Armenian Assembly Board Member Annie Totah Receives Catholicos Karekin II Encyclical

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On August 14, Armenian Assembly of America
(Assembly) Board Member Annie Simonian Totah received a Pontifical Encyclical
and was honored by His Holiness Catholicos Karekin II for her extensive
involvement and tireless efforts helping the Republic of Armenia and the
Armenian-American community. For the occasion, the Encyclical was presented by
His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian at St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church
in Washington, D.C.

“Annie
Simonian Totah truly stands out as a woman of remarkable achievements and a
lifetime of unselfish devotion to our people throughout the world,” Archbishop
Barsamian said. “She has been a powerful force for good in our homeland, and
every major Armenian institution in America – including the Armenian Assembly,
the AGBU, and of course the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America –
has benefited from her energy, dedication, and leadership. Her generous heart,
gracious demeanor, and humility before God are virtues that have made Annie
beloved by all,” he continued.

Representing
the Republic of Armenia, Ambassador Grigor Hovhannissian attended the event and
praised Mrs. Totah’s high quality of work and selflessness which has benefited
Armenia and Artsakh.

“Annie Totah
is the example of activism, voluntary service, and leadership, as well as a
role model for the global Armenian community,” Ambassador Hovhannissian said.
“She has personally been involved in the most important milestone achievements
in U.S.-Armenia relations since the early days of independence, and is very
deserving of this honor,” he added.

Reverend
Father Hovsep Karapetyan thanked Mrs. Totah for her advocacy on behalf of Armenia
and presented a framed painting of the Armenian alphabet as a special gift.

“We
congratulate Annie Totah on the occasion of receiving the Pontifical
Encyclical,” Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan stated. “She has done a lot for our
homeland, and undoubtedly, in the national and local level. Her contributions
have made a great difference by supporting many noble causes and endeavors. Her
generous heart, gracious spirit, and humble soul are merits with which Annie is
blessed and has become beloved by those who know her.”

“Annie Totah
has worked tirelessly throughout her many years of service on the Assembly’s
Board with her advocacy work in Washington, D.C.,” Assembly Board of Trustees
Co-Chairs Anthony Barsamian and Van Krikorian said. “If we did not have Annie
in the nation’s capital, much of our advocacy agenda would have gone
unfulfilled. Annie works consistently for Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh which
benefit directly from her dedication and commitment to the homeland,” they
stated.

Established
in 1972, the Armenian Assembly of America is the largest Washington-based
nationwide organization promoting public understanding and awareness of
Armenian issues. The Assembly is a 501©(3) tax-exempt membership
organization.

Photo Caption:
St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church Reverend Father Hovsep Karapetyan and His
Eminence Archbishop Khajag Barsamian presenting Armenian Assembly of America
Board Member Annie Simonian Totah with the Pontifical Encyclical from His
Holiness Catholicos Karekin II in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Neshan Naltchayan/Armenian
Assembly of America)

A Town Hall Meeting with US Ambassador to Armenia Ambassador Richard Mills in New York City

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Tonight, the Eastern Diocese will host a town hall meeting with the current United States Ambassador to the Republic of Armenia Ambassador Richard Mills, Jr. The event will begin at 7:00 PM in the Haik and Alice Kavookjian Auditorium. 

The town hall is free and open to the public.

Ambassador Mills will be visiting the area as part of a general effort to get to connect with the Armenian American community. Parishioners in the New York metropolitan area are encouraged to attend. 

The Diocese is hosting the gathering, with the participation of a number of Armenian organizations including:

  • Armenian General Benevolent Union
  • Armenia Fund USA
  • Knights of Vartan
  • Children of Armenia Fund
  • Armenian Students Association
  • Tekeyan Cultural Association
  • Armenian American Health Professional Organization
  • Armenian Engineers & Scientists of America
  • Constantinople Armenian Relief Society
  • Armenian Assembly of America
  • Armenian National Committee of America
  • Hamazkayin Armenian Educational & Cultural Society