|In the evening, Archbishop Derderian took part in a reception hosted by Ambassador Grigor Hovhannissian and his spouse Victoria in honor of His Eminence. Held at the Armenian Embassy, the event was attended by prominent members of the Armenian-Mexican community. Following Ambassador Hovhannissian’s welcoming remarks, the Primate was invited to address the guests.
Firstly, His Eminence expressed his wholehearted gratitude to Ambassador Hovhannissian for the kind invitation and reception. The Primate recalled Ambassador Hovhannissian’s diplomatic achievements while serving as Consul General of the Republic of Armenia in Los Angeles. Archbishop Derderian also reflected on Ambassador Hovhannissian’s commitment to reaching out to the Armenian community and inviting them to the Motherland. In his remarks, the Primate spoke about the various meetings during his four-day pastoral visit and the important outcomes as a result. His Eminence commended the Ambassador’s active role in the overall livelihood of Mexico’s Armenian community.
The Primate also spoke about the exceptional organization of the community life and important mission of appointing a Pastor to serve the community. To realize this mission His Eminence noted the importance of a structured body within the community.
It is worthwhile noting that Ambassador Hovhannissian is committed to organizing a number of cultural events which include exhibitions dedicated to Armenian Literature, the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the establishment of an Armenian School and others.
The history of the Armenian community of Mexico dates back to the early 17th century, to the 1620s. Today, it is evident that although small in number, the community is in search of its roots and aims to preserve the national identity. The success of their mission will largely be due to the active role of their Ambassador.