On February 6 at 5:30 p.m., at a Festive Evensong in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, The General Theological Seminary honored GTS alumnus, His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, and conferred an Honorary Doctor of Divinity degree upon him. A choir from St. Nersess Armenian Seminary joined a congregation of nearly 200 during worship, adding aspects of the Armenian tradition to the Festive Evensong. Upon entering the Chapel, His Beatitude was greeted by two dozen bishops, priests, and deacons of the Armenian Church. As they progressed to the front of the chapel they conducted the Armenian "Office of Adoration on Entering the Church."
After the conferral of the degree, His Beatitude presented the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President of GTS, with a beautifully crafted pectoral cross. The receiving of the honorary degree was celebrated at a reception following the service which marked the opening of the new exhibit at the General Seminary's Christoph Keller, Jr. Library, "Religious Iconography of the 19th and 20th Centuries."
PAREV-TV has posted of a video of the conferral:
On February 2, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle, Dean and President of General Seminary, was interviewed about the event on Armenian Interests & Armenian Radio of NJ: