LOS ANGELES–The second Pontifical Visit of His Holiness Karekin II–Catholicos of All Armenia’s–to the Western Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Church–will take place from June 1-20. This particular visit is of historical significance as the foundations of the new Mother Cathedral of the 107-year-old Diocese will be laid during a groundbreaking ceremony.
The Pontiff’s visit marks a milestone in the life of the Armenian community in North America. During his time in California–the Catholicos will celebrate Divine Liturgy–visit Diocese churches–conduct religious services–meet with organizations and youth–as well as visit hospitals in the area.
The Blessing of the Foundation Stones of the Mother Cathedral of the Western Diocese will take place on Saturday–June 4–at 10:00 AM–presided by His Holiness and assisted by Western Diocese Archbishop Hovnan Derderian. The Pontifical banquet welcoming His Holiness will take place later that evening at the Century Plaza Hotel. For reservations or more information–visit the Armenian Church website at www.armenianchrchwd.com or contact the Diocesan office at (818) 558-7474.
The Pontifical Divine Liturgy will be held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles on Sunday–June 5 at 3:30 PM. His Holiness will travel up the coast of California visiting the parishes of Central and Northern California from June 11-20.