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NEW BOOK HIGHLIGHTS ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF LATE CATHOLICOS VASKEN I

Diocese to hold reception in honor of its newest publication

A new book published by the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), detailing the accomplishments of the late Catholicos Vasken I and the Armenian Church during his pontificate, is the latest installment in the multi-volume work "History of the Armenian Nation", known as "Azgapatum", written by Fr. Zaven Arzoumanian. The Eastern Diocese will recognize Fr. Arzoumanian and his work during a special reception on Friday, November 21, 2003, at the Diocesan Center in New York City.

Fr. Arzoumanian will be present, and the event, organized by the Diocese's Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center, will include Fr. Haigazoun Najarian as the Armenian-language speaker, Fr. Vahan Hovhanessian as English-language speaker, and Fr. Krikor Maksoudian as master of ceremonies.

The free, public reception launching the new book will be at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2003, in the Diocesan Center, 630 Second Avenue at 35th St. To attend, please make reservations by calling Mary Berberian, at the Diocese, (212) 686-0710 ext. 30.

Continuation of history

Fr. Arzoumanian has already written two books -- covering the history of the Armenian Church and people in the years between 1910 and 1930, and between 1930 and 1955. His set of three books are intended as the continuation of Patriarach Malachia Ormanian's own remarkable three-volume "Azgapatum", which was written in the early 20th century and covers the entire history of the Armenian Church and nation.

The new 375-page volume, written in Armenian, covers the 40 years highlighted by the pontificate of the late Catholicos of All Armenians Vasken I, 1955 to 1995. This volume highlights the accomplishments of Catholicos Vasken, especially his numerous pontifical visits abroad and his meetings with the leaders of sister churches and the statesmen of various countries throughout the world. Fr. Arzoumanian describes the restoration and renovation of ancient Armenian churches and monasteries throughout the world, as well as the events happening during that time frame in Armenia and the Diaspora.

As an eyewitness to the events of this period, Fr. Arzoumanian expresses his high regards for venerable hierarchs, while not shying from critically reviewing their shortcomings and those of church conferences and assemblies if he felt this was warranted.

Fr. Arzoumanian is also the author of a number of works on Armenian historiography, such as his translations of the 8th century "History of Ghevond" and two volumes of the 10th century historian Ukhtanes of Sebastia. He has also published monographs on the Armenian historians Sebeos, Ghevond and Kirakos of Gandzak, in addition to the catalogues of ancient Armenian manuscripts found in the libraries in the Philadelphia, Princeton, and McGill universities.

A native of Cairo, Egypt, Fr. Arzoumanian studied in the Seminary of Antelias, Lebanon; at the University of London, England; and at Temple and Columbia Universities, culminating his formal education with the master's of arts, master's of philosophy, and doctorate degree in philosophy. He has served as a pastor in Ethiopia, London, Paris, Geneva, Philadelphia, and Boca Raton, FL.

The reception launching the new book will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 21, 2003, in the Diocesan Center, 630 Second Avenue at 35th St. A reception will follow. It will be free of charge, but you must make reservations by calling Mary Berberian, at the Diocese, (212) 686-0710 ext. 30. The event is organized by the Diocese's Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center.

Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), November 18, 2003


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