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07/07/2019

Boston –June 20, 2019.  A brand-new Armenian Church in Massachusetts’ Merrimack Valley now has a brand-new Armenian cross to adorn its steeple. The cross was consecrated on Thursday, June 20, the gift of the Boston, Massachusetts based Knights of Vartan Ararat Tahlij No. 1 and its Arpie Otyag No. 9. Many of the lodge and Otyag members were on hand with their families as Bishop Daniel Findikyan consecrated the large gold cross which now stands proudly atop the Haverhill, Massachusetts area church. This was Bishop Findikyan’s first visit to the church since recently being elected Primate of the Armenian Church of America’s Eastern Diocese. Also participating in the consecration service were Armenian Church Pastors from across Massachusetts as well as the Dean of the Saint Nersess Armenian Seminary in New York.

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Mr. Tellalian Giving a Presentation on How Boston Armenian Heritage Park in Boston was Built

On Sunday afternoon, February 25, 2018, over 125 people gathered at St. Peter Armenian Apostolic Church, in Watervliet, N.Y., to hear keynote speaker Mr. Donald Tellalian give a presentation on “How We Built The Park.”

Mr. Tellalian’s presentation was in reference to the Boston Armenian Heritage Park in Boston, and he was the principle architect of that historical project.

The program was sponsored by the Knights and Daughters of Vartan, Watervliet, NY, Davros Lodge and Shakeh Otyag respectively, and was attended by a number of dignitaries, including NEI Grand District Representatives, N.S. Thomas Dabakian and Yn. Patricia Buttero, along with NY Congressman Paul D. Tonko, Rensselaer County Executive, Hon. Steven F. McLaughlin, and representatives from the local Armenian churches and outlying ethnic communities.

In addition to Mr. Tellalian’s informative and inspiring PowerPoint presentation, the program featured musical selections by acting Sbarabed Rafi Topalian, and songs and recitations by the Armenian School Students, directed by Asbed Dr. Ara Kayayan. The special Lenten meal was prepared by Asbed Bill Nevins, assisted by Knights and Daughters of Davros Lodge and Shakeh Otyag.

To say the event was a rousing success is an understatement, and all members of Davros Lodge and Shakeh Otyag should be proud of their accomplishment.

In closing, a special recognition and thanks should go to our acting Sbarabed Mr. Rafi Topalian, who worked tirelessly to organize this event.