Ambassador John Heffern Visits St. Garabed Church of Las Vegas

On Tuesday, January 8, 2013, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia, His Excellency John Heffern, visited St. Garabed Church of Las Vegas to become familiarized with the parish community and get acquainted with the church construction progress. The Ambassador was accompanied by Mr. Chris Smith, COO of Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy.

During his visit, Ambassador Heffern met with St. Garabed Church Parish Pastor Archpriest Fr. Avedis Torossian, Parish Council Chair Mr. Adroushan Armenian, and construction committee members Mr. Levon Gulbenkian and Mr. Koko Darakjian.

The Ambassador toured the facility and was briefed about the construction project, which is scheduled to be completed in March 2013. Parish representatives also reported that on Sunday, January 6, Christmas service was held inside the Church for the first time, with an unprecedented 250 faithful in attendance.

Ambassador Heffern congratulated the community on their achievements and promised to visit the completed church during his next U.S. tour.

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