On June 8, 2005, HG Bishop Serapion joined over 200 governmental and ecumenical leaders in welcoming His Holiness Karakin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, during a VIP luncheon held in the at the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, in Burbank. His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians addressed the attendees, thanking them for their continued support of the Western Diocese and her missions. He blessed them and conveyed to them his love from the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.