The 36th Annual Assembly of the Armenian Diocese of Canada, hosted by St. Mesrob Armenian Apostolic Church of Ottawa was held on May 24-26, 2019, in Ottawa, Ontario. Delegates from parishes across Canada, along with participation in the Diocesan Assembly, had an opportunity to celebrate the historical milestone in the chronical of the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church in Canada – the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the parish of St. Mesrob Armenian Church.
His Grace Bishop Abgar Hovakimyan, Primate, presided over the Assembly.
On this historic occasion, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, sent Pontifical blessings from the Spiritual center for all Armenians – Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, to the entire flock of the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church in Canada.
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, on behalf of the Government of Canada, extended greetings to the Assembly participants and expressed wishes of success.
Ontario Premier Doug Ford, and Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson as well, sent their congratulatory notes.
On May 25, His Grace Bishop Abgar Hovakimyan, has been re-elected as Primate of the Armenian Holy Apostolic Church Canadian Diocese.
To summarize the 2018 diocesan activities, the Annual Report, and a Yearbook in Armenian, English, and French were presented to the delegates.
At the Assembly, reports of numerous diocesan ministries – Women’s Guild Central Council (WGCC), the Children’s Fund For Armenia (CFFA), the Canadian Armenian Association of Performing Art (CAAPA), the Ararat Summer Youth Camp, as well as the reports of the Chancellery and the Diocesan Endowment Fund, were discussed and appropriate resolutions were approved by the delegates.
The Assembly elected members of the Diocesan Council – the highest executive body of the Diocese, Board of Trustees, Nominating and Auditing Committees.
On Saturday evening, the Parish Council of St. Mesrob Church organized a banquet in honour of the Diocesan Delegates and to mark the 40th Anniversary of the National Capital Parish.