YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Catholicos of All Armenia’s Karekin I awarded the "St. Gregory the Illuminator" Order to Bangkok-based benefactor of Armenian origin Norair (Bob) Ter-Gevorgian for patriotic and religious donations. The "St. Gregory the Illuminator" Order is the highest award of the Catholicosate of All Armenia’s.
The huge donation made by Norair Ter-Gevorgian to the Armenian Apostolic Church recently was a big contribution to the construction of the St. Ashkhen Chapel at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Yerevan on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as a state religion in Armenia.
To read out the decree–the Catholicos’ Vicar General Arch. Garegin Nersissian asked the Catholicos of All Armenia’s for blessing–whereafter he decorated the benefactor with the order.
Attending the awarding ceremony were Armenian Foreign Minister Vardan Oskanian–American benefactor of Armenian origin Hrair Hovnanian–clergymen–other guests.