Parish in Crisis Appeals to Diocesan Leaders; Search for New Priest Reluctantly Begins

Author: Carissa Vanitzian
Date Published: 11/30/2002

CHELTENHAM, PA – A highly charged special parish assembly meeting at Holy Trinity Armenian Church here ended November 24 with parishioners voting overwhelmingly to request for the third time that leaders of the church’s Eastern Diocese accept the Very Rev. Fr. Sasoon Zumrookhdian into the diocese and assign him to Holy Trinity… Fr. Sasoon is preparing to transfer in December to a parish in Argentina, where he has been ordered to serve for an undetermined length of time. In the meantime, Abp. Khajag Barsamian has forbidden him from performing any of the church sacraments until he leaves Holy Trinity….No specific reasons have ever been announced in public.