An Armenian church will welcome a head of the Armenian Apostolic Church later this month.
Sts. Vartanantz church says Catholicos Aram I will visit the Providence church on May 30. He is one of two heads of the Oriental Orthodox religion and is based in Lebanon.
Catholicos Aram I is expected to visit the Armenian Martyrs Memorial Monument in the city's North Burial Ground. Then, he'll give traditional blessings and deliver remarks at the church.
Parishioners will then have an opportunity to approach the church leader to receive personal blessings.
The church says Providence's Armenian community is one of the nation's oldest, with immigrants arriving from 25 different countries beginning in the American Industrial Revolution. The state currently has three Armenian churches.