By the encyclical of His Holiness Karekin II Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians on Sunday, 22 December on the Feast of St Stephen, His Grace Bishop Haigazoun Najarian, Primate of the Diocese of Australia bestowed the St Nerses Shnorhali Medal upon Deacons Hovhanes Kharadjian and Kevork Janoyan marking 50 years of dedicated service to the Church of Holy Resurrection in Sydney. The deacons received the medals during the Sunday service with onlooking family, friends and parishioners.
Bishop Najarian expressed his personal congratulations emphasising the important role of the deacon in supporting and embellishing the role of the priests. He tributed their wives and families for their understanding and encouragement of the valuable service they have provided for so many years.
A reception to honour the deacons followed in the Diocesan Centre.