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The Eastern Prelacy’s annual St. Gregory of Datev Institute Summer Program commenced its 38th program for youth ages 13-18 on Sunday, June 30, at the St. Mary of Providence Center in Elverson, Pennsylvania, with the participation of 43 students and 14 clergymen and lay leaders.

His Eminence Archbishop Anoushavan, still recovering from surgery, joined the Datevatsees via Zoom, conveyed his blessings to the participants, and prayed that the weeklong learning, fellowship, and prayer would be a life-changing and faith-building experience for all.
The Prelate also thanked the Institute instructors and staff for their invaluable services and ministry to our youth, wishing them God’s blessings for a successful week.
The program began on Monday with a morning service and a message from the dean of the Institute, Very Rev. Fr. Boghos Tinkjian. He briefly reflected on the life and ministry of St. Gregory of Datev, encouraging participants to follow his example by learning about their faith, standing up for the truth, praying and trusting God, and being kind and loving towards all people.
The first day was packed with a diverse range of activities. The students engaged in three interactive classes in the morning, followed by an afternoon of sports and recreational activities and games. The evening was equally engaging, with a panel discussion on faith and church-related topics led by our instructors, and Bible study sessions tailored for three distinct age groups. The day concluded with a brief prayer service.
The second day continued to focus on its three objectives: Christian education and formation; prayer and worship, and fellowship and recreational activities. In the afternoon, the students took a trip to Marsh Creek State Park, where they enjoyed kayaking and swimming, graciously sponsored by Rev. Fr. Vahan and Yn. Maggie Kouyoumdjian.

On Sunday, July 7, the program will conclude with the celebration of the Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak) at St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.