Archive for August, 2013

A Summer at the Diocese

August 14th, 2013    |    No Comments »

Thanks to the Diocese’s Summer Internship Program and the AGBU New York Summer Internship Program, this summer has definitely been a memorable one.

From day one, I felt welcomed by all the staff at the Diocesan Center.  From my supervisors to the people I worked with every day, the camaraderie was so warm that it felt like a family.  For someone who enjoys being around other Armenians so much, I couldn’t think of a better way to transition from spending my summers at Armenian camps to joining the “real world.”

As an economics major at Binghamton University, I was assigned to the finance department. The team at the Diocese was very friendly and helpful in familiarizing me with the Diocese’s financial operations. I also learned more about my faith and heritage through weekly Bible study and services at St. Vartan Cathedral.

One of the highlights of my time here was taking a ride with Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Diocesan Primate, to St. Vartan Camp in upstate New York. During our two-and-half-hour car ride we shared a wonderful conversation about what it means to be Armenian, the future of the Armenian Church, and other topics. I then enjoyed spending a day with campers at the beautiful facility in Greenville, NY. I also went on a trip with my supervisor, Michael Guglielmo, to St. Nersess Seminary.

As part of the AGBU program, I spent the summer living with other Armenian interns at New York University. It’s been amazing to come in contact with such motivated young Armenians from all around the world. I met people my age from Armenia, Russia, Lebanon, Turkey, England, France, and different parts of the United States. Our group bonded through a number of events put together by our coordinators and director.

We enjoyed the city to the fullest by sightseeing whenever we got a chance. We had several professional lectures where established Armenians shared advice, and through mentoring sessions we met with Armenian professionals in our individual fields. We took a trip to the Armenian Old Age home in Flushing, where we put on a talent show and spent time with the residents.

It has been an amazing summer, and I have built many strong bonds with people from all parts of the globe. It’s been a privilege and a blessing for me to have had the opportunity to take part in such a remarkable program.

— Anthony Aram Antreasyan interned this summer at the Diocesan Center

Anthony

Anthony Antreasyan reviews spreadsheets during his summer internship at the Diocesan Center.

A New iBook on the Transfiguration

August 7th, 2013    |    No Comments »

The Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America is pleased to announce the release of its latest electronic book for the Apple iPad: “Transfiguration.” We invite you to download this free book, and to embark on a journey through the story of Christ’s miraculous transformation on Mt. Tabor.

The book relates the Gospel story of the Transfiguration and introduces the ways in which the feast is celebrated in the Armenian Church (this year, the observance will take place on Sunday, July 7). The digital book is packed with interactive features, including:

  • Video: watch the story come alive on your screen
  • Music: listen to the hymns of the Transfiguration in a virtual sanctuary
  • Audio: listen to the Transfiguration story in English and Armenian
  • Photo galleries: explore artists’ renderings of the events on Mt. Tabor
  • A “Lexicon” page: learn Armenian words and names associated with this feast day

“Transfiguration” is the first in a series of interactive books the Diocese plans to publish in the coming year as part of the Diocesan theme, “Living the Gospel of Christ.” The series will walk readers through the five major feasts of the Armenian Church.

As always, we welcome your comments and suggestions. Please take the time to rate our new publication and to write a review on the iBookstore.

A page from the "Transfiguration" book. The book is available for free download on the iPad.

A page from the “Transfiguration” book. The book is available for free download on the iPad.

The book's features include a virtual sanctuary, where users can listen to Armenian hymns.

The book’s features include a virtual sanctuary, where users can listen to Armenian hymns.