Cambridge, MA- Family members and hundreds of friends of Fr. Dajad Davidian, pastor at Watertown's St. James Armenian Church, recently donated $10,000 to the Armenia Tree Project (ATP) in honor of his 30 year's service to the parish.
The donation to ATP
is a portion of the proceeds raised through a brochure marking his
retirement celebration last fall.The donation was made to ATP
ATP officials will use the gift to establish tree nurseries in Armenia, plant trees at community sites across the country, and assist local farmers in harvesting, drying, and marketing the fruit from their trees.
"Trees are symbolic," said Fr. Davidian
."They have been called the roots of Heaven."
"This is especially true in Armenia, where they are the most basic thing we have," continued Davidian
."These roots of Heaven create oxygen and keep the soil in place -- two things that Armenia really needs."Fr. Davidian
wife, Rosemarie, are long-time supporters of the Cambridge-based reforesting organization.