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Worship. Minister. Educate.



Faith Building Women is a community of women within the Armenian Church that strives to inspire women and equip them with the tools they need to worship, minister, and educate.

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Rhonda Boyajian is the coordinator of Adult Christian Education at St. Peter Armenian Church in Watervliet, NY. She also serves on the Vemkar Adult Christian Education team. She is deeply rooted in her Armenian Orthodox faith and believes in the pursuit and power of education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Boston College Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. After getting married and having four children she earned a Master of Science degree in Elementary Education from Sage Graduate College (Phi Kappa Phi) Troy, New York. She has worked as an inner city elementary school teacher. She is currently a student at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.

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Inspiring Women
of the Past

When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”4 “Woman,[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” John 2:1-11.


During the brief conversation about the supply of wine at the wedding feast, she reminded Him that wine to gladden the hearts with joy and celebration of life – a new life- was needful.

Her presence, her grace, her wisdom, and motherly delight influenced that celebration and proved to be filled with power, as she became part of Jesus’  mighty acts on earth. Her ever- presence in the life of the Lord was necessary to do what was needful; it certainly made —and makes — a difference.

By changing water into wine — and good wine — Jesus shows us how it is necessary for us all to enter into the process of conversion, as a dynamic change in life. The water, representing our sometimes dull and limited humanity, must be transformed into good wine by the active presence of Jesus Christ and the intercession of the Virgin Mary, so it can then pour forth what it needful.

-Fr. Garabed Kochakian


To read past meditations click below

“The vineyards blossomed, and gave forth their fragrance. Rise and come, my Near One, my dove, my perfect one, and come, my dove, under the shelter of that rock, near the retaining wall.  Show me your face, and let me hear your voice, for your voice is sweet, and your face is beautiful.”

Song of Songs 2:13-14

About the Artist

Jacqueline Ohanian The art featured throughout the site is created by Jacqueline Ohanian, a Lebanese artist of Armenian origin. After many years of working in watercolor, mainly figurative paintings, Jacqueline transitioned into abstract expressionism in various mediums giving her the freedom and spontaneity to combine imagination with the various realities around her. Learn more at


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