"Vaskenian Theological Academy"


"Vaskenian Theological Academy", Lake Sevan Region

"Vaskenian Theological Academy is a theological academy of the Armenian Apostolic Church on the Sevan peninsula on the shores of Lake Sevan in Armenia. It operates under direct supervision of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin." "IntroVaskenian Theological Academy is a theological academy of the Armenian Apostolic Church on the Sevan peninsula on the shores of Lake Sevan in Armenia. It operates under direct supervision of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. HistoryThe Vaskenian Theological Academy of Sevan was re-established in 1990 on the picturesque peninsula of Lake Sevan. The Academy was opened during the Pontificate and with the blessings of Catholicos Vasken I and by the direct initiative of Karekin II Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians who was then the Vicar of the Araratian Pontifical Diocese. As the re-opening of the Academy was encouraged and approved by Vasken I it was decided in 1994 by Supreme Patriarch Karekin I that the Academy should be renamed the Vaskenian Theological Academy in honor of Vasken I.During the first stages of its existence the Academy was housed in the ancillary building that was cons it was never used for that purpose. In the early 1990s it served both as classrooms and a dormitory building for the students of the Seminary and a portion of the building was made into a dining room. As the seminary grew the Seminary property was extended and a stone building was added to be used as classroom. The original building was converted to a complete dormitory. In addition to the two buildings the complex encompasses two Churches that are on the Sevan peninsula adjacent to the seminary the St. Karapet and St. Arakelots Churches which serve as the heart of the Sevan Seminary. During the course of its history the Vaskenian Seminary which was always headed and supervised by the Catholicos had several Deans. Khoren Martirossian (1990-1991) Sasoun Vardanian (1992-1995) Archimandrite Arakel Karamian (later Archbishop) (1995-1996) Minas Martirossian (1996-2000) Bagrat Galstanian (later Archbishop) (2000-2003) Garegin Haroutjunnian (2003-2004) and Mkrtich Proshian (from 2004).Since its foundation the program and schedule of the Seminary underwent various changes. The Seminary has also hosted several symposiums. Hundreds of pilgrims visit every year.



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