PanARMENIAN.Net – Earlier this week, Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian visited the Las Vegas parish community to finalize details of the construction of St. Garabed Church that is set to begin soon, Asbarez reports.
On Thursday, July 18, the Prelate, accompanied by Executive Council member and Prelacy Building Committee Chair Vahan Bezdikian, met with Parish Pastor Archpriest. Fr. Avedis Torossian, Parish Council Chair Adroushan Armenian and members, and members of the parish Building Committee Levon Gulbenkian and Koko Darakjian.
As reported by the Church Building Committee, to date all permits for the construction of the Church have been granted and construction has been set to begin in August. The completion of the project is expected to be in May of 2013.
The Prelate shared this news with the Church benefactor Larry Barnes, who was equally pleased with the progress of the project.
Arch. Mardirossian highly commended the Pastor, Parish Council, and Building Committee members who are diligently overseeing each phase of this project, and wished that the progress continues smoothly until its final completion in the coming year.
The construction of St. Garabed Church and Cultural Center has two phases. The Church and adjacent hall will form a complex which will be the spiritual and cultural center of the community. The construction of the hall was completed over a year ago, and it is where Divine Liturgy is celebrated for the time being. During his Pontifical Visit in October of last year, His Holiness Catholicos Aram I blessed the foundation of the Church and consecrated the dome cross.