"God's love puts certain responsibilities on us. The key to our culture is the language. To change this is suicide for our nation. We must defend it. Language is the foundation of our culture. My last word to you as pontiff is for you to learn the language, a few words and sentences at a time. Don't kill the love of your language in your hearts and minds. Of all the values that our forefathers created, the most valuable is the language. In your life you need the Armenian Language."

—His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians

Learn Armenian Today

Check with your local parish to see what Armenian classes are available for adults and children. If you don't have a local parish, resources are available from our St. Vartan Bookstore webiste: www.stvartanbookstore.com.

Adult Armenian language courses are offered at the Diocese's Mesrob Mashdots Institute on Wednesdays in the fall and spring. The two-hour classes—offered at the beginner, intermediate, conversation, and literature appreciation levels—are held at the Diocesan Center in New York City.

For more information, e-mail Gilda Buchakjian Kupelian, coordinator of Armenian studies at the Diocese's Department of Youth and Education, at gildak@armeniandiocese.org.