Zoom.

At the heart of the Christian faith is the call to be prepared to respond to the questions of our time (1 Peter 3:15; Philippians 1:7, 16). Dr. Shahinian proposed that the most important apologetic question for our culture today is the problem of evil and suffering. Why does God allow evil to take place? Why do human beings suffer and die? Looking at works from antiquity to the modern period, Dr. Shahinian highlighted Eznik Kołbac‘i's and Grigor Tat‘ewac‘i's explanation of how evil is not a being, but an adjective that is attached to human agency.

Together, they distinguished physical evils from moral evils, and looked at the theodicy of human free will «Անձնիշխանութիւն» and the suffering of Christ to gain insight into this prevalent question that is close to all our hearts.
2023 St. Nersess Spring Semester Zoom Public Lecture Series - Armenian Martyrdoms
 
Thursday evenings from 7:00-8:00 PM
April 13, 20, 27 and May 4

Presenter Dr. Ani Shahinian examines the historical, social, and theological contexts of Armenian Martyrdoms to address the following questions: how has martyrdom shaped Christian identity in general, and Armenian Christian identity in particular? What is the continuing legacy of martyrdom in contemporary society? And what does Armenian Christian witness look like today?
 
A graduate of UCLA and Oxford University, Dr. Shahinian brings to her work a rich background in government, law, apologetics, philosophy, and theology.
 
All lectures will be recorded and posted on www.stnersess.edu. To register by Zoom, click here.
Food for the Homeless

On March 27, the seminarians prepared meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the Mount Kisco Interfaith Food Pantry through St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Armonk, NY.

It was the first time since early 2020 that they were able to serve in person. During the prior two years, seminarians simply prepared and delivered the meals.

*Photo is of meal preparation in the seminary dining hall.
SAVE THE DATE !
12 VOCATIONS
THE ONGOING PROMISE OF ST. NERSESS SEMINARY

Join us on the evening of SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, to celebrate
the vocations of the next 12 priests and lay ministers
who studied at St. Nersess and St. Vladimir's Seminaries.

Details, invitations, and booklet donations will be announced
in the coming months.
Used SUV Needed at Seminary
 
St. Nersess is looking for a used SUV to meet its transportation needs. One of our cars recently became too expensive to repair.
 
If you or someone you know has an SUV in good working condition, the seminary will gladly accept your donation! A letter will be provided for tax purposes. Please call the office at 914-273-0200 or email info@stnersess.edu.
Avak Shapat – Holy Week Service Book

Archbishop Avak Asadourian, former Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Iraq, and a graduate of St. Nersess Seminary, published a revised edition of the Service Book for Holy Week. It is written in classical Armenian, with scripture readings in both classical and modern western Armenian, including Palm Sunday (Opening of the Doors) and Avak Thursday (Holy Thursday Badarak and Washing of the Feet).

Cost: $40 (includes shipping). Quantity discounts 5+. Click here to order. or mail a check made payable to St. Nersess Armenian Seminary to St. Nersess Seminary, 486 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY 10504.
A Wonderful Gift!

Published in Jerusalem, the Zhamakirk is a convenient size (4" x 6") with clear print and is nicely bound. Great ordination or holiday gift for altar servers!

Cost: $23 (includes shipping). Slightly higher fees apply if ordered online.

Click here to order online or mail a check made payable to St. Nersess Armenian Seminary to St. Nersess Seminary, 486 Bedford Road, Armonk, NY 10504.