Clergy Conference Held Ahead of Western Prelacy 46th Representative Assembly

Ahead of the Western Prelacy 46th Representative Assembly and in preparation for a new term of service, on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, a clergy conference was held at Holy Martyrs Church in Encino presided by H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate.

The day began with a prayer service and a spiritual meditation by the Prelate. His Eminence first greeted the clergy and once again congratulated Vicar General H.G. Bishop Torkom Donoyan on his recent Episcopal ordination. The theme of the meditation was Romans 12:2, which gives the message to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Renewal necessitates living in the example of Christ, it begins with a conscious awareness of the mission we are called to, and renewal of the mind comes from the presence of the Holy Spirit, said the Prelate, and called for the clergy to serve our church and nation with renewed faith and devotion.

The conference convened at “Yeghia Sarafian” Hall with opening remarks by the Prelate, who wished for the day’s proceedings to be beneficial for all and lead to renewed spirits and drive. The election of the tivan followed; Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian served as Chair and Rev. Fr. Karekin Bedourian as Secretary. Fr. Muron also expressed his wish for the conference to be fruitful and impel all in their mission. The Religious Council report to be presented at the Representative Assembly was reviewed and participants offered their input.

The second session convened after lunch. The Vicar General presented a lecture on spiritual renewal highlighting the message of Ephesians chapter 4. “Renewal is an ongoing process. It has a beginning but no end. When it comes to our faith especially, we are always in need of renewal,” said the Vicar General, who then presented the ten-year plan of action for reorganization and revitalization which was prepared by a special committee and whose work continues. The Prelate shared his thoughts and suggestions, and clergy participated in the discussion by sharing their ideas and experiences.

The remainder of the session included the presentation of reports by parish pastors, plans for the centennial celebration of the first Republic of Armenia and forthcoming feasts, drafting of suggestions to present to the Representative Assembly, election of religious delegates to the Assembly, and unforeseen matters.

Given that the Prelate was to participate in a meeting of the In Defense of Christians Religious Advisory Board, the Vicar General delivered the closing message commending the service of the clergymen and urging for their service to be rooted in devotion and mutual respect.

The conference concluded with the singing of the hymn “Disciples of Christ,” Cilicia, and the Pontifical anthem, followed by the benediction.

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