His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, visited the Diocesan Center in New York.
His Beatitude was warmly welcomed by the Diocesan Primate, His Eminence Bishop Daniel Findikyan on Wednesday December 18, and they enjoyed a meaningful meeting during a luncheon, together with clergy of the Eastern Diocese of America.
The Primate of the Eastern Diocese of America, His Eminence Bishop Daniel Findikyan, warmly addressed His Beatitude the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, and stressed the importance of the Holy Places. “Jerusalem has been a critically important center for Armenian Christians for centuries, and a great influence over our church’s vision, theology, and liturgy,” His Eminence Bishop Daniel Findikyan said. “Even today, traveling to Jerusalem changes the lives of countless Armenian pilgrims, and it honors us to be in the company of the leader of our Patriarchate today.
We pray for the ongoing ministry and health of Patriarch Nourhan, and for the courage he shows in defense of the Armenian presence in the Holy Land.”
His Beatitude informed His Eminence and all present, about the situation of the Christians, and in particular about the Armenian Apostolic Church in the Holy Land.
His Beatitude has planned various restorations, some of which are the renewal of the Armenian Museum, work being diligently done by trained specialists in the Patriarchal Archives and the Manuscript library, renovations of churches, buildings and walls. The educational institutions of the Armenian Patriarchate, the Sts. Tarkmanchatz Armenian School and the Theological Seminary attract a large number of students, who, upon graduating are ready to pursue their career in work, or, in case of Seminarians, in a clerical environment.
His Beatitude thanked His Eminence, clergy and faithful for their moral as well as material support.
The Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem also spoke about the newly founded organization “Knights of St. James,” dedicated to support the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem.
The whole meeting, hosted by the Eastern Diocese, was characterized by a warm and cordial atmosphere.