Pastoral Visit to New Zealand

His Eminence Archbishop Aghan Baliozian, Primate of the Diocese of Australia made his annual pastoral visit to the mission parishes of Auckland and Wellington on Thursday 2 June. He was accompanied on the trip by Very Reverend Father Giragos Davtyan, parish priest of St Mary’s Armenian Church in Melbourne and Ms Marina Avagyan, Co-ordinator of ‘Voice of the Armenian Church’ radio program.

During the five day visit, Divine Liturgy was held at the missions as well as warm community gatherings and home hospitality. Despite the chilly and windy elements, the community of Auckland braved the weather for the blessing of graves.

The small but vibrant communities were richly rewarded by the pastoral visit which is highly anticipated each year.

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Read the Armenian Press Release

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