Forty days ago–the Armenian nation in general and the Armenian Community of the Western United States in particular lost a great friend and prominent philanthropist–namely Richard Carolan. Private funeral services were held on July 30th in New York’s Sleepy Hollow Cemetery.
On the 40th day of this great benefactor’s death–on September 5–a special private requiem service was held in New York–at Hollow Cemetery. His Grace Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian–Prelate of the Western United States performed the solemn requiem service.
On Sunday–September 8th–a special requiem service will be held in all our Prelacy churches in memory of the benefactor. His Grace the Prelate has invited our parishioners to attend the service and to pay their respect through prayers.
The passing of Richard Carolan was a great loss not only for his wife Mrs. Tina Carolan and his children; Richard Jr. and Kimberly together with their families–and the Kerian family–but also for the Armenian Community worldwide and especially for the parishioners of the Western Prelacy. Besides being a distinguished gentleman–Richard Carolan was a close friend of the Armenia’s and the Prelacy–as well as a believer in the important mission of the Catholicosate of the Great House of Cilicia. Our Prelacy–our schools–Armenian organizations and Armenian and Artsakh Republics were privileged to have a benefactor like Richard–who wholeheartedly supported every project and funded many.
The close bond between the Carolan family and our Prelacy was established a few decades ago and flourished year by year. We specially cherish Mrs. Tina Carolan’s love and support towards her Armenian heritage that inspired Richard to become a generous benefactor of the Armenian nation. In appreciation of his services and devotion to the Armenian institutions–the Late Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia–His Holiness Karekin II (who was later Karekin I Catholicos of All Armenia’s) bestowed upon Richard Carolan the insignia of the "Knight of Cilicia" in October 1994. Later on–and during His Pontifical visit to our Prelacy on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity in Armenia–His Holiness Aram I Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia bestowed upon him the insignia of "Prince of Cilicia" in October 2000. Unfortunately Richard’s poor health deprived him of the honor to accept the insignia personally–so it was handed to his son Richard Jr.
On the occasion of passing away of Richard Carolan–His Grace the Prelate had sent Mrs. Tina a letter to express the condolences of the Religious and the Executive councils of the Western Prelacy. In his letter–Bishop Moushegh Mardirossian had stressed that the Armenian Community of Western United States has lost a great friend and philanthropist–whose name is inscribed in golden letters in the annals of our Prelacy.
May the Almighty bless his soul and grant him eternal rest alongside the virtuous.
– Tivan of the Western Prelacy