Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston to Host 109th Annual Diocesan Assembly


Janice T. Dorian (left) and Nancy D. Kasarjian, co-chairs of 109th Diocesan Assembly Committee

By Seta A. Buchter

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston will host the 109th Annual Assembly of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), which will be held in Boston, from April 28 through May 1.

With the theme of “Vocations: The Call to Serve; Ministry of the Faithful,” the Assembly will be presided over by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate, Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern).

Janice T. Dorian of Watertown and Nancy D. Kasarjian of Newton are co-chairs of the 109th Diocesan Assembly Committee, having been selected by the pastor and Parish Council. Both are long-standing, active members of the host parish and bring leadership and experience to the Diocesan Assembly Committee. Each has chaired numerous events and committees throughout the years both professionally and voluntarily, and served on the Executive Committee of the 86th Annual Diocesan Assembly, which Holy Trinity Church hosted in May 1988. Dorian is president of Mansfield Beauty Schools. She is a Board Member of the National Direct Student Loan Coalition; a former commissioner of the National Accrediting Commission of Cosmetology Arts & Sciences and past president of the American Association of Cosmetology Schools.

Kasarjian serves as executive director of Holy Trinity Armenian Church, a position she has held for more than 20 years. A long-time member of the Armenian Women’s Welfare Association, owners and operators of the Armenian Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica Plain, she is currently president of the board. A member of Holy Trinity’s Parish Council for six years, Kasarjian served as chairman for three years.

The assembly will be preceded by the Annual Clergy Conference, beginning on Tuesday, April 26, at The Connor Center in Dover and will end on Thursday, April 28.

The Diocesan Assembly will convene on Thursday afternoon, April 28, and conclude on Saturday,April 30,with allmeetings, events and the gala banquet and program taking place at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in downtown Boston.

On Sunday, May 1, Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at Holy Trinity Armenian Church in Cambridge followed by a Farewell Brunch for Assembly participants, guests and parishioners.

The Diocesan Assembly will hold its business sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Thursday, April 28, there will be a meeting and lunch for Parish Council Chairs and on Friday, April 29, a lunch and program for Yeretzgins. The Women’s Guild Assembly will take place on Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, there will be an Alumni Breakfast for St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, a meeting of the ACYOA Central Council and workshops for the Armenian School teachers and the Sunday School teachers and superintendents.

For those not attending meetings, Boston’s famous Duck Tour has been organized for Friday afternoon, April 29.

Parishioners and friends are invited to join the assembly participants at the gala banquet and program on Friday, April 29, at 7:30 p.m. (dinner), in the Grand Ballroom of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. The presentation of the “Friend of the Armenians” and “Armenian of the Year” Awards will take place and tribute will be given to the Armenian Heritage Foundation, sponsors of the Armenian Heritage Park on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway in Boston. There will be an exhibit by the Armenian Library and Museum of America titled “Who Are the Armenians?” RSVP is requested by April 6. Reservations can be made by contacting the Holy Trinity Church office or made online at www.htaac.org/assembly under “Diocesan Assembly.”

The Women’s Guild Central Council’s 2nd Annual WOW (“Woman of Wonder”) Luncheon, Celebrating Helene Dorian, will be held on Saturday, April 30, at 1 p.m. in the Statler Room at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Helene is being honored for her many years of dedication to the Women’s Guild, Women’s Guild Central Council, Holy Trinity Armenian Church of Greater Boston and the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern). The luncheon is open to parishioners and friends. Reservations are requested by April 20 and can be made by contacting Charlotte Sevazlian or Linda Harutunian.