THE RECTORS OF ST. ANN'S CATHEDRAL
In 1971, the Rev. Fr. Krikor Gergerian took over the Armenian Catholic parish of New York, publishing a periodical by the name of "Mer Oughin" (Our Path) creating a parish council, a Ladies' guild, and a choir. Furthermore, he made sure that Sunday Masses would be celebrated on a regular basis in local Roman Catholic churches.
In 1988, Fr. Gergerian concluded his earthly life, and Msgr. Hovannes Tertzakian of the Mekhitarist Monastic Congregation arrived in New York City as the new Rector of the Cathedral, having the newly ordained Fr. Armen Garabedian as his assistant.
From 2001-2002, Rev. Fr. Nareg Dadourian of the Mekhitarist Congregation held the duty of the Rector of the Cathedral. In 2002, Fr. Dadourian was called back to his monastery in Vienna for another duty within his Congregation.
He was replaced by Rev. Fr. Antoine Noradounghian (2002-2003), a priest of the Patriarchal Order of Bzommar, who later was transferred as assistant to the pastor of St. Gregory Armenian Catholic Church in Glendale, CA, a year later.
As of September 27, 2003, Rev. Fr. Thomas Vartan Garabedian, a diocesan priest of the Exarchate, was named the Rector of St. Ann's Cathedral. He was transferred to Detroit on September 2005, to replace Rev. Antoine Saroyan, named pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator in Glendale, California.
Currently, 200 Armenian Catholic families are members of St. Ann's, although it is estimated that there might be close to 1,000 Armenian Catholic families in the New York area. The goal of the successive Pastors has been to reach out to these families and try to serve their spiritual needs.
After moving to Brooklyn in 2004, the parish has become more lively and many events and activities have been introduced. Those include Mothers' Day, Summer Camp, cultural and spiritual lectures, Trips, and many other activities. Mostly two organizations are currently very active in parish life: the Parish Council and the Ladies' Guild.
FROM MANHATTAN TO BROOKLYN
In 2002, Edward Cardinal Egan, Archbishop of New York, asked the Armenian Catholic community to surrender St. Ann's Cathedral. After several attempts to save St. Ann's parish by both Bishop Batakian and the faithful, our community had no choice but to comply. Upon the generosity of the Diocese of Brooklyn, and in the persons of former Bishop Thomas Daily and current Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, as well as the help of Director of Catholic Near East Welfare Association Msgr. Robert Stern , the Church of St. Vincent de Paul in Williamsburg (Brooklyn, NY) was given us for the use of both Exarchate and Parish.. The church took on the name of St. Ann's Armenian Catholic Cathedral.
THE ARMENIAN CATHOLIC PARISHES
The Exarchate counts presently nine parishes:
ARMENIAN CATHOLICS IN OTHER STATES
Armenian Catholic communities exist in other important cities of North America, like San Francisco, San Diego, Chicago, Washington, Atlanta, Miami, Indianapolis, etc, but have not currently organized structures nor their own pastors. The spiritual service of those faithful is provided by the priests ministering in the nearest parishes cited above.
THE PARISH COUNCILS
Each of the parishes has its own Parish Council and various Committees embracing the different fields of community life, like Financial, Educational, Benevolent Committees, Ladies' Guild, Youth Councils, Choirs, Sunday Schools, etc. as the more important auxiliary organizations of the Parishes.
THE ARMENIAN CATHOLIC SCHOOLS IN NORTH AMERICA
Five schools are fulfilling their educational mission in the jurisdictional territories of the Apostolic Exarchate:
The total number of students being educated in these schools was 1135 the past year. The academic schedule follows the official program of the American schools and delivers the relative diplomas.
The Apostolic Exarchate has its annual trilingual official publication, "The Eternal Flame".
Almost all the Parishes have their parochial bulletins:
A trilingual richly illustrated color Calendar is published annually by the Eparchy and sent to all Armenian Catholic families in United States and Canada.
Most of the parishes have their own Website.
The three Sisters' Academies relate their educational activities through their monthly or annual reporters.