Prelate Presides over Groundbreaking Ceremony at the California Armenia Home in Fresno


The California Armenian Home in Fresno has embarked on an expansion project to develop the current facility into a full-service senior living community. On Thursday, June 16, 2016, H.E. Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, traveled to Fresno to preside over the groundbreaking ceremony of the new facility. He was accompanied by Holy Trinity Church parish pastor Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Ashekian, Board of Trustees Chair Mr. Bill Sahatdjian, and members.

The program began with welcoming remarks by Fresno County Supervisor and Master of Ceremonies Debbie Poochigian, who after greeting the guests and elected officials in attendance, introduced the clergy and invited them to bless the land.

The Prelate and clergy conducted the ground blessing ceremony, after which His Eminence delivered remarks. “I have no doubt that all of us here share a special love and respect for our elders, who are beloved and integral members of society,” expressed the Prelate, and citing from the “Year of Elder” proclamation of His Holiness Catholicos Aram I, commended the California Armenian Home members for the high level of care, love, attention, and respect they have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate toward our elders for over sixty years. The Prelate blessed the members for their God-pleasing work in caring for our elder generation, and wished for the successful realization of the construction project which will allow more of our elders to live out their golden years in a first-rate establishment where they are cared for and nurtured like family. In conclusion, His Eminence conveyed his blessings to the guests and residents, praying for the Lord’s protection upon them all.
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The program continued with remarks by Board President Lucy Kazanjian Grayson, who spoke of this extraordinary milestone for the Armenian Home and introduced the members of the Board, Expansion Committee, and Executive Staff. Remarks followed by Board, Committee, and Armenian Home members, who gave an overview of the story and history of the Home and of the expansion plan process, introduced the Building Team, and recognized the efforts of all the volunteers. Keynote speaker Richard Aaron highlighted the important of unity of effort as the key to success. Closing remarks were delivered by Supervisor Poochigian, who invited the clergy, officials, and Board members for the groundbreaking.

Afterward, the Prelate had a meeting with the Pastor and Board of Trustees of Holy Trinity Church to discuss parish related issues. He also visited and conveyed his blessings and well wishes to residents.

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