On Sunday, October 23, 2022, over 40 family and friends gathered at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar in Marlton, NJ to kick off our first “Meet & Greet” with Der Torkom. Thank you to all those who attended the reception. It was wonderful to see our parishioners, reconnect with those we may not have seen in a while, and to enjoy each other’s company over delicious hors d’oeuvres and beverages.
The purpose of this gathering was to give our South Jersey parishioners an opportunity to informally meet and get to know Der Torkom, Yeretsgin, and their children. Der Torkom has expressed a strong interest in becoming acquainted with the St. Gregory’s community. The Board of Trustees felt it was important to help facilitate this by holding casual Meet & Greets in various geographic areas where our parishioners reside. With the help of our congregation, our plan is to continue these Meet & Greets in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties.
At Sunday’s event, Mike Injaian, Chairman of St. Gregory’s Board of Trustees, welcomed the group. He then introduced Der Torkom, who gave his remarks. He briefly provided his background and stated how excited he is to be a part of our parish. Der Torkom said that, while technology and Zoom are an important part of today’s world, it does not take the place of in-person events and gatherings like this one, which are essential. He encouraged everyone to attend Church as well as programs sponsored by the Church. In addition, Der Torkom offered his availability to us should we ever need his support or guidance.
If you are interested in hosting a Meet & Greet in your area, please contact Veronica Babayan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Lydia Arakelian (Lydiaba3@comcast.net) for details.