…In Armenia Catholicosate Prelacy Our Parish

  • Armenians in B.C.
  • St. Gregory's Parish
  • Board of Trustees
  • CANAR reps
  • Choir
  • Ladies Guild

The Armenians in British Columbia

“The Armenians, one of the oldest people in the world, started to come to British Columbia, first in the 1880′s, during the construction of the Canadian Pacific. Then, a small number of Armenian survivors settled in B.C. following the Armenian Genocide by the Ottoman Turks, during World War I. They established their own businesses and prospered. A new influx of Armenians occurred in the 50′s and 60′s, mainly from the Middle East, because of the political upheaval and the treath of an uncertain future.”

Excerpt and pictures from “10th Anniversary Celebration Commemorative booklet, June 10, 1990″

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Saint Gregory’s Parish

20130119172312685_Page_2Saint Gregory’s Parish was first established as an ecclesiastic community in August of 1980. The construction of the Church and the community center’s Lazarian Hall ended in 1986. The anointment (according to our Church’s 17 century tradition) and opening took place on November 22-23 of the same year, under the auspices of His Grace Arshbishop Mesrob Ashdjian.

The Church has served the Armenian community of Greater Vancouver, guided by the example of it’s patron saint, Gregory the Illuminator, who became the first Catholicos of the State recognized Church of Armenian, in the year 301 a.d.

The following pastors have been the spiritual shepherds of St. Gregory’s herd:

H.G. Archbishop Nareg Alemezian (currently, Locum Tenens of the Armenian Church of Cyprus)

Father Nareg Pehlivanian (currently, pastor of Holy Cross Arm. Church in Montebello, U.S.A.)

Very Rev. Fr. Yeghishe Manjikian (currently, residing monk in Catholicosate)

Very Rev. Fr. Vahan Berberian (currently, assistant to the Prelate in Syria)

Very Rev. Fr. Housig Mardirossian (currently, Ecumenical Officer)

Very. Rev Fr. Hrant Tahanian, current pastor.

Board of Trustees – Հոգաբարձութիւն

Kevork Kochkrian
Chairperson
Kevin@valenzya.ca

Vicken Movsessian
Vice-Chairperson
vicken@dccnet.com

Vicken Kullahian
Treasurer
Vicken123@hotmail.ca

Ara Baghamian
Vice-Treasurer
baghamian@yahoo.ca

Raffi Chapanian
Secretary
rchapanian@hotmail.com

Vicken Kochian
Vice-Secretary
viken1906@hotmail.com

Ohan Gureghian
(member at large)
ohan256@hotmail.com

 


 

Canadian Armenian National Assembly Representatives – Երեսփոխաններ

Ohan Gureghian

Ovsanna Kadian

Hagop DerHagopian

 

Choir – Սարկաւագաց եւ Դպրաց Դաս

Rosig Bakhtchedjian, Choir Director

Antranig Teghararian, Head Deacon

Nazeli  Sagherian, Chorist

Bedig Bedirian, Deacon

Ohan Gureghian, Deacon

Ara Baghamian, Sub-Deacon

Mher Mardoyan,  Sub-Deacon

Harout Bechrikian, Tebir

Harout Bebejian, Tebir

Arek Bechrikian, Altar boy

Simon Bakhtchedjian, Altar boy

Vicken and Serj Boyadjian, Altar boys

Lorig Kullahian, Chorist

Palig and Karni Kochkrian, Chorist

Anna Bakhtchedjian, Chorist

Aya Chapanian, Chorist

Ladies Guild – Տիկնաց Յանձնախումբ

Active members:

Marie Cavak
Chairperson
mmchatoyan@hotmail.com

Donna Papazian
Treasurer
donnapapazian@hotmail.com

Berjouhie Hogikian

Eriknaz Petrosyan

Ilham Krikorian

 

 

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