On November 5, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, presided over the foundation blessing service of the Karekin I Spiritual-Educational Center. The center is being built through the benefaction of Mr. and Mrs. Haig and Elza Didizian of London, England, benefactors of the Mother See. The architect of the building is Artavazd Nazaretian.
Following a Prayer of Thanks and the blessing of the foundation, an encyclical, commemorating the construction, was read. It stated in part, “This educational center being build through the benefaction of the worthy citizens of the Holy Apostolic Church, the faithful and nation-loving Didizian’s, will serve an important mission in the training of clergyman and educators, as well as for holding theological, ecclesiastical and armenological meetings and conferences. The activities of the “Karekin I” Center will make an important contribution to the development and important achievements in the field of science.
May the Lord Our Savior – keep our Holy Apostolic Church vibrant and thriving, always blessing the benefactors of our nation, and granting new success in their Church-devoted mission to the Didizian family”.
Upon the invitation of His Holiness, the benefactors Haig and Elza Didizian placed the encyclical in a container which was then encased within the foundation of the building. The Armenian Pontiff gave his blessings and appreciation to the Church-dedicated Didizian family.
Present for the ceremony were delegations from Diasporan Dioceses of the Armenian Church led by their respective Diocesan Primates; Benefactors of the Mother See who had come to Armenia on the occasion of the 12th anniversary of Enthronement and 60th Birthday of the Armenian Pontiff; along with members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin, and students of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary.