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At the request of the Worcester Armenian community, V. Rev. Fr. Hovsep Sarajian sent to the U.S. by the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople, and the first Divine Liturgy in the United States is celebrated on August 4th in Worcester,
MA
1889
The first Armenian Church in the United States, the Holy Savior Church, is consecrated in Worcester, MA
1891
The first Armenian Church in Fresno is organized
1894
Catholicos Mkrtich I Khrimian (Khrimian Hayrig) establishes Diocese of the Armenian Church with headquarters in Worcester, MA (July 2); First primate of the Diocese of America Bp. Hovsep Sarajian
1898
First Armenian Priest ordained in America, Fr. Ghevont Martugesian
1899
First Armenian Church in California consecrated – Holy Trinity Church in Fresno
1900
Abp. Tirayr Hovhannesian elected primate, establishes churches in Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Racine, Milkwaukee, New Britain, Philadelphia, Troy and St.
Catherines
1920
Diocesan headquarters moved from Worcester to Boston
1923
The Western Diocese is established with Bp. Karekin Khachadourian as Primate
1927
Eastern Diocese headquarters are moved to New York
1927
Primate Archbishop Ghevont Tourian is assassinated at Holy Cross Armenian Church in Manhattan
1933
Abp. Karekin Hovsepiants, Primate of Diocese (1940-1944), later Catholicos of Great House of Cilicia (1943-1952)
1940
Abp. Tiran Nersoyan elected Primate (1944-1953)
1944
The Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) is founded by
the Primate, His Eminence Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan
1946
The Catholicate of the Great House of Cilicia takes under her jurisdiction the dissident churches in the United States, organizing them as a prelacy
1957
St. Nersess Seminary is founded by Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan in Evanston, IL.
1961
Archbishop Torkom Manoogian elected Primate, then elected Patriarch of Jerusalem in 1990
1966
St. Vartan Cathedral is consecrated by Vasken I, Catholicos of All Armenians
1968
The Canadian Diocese is established; its first Primate is His Grace Bishop Vazken
Keshishian
1983
Abp. Khajag Barsamian elected primate of Eastern Diocese
1990
Abp. Hovnan Derderian elected primate of Canada
1990
Abp. Hovnan Derderian elected primate of Western Diocese
2000
Bp. Bagrat Galstanian elected primate of Canada
2003