Prelate Presents “Knight Of Cilicia” Medal to Benefactor George Tumanjan on Behalf of His Holiness

 

On Tuesday, June 25, 2013, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, visited benefactor Mr. George Tumanjan to present the Pontifical Encyclical of His Holiness Catholicos Aram I and “Knight of Cilicia” medal, which was bestowed upon him in response to a request by the Prelate.  Holy Cross Cathedral Pastor Rev. Fr. Ashod Kambourian and Board of Trustees Chair Mrs. Goharik Gabriel joined in the visit.  Tumanjan family members were also present for the presentation.

Mr. George Tumanjan has dedicated his life to helping others and to doing God’s work.  For over five decades, has served humbly and selflessly, in the example of a true Christian.  He has served the Armenian Apostolic Church and particularly Holy Cross Church and later Cathedral for over fifty years.  Through his membership on the Board of Trustees, Finance, and Construction Committees, he facilitated the construction of Holy Cross Cathedral in 1981.  His desire to have young parishioners gather for various activities inspired him to build the “Tumanjan Youth Center”.

Mr. George Tumanjan’s philanthropic efforts are numerous.  Earlier this year he surprised everyone by generously donating the entire cost of the Cathedral renovation.  Several years ago he contributed the funds for the renovation of the youth center which bears his name. His generosity extends beyond the church to family, friends, employees, and various organizations.    He is known in the Armenian and non-Armenian community alike as a humanitarian, and has been honored by the Boy Scouts of America and the YMCA as man of the year.

In recognition and appreciation of his lifetime of devoted service and benevolence, His Holiness Catholicos Aram I has awarded Mr. George Tumanjan the “Knight of Cilicia” honor and medal.

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