Thank you to all that participated in the choir workshop in November 2015! It was another successful session.

Khoren Mekanejian was born in Aleppo, Syria. He studied at the Gevorkian Seminary at Holy Etchmiadzin, where he pursued studies in the theology of the Armenian Church, as well as in philosophy, humanities, and psychology. He also received two master's degrees—in musical conducting and choral singing as well as in symphonic studies—from the Gomidas Conservatory in Yerevan.
Maestro Khoren composed the choral and organ accompaniments to the Khorenian liturgical setting of the Divine Liturgy, which was officially approved by His Holiness Vasken I, Catholicos of All Armenians, and is now in use in churches throughout the world.

Your New Parish Council

CHAIRPERSON Richard H. Roomian
VICE CHAIRPERSON: Carol Mikaelian-Columbus
TREASURER: Kenneth Khanzadian
ASST. TREASURER: Ara Tadevossian
SECRETARY: Stephen Schmitt
Dr. Paul Kardjian
Cathy Chengerian-Brummer
Bob Chengerian
Miguel Villalba

Justine Mullen-Khanzadian, Westhill grad, among students fleeing Egypt
Published: Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 11:26 AM Updated: Tuesday, February 01, 2011, 2:06 PM


Richard Chidsey and Justine Mullen-Khanzadian in front of an Egyptian pyramid in 2010. Mullen-Khanzadian fled the Egypt unrest Monday where she was studying at American University in Cairo. Her mother said today that she has arrived in Glasgow and will stay with Chidsey until she can resume her studies.

Update: Justine Mullen-Khanzadian, the Westhill graduate who fled Egypt, has arrived safely in Glasgow, Scotland, her mother said at around 12:45 p.m.

"I just heard from Justine and she has arrived in Glasgow safely. Her thoughts are with the other people and their families who are trying to leave the country and are still stranded at the airport or somewhere else and not able to get home. We wish them all safe passage home or to a safe haven as soon as possible," wrote her mother Karen Khanzadian.

Westvale, NY -- Justine Mullen-Khanzadian, a Westhill graduate studying at American University in Cairo, has fled Egypt and is on her way to Scotland, her mother said this morning.

“Thank God she’s OK. I can’t even explain what the past few days have been like,” said her mother Karen Khanzadian.

Her daughter’s flight from Egypt landed in Germany Monday, Khanzadian said. She’s waiting to hear if her daughter was on her next flight to Edinburgh, Scotland. From there, her boyfriend, Richard Chidsey, will meet the flight and take Mullen-Khanzadian to his home in Glasgow.

Karen Khanzadian, of Westvale, has spent a harried week as the Egyptian protests grew more violent.

Mullen-Khanzadian, 23, is a graduate of Le Moyne College with a degree in international relations. While there she spent a semester studying in Egypt.

Mullen-Khanzadian returned to Egypt to study international relations, diplomacy and Arabic. She is in her last semester at the American University in Cairo as part of a master’s degree program, her mother said.

Her daughter has been through protests and uprisings before, Khanzadian said. “This one is different. It felt different,” she said.

Mother and daughter sensed danger and the two started talking last Tuesday about leaving the country, she said. But, her daughter and her classmates are dedicated to their studies, and leaving was not the first thing that came to their minds, Khanzadian said.

“When the Internet went down, I knew,” Khanzadian said. “As things progressed I became very insistent.”

“She began waking up everyday to the sound of sniper fire, and the smell and taste of tear gas. That’s when I really got fearful,” Khanzadian said.

At one point, Mullen-Khanzadian told family members she had armed and barricaded herself in her apartment in Maadi, a suburb of Cairo, before finding other Americans in the building.

The two kept in contact by phone as they worked with Chidsey to get Mullen-Khanzadian out of the country.

Khanzadian credited Chidsey’s level-headed planning and savvy in waiting for the right moment to grab a ticket for her daughter to leave the country.

Chidsey is a Liverpool High School graduate and is also a Le Moyne grad, who is studying in Glasgow. Mullen-Khanzadian will wait there with him until American University gives her instructions about where to go to resume her studies, Khanzadian said.

“I’m extremely proud of her and the way she handled an extremely difficult situation,” Khanzadian said.

“She’s amazing. I’m very proud of her, and very, very relieved. I’m still praying for all those that are still over there; that they get to a safe haven.”

