Resolution J421-2013

Commemorating the pastoral installation of The Reverend Father Abraham Malkhasyan of the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs



  • Feb 5, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Feb 1, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  commemorating  the pastoral installation of The
Reverend Father Abraham Malkhasyan of the Armenian Church  of  the  Holy

WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body to bring full recogni-
tion and just tribute to those men and women of religious commitment who
accept  the  responsibility of moral leadership and render the wisdom of
human understanding; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions,  this  Legislative Body is justly proud to commem-
orate the pastoral installation of The Reverend Father  Abraham  Malkha-
syan  of  the  Armenian  Church of the Holy Martyrs, to be celebrated on
Sunday, February 10, 2013, in Bayside, New York; and
  WHEREAS, Abraham Malkhasyan was born on March 10,  1978,  in  Yerevan,
Armenia,  where he attended secondary school before enrolling at the St.
James Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of  Jerusalem  in  1992;  in
1994,  he  returned to Armenia and continued his studies at the Seminary
of Gyumri; and
  WHEREAS, Abraham Malkhasyan has also studied at the Gevorkian Theolog-
ical Seminary of Holy Etchmiadzin,  and  at  the  Central  Institute  of
English  and  Foreign Languages in Hyderabad, India, where he received a
degree in translation and teaching; and
  WHEREAS, Abraham Malkhasyan was ordained to the  diaconate  by  Bishop
Sion  Adamyan at Holy Etchmiadzin on December 25, 2003, the Feast of St.
Stephan; as a deacon, he assisted in parishes in Yerevan,  Arinj,  Bjni,
and Etchmiadzin; and
  WHEREAS,  From 2004 to 2005, Father Abraham Malkhasyan was assigned to
work in the Karekin I Armenological and Theological Center as an assist-
ant to the director; between 2005 and 2006, he  taught  Armenian  Church
music  and worked as an assistant secretary to the dean of the Vaskenian
Theological Seminary of Sevan; and
  WHEREAS, In 2006, by the order of His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme
Patriarch and Catholicos of All  Armenians,  Father  Abraham  Malkhasyan
traveled  abroad  to  study at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul,
Minnesota; he graduated in 2009, earning a master's degree in  theology;
  WHEREAS,  While  studying  in Minnesota, Father Abraham Malkhasyan was
involved in the pastoral life of the Armenian  community  at  St.  Sahag
Church;  in  December of 2009, he returned to Holy Etchmiadzin, where he
worked in the Internet Department as an  assistant-secretary  and  as  a
translator  for  Etchmiadzin's  website; in addition, he taught Biblical
Studies at the Vaskenian Seminary; and
  WHEREAS, Father Abraham Malkhasyan was ordained to the holy priesthood
by Bishop Hovagim Manougyan on August 29, 2010;  following  his  ordina-
tion, he served at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Yerevan;
  WHEREAS,  On  June  1,  2011, Father Abraham Malkhasyan arrived in the
United States to serve in the Eastern Diocese; he was assigned by  Arch-
bishop Barsamian to complete his pastoral internship at St. Hagop Church
of  Pinellas  Park,  Florida, and to serve as a visiting priest at Soorp
Haroutiun Church of Orlando; and
  WHEREAS, Father Abraham Malkhasyan  completed  the  Clinical  Pastoral
Education (CPE) program at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, Florida;
upon the completion of his internship, he began serving as the pastor of
the Church of the Holy Martyrs; and
  WHEREAS, This distinguished man of God has always given enlightenment,
guidance  and  wisdom to the many entrusted to his care and has adminis-

tered abundantly and unstintingly to the spiritual and corporal needs of
all; and
  WHEREAS,  With  him  throughout  have been his wife, Karine, and their
children, Evelina and Armen, all of whom feel privileged to be a part of
his life and rejoice in his achievements; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense of this Legislative Body that when  a  person
of  such  noble aims and accomplishments is brought to our attention, it
is appropriate to publicly and  jubilantly  proclaim  and  commend  that
individual for the edification of others; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
commemorate the pastoral installation of  The  Reverend  Father  Abraham
Malkhasyan of the Armenian Church of the Holy Martyrs; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to The Reverend Father Abraham Malkhasyan.


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