Armenian Bishop to Visit Community in Columbus, Ohio

March 1, 2002

Source: The Columbus Dispatch

On March 1, 2002, The Columbus Dispatch reported that the local Armenian population "awaits the first Columbus visit of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. Church emergencies in Armenia have forced Barsamian to cancel planned appearances here twice before... He is expected to perform the Divine Liturgy... [at] St. James Episcopal Church... where the parish holds monthly worship... Many in the 300-family local congregation, which draws members from Dayton and Cincinnati, grew up under Communism in the former Soviet Union and had little knowledge of theology and church traditions before coming to this country... In weeks when no Armenian services are held, members attend churches of other denominations."