Upon concluding his stay in Chicago–His Holiness Aram I–visited the small community of Waukegan–Illinois and the St. Paul Church in the city Thursday.
Following–the Catholicos accompanied by the his entourage traveled to Racine–Wisc. where he met with parishioners at St. Jacob’s Church.
On the same evening the Catholicos attended a banquet in his honor–and was greeted by community members–representatives of Racine area non-Armenian churches–as well as civic personalities. Several speakers from among the attendees welcomed the Catholicos and praised the work of the Eastern Prelacy.
During his address–Aram I emphasized the necessity of faith in the daily life of all individuals–and praised the various churches for undertaking this task.
The following day–His Holiness delivered a speech at the University of Wisconsin entitled "Inter-Church Movement at the Threshold of the 21st Century." On the same day a press conference took place–following which the Catholicosal entourage proceeded to Detroit.
Upon arrival in Detroit–His Holiness Aram I visited the St. Sarkis Church–and following the traditional sermon he remained at the chruch to speak with the parishioners.
The Catholicos attended a youth assembly at the church on Saturday and participated in a breakfast with the youngsters and their parents. The youth then presented a cultural program for the Catholicos–after which he praised the diligence and talents.
In his speech–Aram I also encouraged the maintenance of the Armenian culture and spirit in the new generation of Armenian-Americans.
That afternoon the Pontiff visited the Armenian Center of Detroit–meeting with representatives of Hamazkayin–Homenetmen and the Armenian Relief Society. On Sunday–The Catholicos officiated mass at St. Sarkis–and the blessing of several new images to be used in the interior of the church also took place. Those images had been prepared by artist Samuel Petrossian.
After the mass–a wreath laying ceremony was held at the Genocide memorial on the church grounds.
A banquet was held in honor of the Catholicos at the Ritz Carlton hotel –where a number of dignitaries and community personalities paid tribute to the Armenian Church.
Detroit philanthropists Mr. and Mrs. Carl Soghoyan donated $100,000 to the Catholicosate for the implementation of special programs.