World Youth Gathering 2023

5 unforgettable days in Motherland ARMENIA
with fellow believers, united by the love of Christ.

From the July 5-10, 2023 the Pan-Armenian Youth Pilgrimage to Armenia will take place. The pilgrimage is organized by Armenian Church Youth Organization – ACYO (Youth Organization of the Armenian Church - JOAK) in cooperation with the worldwide youth organizations of the dioceses of the Armenian Churches and with the blessing of His Holiness Garegin II, Catholicos of All Armenians.

Young people between the ages of 18 and 30 have a wonderful opportunity to meet like-minded people from all over the world. You will make a pilgrimage through Armenia, visiting the local shrines and the mother church of Surb Etchmiadzin. Together with young people from all over the world, with priests, bishops and the Catholicos of All Armenians, they meet in Surb Etchmiadzin to testify to their faith in Jesus Christ.

In addition to pilgrims and encounters, there are also two educational days. In workshops, seminars and lecture evenings, young people have the opportunity to acquire new knowledge. They can then use their experience and newly acquired skills in their home diocese and town to inspire other young people for the youth work of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

participation fee

The participation fee without flight costs is 600 euros and includes all costs in Armenia (transfer to the hotel, accommodation, meals, workshops, excursions, transfer to the airport).

With appropriate APPLICATION the diocese can provide a subsidy of up to EUR 350.

Registration

If you are interested, please register by May 31, 2022. Use this for that REGISTRATION FORM and send it to the office of the diocese by post (DAKD. Allensteiner Str. 5, 50735 Cologne) or by email:info@dakd.de to.

You can also get information on World Youth Day, registration and funding from the youth officer of the diocese, Rev. Dr. Diradur Sardaryan.

Youth Organization of the Armenian Church – JOAK

The founding of the World Youth Federation of the Armenian Church dates back to the establishment of the youth office in 2001 on the occasion of the 1700th anniversary of the proclamation of Christianity as the state religion in Armenia. The youth office was then established with the blessing of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians. Archbishop Hovnan Terterian was then appointed head of the youth office.

With the blessing of His Holiness, the Youth Office of the Armenian Apostolic Church was established in 2007 at 19a Koryun Street, Yerevan. The organization was originally named “World Youth Organization of the Armenian Church” and later renamed “Youth Organization of the Armenian Church – JOAK”.