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Young Adult Pilgrimage to Jerusalem – June 5-June 14, 2015

posted Mar 31, 2015, 1:28 PM by Kansas City Armenian Church
To:       The Reverend Clergy and Parish Council Chairs
From:   Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate
Date:    March 27, 2015

To each of you, I send my warmest greetings and blessings as we look forward to Easter.
I am writing to inform you that the Diocese is once again organizing its Young Adult Pilgrimage to Jerusalem. The success of past three years has encouraged us to undertake this effort, again with the sponsorship of Mr. Aso Tavitian.
This year’s trip, “Leadership in the Light of Our Lord,” will take place from June 5 to June 14, 2015. The Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan, pastor of the St. Mary Armenian Church in Washington, D.C., will lead the pilgrimage.
As in previous years, I am asking you to identify one worthy youth representative between the ages of 21 and 26 to represent your parish on this pilgrimage.
For 10 days, participants will tour the Holy Land, tracing the footsteps of our Lord Jesus Christ through Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, and Jerusalem. As they experience the great sites of Biblical history, they will also be immersing themselves in the sacred history of our own people who have lived in the Holy Land for centuries, led by the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
The cost of the trip will be approximately $3,200 for each participant, and we are asking each parish to subsidize $1,000 for its youth representative. All other expenses are being underwritten by our donor.
Please identify your youth representative and inform the Diocese of his or her name and contact information no later than Wednesday, April 15. Please direct this information to Lori Odabashian at LorieO@armeniandiocese.org.  Once this has been done, we will contact each participant directly with the necessary registration materials and deadlines for submission.
Please note that the program will be limited to a maximum of 25 participants, who will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
If you have any questions regarding the pilgrimage, please feel free to contact Lorie at (212) 686-0710 ext. 143.
We are looking forward to offering this uplifting pilgrimage for our young leaders. May our Lord strengthen their faith, and inspire their hearts, to serve him and his holy church.