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Armenia Tree Project
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 at his request.
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.
Two separate advisory boards, one here ...
Two separate advisory boards, one here and the other in Armenia, have the endorsement of such individuals as Rev. Dajad Davidian, the former pastor at St. James Church in Watertown (now living in Armenia), and Massachusetts State Rep.
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Father Dajad DavidianPastor of the Armenian Church Youth Movement, Diocese of Ararat
ANN/Groong -- Armenian Church welcomes aid of international housing group
During the June 20 to 26 trip, Bishop Aykazian was joined by other priests, including retired Watertown, MA, pastor Fr. Dajad Davidian, in conducting a home blessing ceremony for the 50th home built by Habitat for Humanity in Armenia since March 2000.
Armenian General Benevolent Union - Publications
Reverend Dajad A. Davidian, born in Worcester, recalls growing up in the tightly knit community, "Whoever wasn't Armenian was considered American.
Worcester was highly ethnicized like Watertown or for that matter all of Massachusetts."
But Rev. Davidian, pastor of St. James Armenian Church in Watertown since 1969 and now retired, also remembers some of the difficulties he faced, "Growing up there was a time when I was not very proud of being Armenian.
Now a long-time resident of the town, Fr. Davidian
describes some of the town's Armenian character, "Drive around east Watertown and you'll discover there are many two-family houses where Armenians lived--upstairs and downstairs.