The Armenian Assembly of America shared the following statement in loving memory of Reverend Father Vertanes Kalayjian:
Father Vertanes Kalayjian was a dedicated and passionate leader. His
joyful manner was contagious and his contributions were never ending. Reverend
Father Kalayjian represented the best of the Armenian nation here in
Washington, D.C. He served the community and the church with honor and
Armenian Assembly of America was fortunate to count him among our trusted
advisors during his time as pastor of St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church, and
after in his retirement.
was Reverend Father Kalayjian’s leadership that harnessed much-needed
grassroots community involvement and action that was integral to the Assembly’s
work, especially during the Assembly’s early years. His advice and
counsel over the decades were invaluable and his contributions immeasurable.
worked together, collaborated with each other, and even testified side by side
on Capitol Hill before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
(CSCE) and its hearing on “The Situation of Christian Armenians in
Turkey.” Reverend Father Kalayjian stood up for the Armenian population
in Turkey, the unrecognized status of the Armenian Patriarchate there, and
squarely confronted Turkey’s campaign of genocide denial.
Father Kalayjian served as a catalyst and inspiration to us all. He was
there for us when we needed him most. We will be forever indebted to him,
and may he rest in peace always.
Photo Caption 1 (L-R): Reverend Father Vertanes Kalayjian and Armenian Assembly of America Board of Trustees Co-Chair Van Krikorian speaking at the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (CSCE) hearing on “The Situation of Christian Armenians in Turkey” on April 12, 2005.
Photo Caption 2 (L-R): Rev. Fr. Vertanes Kalayjian, Armenian Assembly of America Board Members Annie Totah
and Aram Gavoor, and Assembly Executive Director Bryan Ardouny at the
Assembly’s 2013 D.C. Holiday Reception & Briefing at the Armenian Embassy.