His Grace Bishop Moushegh Babayan, the Grand Sacristan of the Mother See, with the blessing of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, in the Kotayk Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church, ahead of the feast of St. Stepanos Protomartyr initiated a two-day training entitled "The Deacon's Mission in the 21st Century". The participants were the deacons serving in various structures of the Mother See. The training took place within the framework of the program dedicated to social-psychological support, funded by the WCC Armenia Round Table Foundation.
The Armenia Round Table Foundation regularly implements programs with the clergy serving in the dioceses of the Armenian Apostolic Church, aimed at ensuring community development and the welfare of the Armenian people. Due to the hard situation in Armenia as a result of the war and epidemic, the implementation of programs dedicated to social and psychological support is becoming more important.
The two-day training was attended by the Primate of the Kotayk Diocese, His Grace Archbishop Arakel Karamyan, His Grace Bishop Moushegh Babayan, the Grand Sacristan of the Mother See, Spiritual Leader of the RA Armed Forces, Archimandrite Movses Sargsyan, Fr. Andreas Ezekyan, Fr. Harutyun Tamadyan, Executive Director of the WCC ART Karen Nazaryan, ART Program Manager Harutyun Karapetyan, ART Program Manager Assistant Laura Aghajanyan, deacons serving in the Dioceses of the Armenian Apostolic Holy Church and also in the RA Armed Forces.
Psychologist Davit Gorgyan was also invited, who touched upon the topic of "Deacon as a Psychological Counselor", and Harutyun Karapetyan, WCC ART Program Manager, presented the topic "Deacon as a developing and united Community".
The reports dedicated to "Deaconry as the beginning of Church life", "The deacon as a clergyman", "The deacon as the youth preacher" topics were presented by the deacons Gevorg Karapetyna, Hayk Sargsyan, Grisha Harutyunyan.
Each report was summarized through a question-and-answer session with an active discussion, during which the deacons raised their concerns about problems in the field service and received appropriate advice not only from the speakers but also from the priests.