Holy Trinity Church, Cambridge, Honors Albert Zouranjian as ‘Man of the Year’


From left, Bruce Newell, Albert Zouranjian and Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian

From left, Bruce Newell, Albert Zouranjian and Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — On Sunday, October 25, the Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston celebrated the 48th anniversary of the consecration of their church on Brattle Street. Fr. Vasken A. Kouzouian offered prayers during church services for the departed souls of Holy Trinity parishioners, pastors, members of the Building Committee, Women’s Guild members and those who have worked for our church.

Following church services, parishioners, friends and family gathered in the Charles and Nevart Talanian Cultural Hall to honor their “Man of the Year” recipient, Albert Zouranjian, a lifelong member and true steward of the church who has continually given his “time and talent and treasures” over the years. Aram Hintlian, Diocesan Delegate, who served as master of ceremonies, introduced Lynne Zouranjian Rigolini, who offered the toast in honor of her father.

In his tribute, Bruce Newell, Parish Council chairman, warmly spoke of this year’s “Man of the Year” recipient, Albert Zouranjian, chronicling his dedication, service and commitment to Holy Trinity Church over the years.

A lifelong member of the church, Zouranjian was baptized at Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Boston on Shawmut Avenue. He served on the Parish Council for six years, two as treasurer and four as chairman. He was a Diocesan Delegate for eight years, served as chairman of numerous parish assemblies, was a trustee of the Holy Trinity Trust Fund and chaired and served on numerous committees over the years, among them the Martyrs Monument Committee, the Dome Repair Committee and the Scholarship Committee. And, of course, he always runs the beverage counter at the Trinity Festivals and Trinity Christmas Bazaars.

Warm words were expressed regarding Zouranjian’s late wife, Virginia Orchanian Zouranjian. He is the proud parent of two children, Lynne and her husband, Scott Rigolini, and Amy and her husband, Timothy Anastasia; and the grandparent of two, Alexis Rigolini and Scott Rigolini, Jr.

At the conclusion of his remarks, Newell and Kouzouian, on behalf of the parish, presented Zouranjian with an inscribed crystal mantelpiece. In expressing his gratitude for this honor, Zouranjian spoke of becoming involved in church activities when his daughters were in Sunday School and said he never looked back, remaining active to this day.

In his remarks, Kouzouian stated: “Al Zouranjian served this parish so very well for many years. When his elected term was over, he remained a valuable facet of our parish, never walking away from his church when his formal duties were over. Chairman of the Parish Council one day, Diocesan Delegate the next, chairman of the Monument Committee after that, member of the Board of Trustees of the Trust Fund, and he now rolls up his sleeves and helps his church at every bazaar, every picnic, and every time he’s called upon. And if that wasn’t enough, he raised his family in the life of the parish and they have been every bit ‘a beautiful part’ of the life of Holy Trinity Armenian Church. I look forward to journeying with them, as well, as they pick up the mantel of their father and mother. Al Zouranjian, you are one of the solid marble pillars of our church. For all those years that you have given so selflessly of your time, talent and treasure. We thank you.”

Also during the banquet, Newell recognized three outgoing Parish Council members, Bill Cirino, Edmond J. Danielson and Ara Dermovsesian. Cirino served the Parish Council for six years, three years as assistant treasurer; Dermovsesian served four years as advisor; and Danielson served for six years, four as treasurer, one year as assistant treasurer and one as assistant secretary. On behalf of the parish, Kouzouian and Newell presented each with an inscribed crystal faceted paperweight.

Kouzouian concluded the afternoon program with a Benediction. Parishioners and friends then had the opportunity to individually congratulate the “Man of the Year,” Albert Zouranjian.