2023 graduates of the Institute with His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, Prelate, and V. Rev. Fr. Sahag Yemishian, Dean (left to right: Antranig Tatarian, Daniel Karamanougian, Hagop Ketchedjian, Alex Varjabedian)
The Eastern Prelacy’s St. Gregory of Datev Institute graduated four students this year: Daniel Karamanougian and Alex Varjabedian from Sts. Vartanantz Church (Ridgefield, New Jersey), Hagop Ketchedjian from St. Stephen’s Church (Watertown, Massachusetts), and Antranig Tatarian from Soorp Khatch Church (Bethesda, Maryland). The Program was held at St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, from July 2-9, 2023.
The curriculum of the Datev Summer Program is designed to be completed in four years, one week each summer. Those who complete the program have the opportunity to return for post-graduate classes. The Institute holds all five levels of classes concurrently. This year, the Institute registered 12 students in level one, 12 in level two, six in level three, four in level 4, and four in level 5.
Each year, the students receive about 20 hours of instruction. The four-year curriculum includes introduction to the Old and New Testaments, the seven sacraments of the Armenian Church with emphasis on the Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak), Armenian Church feasts and saints, Armenian Church history and creeds, prayer and worship, discussions on moral and ethical issues, and Bible studies.
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