Fall exterior improvements 1/21/11

As part of the overall improvements under our multi year project, we had the large trees onthe property removed. One large Locust on Park Street was doing actual damage to the building structure and had to be removed. Multiple trees in our green space had become overgrown and were of no real aesthetic value.

Church Renovation Update 12/20/2010

If you have come to participate in Badarak you may have noticed over the past few months scaffolding in the sanctuary. This was to allow access to the dormer area for inspection. As part of the total roof replacement project we have been taking a step by step approach to make proper improvement and repairs to our 100+ year old building. This includes repairs to our dormers (upper window area) (this will cost $10K - $20K) before we can actually replace the roof (cost = $30K.) We hope to accomplish this during the winter months in preparation of replacing the roof in the spring. As you have most likely noticed we have replaced the pews for worship these next few months but will need to take them out again for work.

As part of the funding we have been running an ongoing campaign to raise funds for the physical repairs of our church to include: roof replacement, dormer repair, rain gutter replacement, painting, tree removal and then we will move our attention to the renovation of the interior areas including the basement or church hall. Sources of funding include general donations, the big car raffle and matching grant monies secured by establishing St. Paul Armenian Church as a National Historic Landmark.

We thank all of our parishioners and other financial supporters in assisting us to keep our physical building a viable center of Armenian religion, culture and fellowship. Without your continued support we would not be able to do this.


Robert Koolakian's STRUGGLE FOR JUSTICE; A STORY OF THE AMERICAN COMMITTEE FOR THE INDEPENDENCE OF ARMENIA, 1915-1920 was published in the fall of 2008.  The book is based on the Koolakian family's collection of historical documents providing a rare view "behind the scenes" of the post-World War I Armenian independence movement in the U.S. Much of the story is based in upstate New York. "A must read for American-Armenians." Now available from Wayne State University Press - phone 313-577-6126 to order. More information on web site:

ABC To Broadcast Documentary About Armenian Church This Month


An hour-long documentary titled “Everyone Prays at Holy Etchmiadzin” is slated to air on the national ABC television network in the month of December. The Eastern Diocese co-produced this beautiful film which conveys the inspiring majesty of our Mother See.

We are urging our parishioners to contact your local ABC affiliate to ensure that the program is broadcast in your area.

Some cities with significant Armenian populations – including Albany, NY; Detroit, Mich.; Providence, RI; Watertown, Mass.; and Washington, DC – have yet to schedule a time for the documentary. Other cities have set aside a time slot in the early morning hours that would not promote maximum exposure. Click here to see when your ABC affiliate will broadcast the documentary.

SYRACUSE: WSYR - 12/28/2008 @ 1:00 PM

BINGHAMTON: WIVT - 12/27/2008 @ 1:30 PM

WATERTOWN: WWTI - 12/28/2008 @ 1:00 PM

ELMIRA: EHAM - 12/25/2008 @ 6:00 AM

ROCHESTER: CW - CABLE CHANNEL 16 - 12/25/2008 @ 6:00 AM

ABC affiliates need to hear from local viewers to arrange better coverage. We encourage all parishioners to call local ABC affiliates with this suggested message:

"I learned through my church that ABC is making the documentary 'Everyone Prays at Holy Etchmiadzin' available to local affiliates, and I would like to encourage you to broadcast it at a more visible time slot."

After viewing the film, please call your local affiliate to say thanks and to encourage similar programming in the future.

About “Everyone Prays at Holy Etchmiadzin” 
“Everyone Prays at Holy Etchmiadzin” was produced by Diva Communications under the leadership of the Eastern Diocese and the National Council of Churches. The film details the history and spiritual heritage of the Armenian Church, with a particular focus on the efforts of the modern Armenian Church to foster Christian unity and interfaith dialogue.

Syracuse Newspapers Article on Armenian Genocide, Bob Koolakian book lecture

St. Nersess Mission Program Revived with Palm Sunday Mission to Syracuse.

(click link above to go to St. Nersess Website and view article)

St Nersess Seminary
Press Release
April 15, 2008


Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian flanked by altar servers from St. Paul Armenian Church and the St. Nersess Mission Team on Palm Sunday.

Over Palm Sunday weekend, the numbers of those touched by St. Nersess grew to include the St. Paul Armenian Church community of Syracuse, New York, with the rebirth of the St. Nersess missions program. Fr. Stepanos Doudoukjian, Director of Youth and Vocations for St. Nersess, led a group of young adults on a mission to the Armenian parish of St. Paul in an effort to reach out to one of the oldest parishes in the on link above to read the complete article


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