MEDIA INQUIRY sent to arch. hovnan derderian,western diocese Re: MASSIVE VIOLATIONS OF BY-LAWS AT THE 89TH ANNUAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH AMERICA IN LAS VEGAS 2016
Posted on January. 13. 2023
Monday January 2, 2023
Diocesan Council Chairman Mr. Derik Ghookasian
Executive Director Harout Markarian
Western Diocese of the Armenian Church
3325 N. Glenoaks Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91504
Re: Proceedings of the 89th Annual Assembly of the Armenian Church of North America
Dear Mrss. Ghookasian and Markarian,
How do you respond to the below report pertaining to the proceedings of the 89th Annual Assembly of the Armenian Church of North America?
Did Joseph Kanimian, Esq., Adrienne Krikorian, Esq., and Arch. Hovnan Derderian Conspire to Commit Massive Violations of Western Diocese By-Laws at the 2016 Diocesan Assembly in Las Vegas?
The newsletter generated by the Western Diocese dated May 13, 2016 makes the reader feel like the Assembly Meeting was “divinely inspired and grace-filled.” Readers would have no reason to believe otherwise. In truth, twice during the meeting, motions to bring a filed complaint against the Primate before the Assembly Delegates were denied by Assembly Chair Adrienne Krikorian, Esq.
The delegate who made the motions was cut off by Ms. Krikorian, asked to sit down, and – as he continued to make his voice heard – he was threatened by Ms. Krikorian, to be removed from the meeting.
The formal complaint was about the Primate Arch. Hovnan Derderian. Diocesan Council Chair Joseph Kanimian, Esq. and Diocesan Assembly Chair Adrienne Krikorian, Esq. would not allow the delegate to introduce pertinent information about WHAT TRANSPIRED AT 2016 DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY IN LAS VEGAS!
Immediately before the Vote of Confidence for the Primate, commercials from the Diocesan Council Chair Joseph Kanimian, Esq. and Diocesan Assembly Chair Adrienne Krikorian, Esq. Ladies Society, the Clergy, all offered support for a “Yes” vote. Thus, all the parishes outside of San Diego were not permitted to know about the complaint that was to be entered and discussed at the Assembly Meeting as prescribed in the by-laws. They voted uninformed of the sequence of events against the Primate that was compiled as public information that included correspondence relating to the San Diego Parish. “ON THE LAMPSTAND” is a concise explanation of what transpired against San Diego Parish. This publication would have attempted to illuminate Why, and the Actions and Inactions of His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian.
“As Armenians struggle against other efforts to misrepresent history and bury unfortunate realities, we must believe that the time is on the side of truth. We are steadfast. We are patient.
We will see.” stated a concerned delegate.
Primate’s statement to the Assembly Delegates: “The livelihood of the Church is conditioned by the collective noble deeds of the reverend clergy and laity.”
“In the traditional style of Primate Hovnan Derderian, Council Chair Joseph Kanimian, Esq. and Diocesan Assembly Chair Adrienne Krikorian, Esq. to date, none of the complaints have been addressed as of May, 2019. … ‘See no evil, Hear no evil, Speak no evil’” — Concerned delegate.
Awaiting your response.
USA Armenian Life Magazine