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2024 ACYOA General Assembly & Sports Weekend Celebrated in Chicago

Over Memorial Day Weekend, close to 300 ACYOA Seniors and Armenian young adults from across the Eastern Diocese gathered for the 2024 ACYOA General Assembly & Sports Weekend hosted by the St. Gregory the Illuminator ACYOA Seniors of Chicago, IL.

The weekend kicked off on Friday, May 24 with the 2024 ACYOA General Assembly as 60 ACYOA chapter delegates, observers and clergy representing 18 parishes came together to conduct the business of the ACYOA, reflect on the past year of ministries, conduct elections, and engage in meaningful discussions. Additionally, a presentation was made to discuss the importance of recruitment and the many opportunities for young adults to explore educational opportunities at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.

Newly elected to the 2024-2025 ACYOA Central Council are Dn. Garen Megrdichian (Secretary), Mara Najarian (Communications), Alisha Panthier (Ministries and Outreach), Sarah Tavitian (Ministries and Outreach), and Anastasia Bohajian (Alternate). Remaining on the Central Council are Ani Misirliyan (Chair), Jackie Russell (Vice Chair), and Andrew Yenicag (Treasurer). The ACYOA Central Council sends its heartfelt gratitude to outgoing members Mardig Klachian, Madeline Ovassapian, Yn. Lucine Sabounjian, and Michael Sarafian for their dedicated and passionate service to the ACYOA and Armenian Church.

Presiding over the General Assembly and witnessing the whole weekend of spirited fellowship was the Primate of the Eastern Diocese, Bishop Mesrop Parsamyan. Additional clergy to attend the General Assembly & Sports Weekend were: Rev. Fr. Tavit Boyajian (Sts. Joachim and Anne, Palos Heights, IL), Rev. Fr. Mardiros Chevian (St. Nersess Armenian Seminary), Rev. Fr. Andreas Garabedian (St. Gregory, Chicago, IL), Rev. Fr. Avedis Kalayjian (St. Mesrob, Racine, WI), Rev. Fr. Hovhan Khoja-Eynatyan (St. James, Evanston, IL), Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian (Retired Clergy), Rev. Fr. Krikor Sabounjian (Holy Translators, Framingham, MA), and Rev. Fr. Hratch Sargsyan (St. Gregory of Narek, Richmond Heights, OH). The ACYOA thanks all of our clergy leaders for their continual support of the organization and its youth as well as Diocesan Council members Lisa Essayian and Mona Karoghlanian for attending to support the young adult leaders of our Diocese.

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