Memorial Evening Dedicated to Archbishop Goriun Babian


On the evening of Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the life and service of Archbishop Goriun Babian was commemorated with a tribute event held at the Glendale Youth Center “Karamanoukian” Hall under the auspices of H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, and organized by the Friends of New Julfa. Archbishop Babian, who entered eternal rest in May of 2015, served as Prelate of New Julfa, Isfahan for nearly twenty-five years. The Prelate attended and delivered his tribute to the late Archbishop. His Eminence was accompanied by Rev. Fr. Gomidas Torossian. H.E. Archbishop Vatche Hovsepian was among the guests in attendance.

The program began with a requiem prayer in memory of Archbishop Babian. Welcoming remarks were delivered by Master of Ceremonies Jackie Gharakhanian. Keynote speaker Mr. Saro Nazarian spoke about Archbishop Babian’s life and legacy as a Prelate and scholar. Guests also enjoyed a cultural program of songs and recitations.

The program concluded with the Prelate’s message. His Eminence paid tribute to Archbishop Babian as a faithful servant of our Lord and nation and a dutiful and devoted member of the Holy See of Cilicia.The Prelate also lauded the late Archbishop’s legacy as a teacher and scholar and his virtues as a humble clergyman, which earned him the love and respect of his flock.

A reception followed.

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