From an interview with Peter Bilezikian (1912-2010), circa 1977
"There was a priest in Marash -- Der Ghevont -- who, if necessary, would take his gun and run after the Turks, then come back and finish his Badarak (mass). My mother told me about him -- a distant relation to my mother. We used to go there (to Sourp Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church) Sunday mornings around 6 and stay 'til about 10, then at 10 went from Sourp Sarkis Yeghegetsi and go to the first Protestant church on the other side of the city. Karaman Dingle (Dinle) (Birinji Kilise - First Evangelical Church, Marash -- Peter's grandfather was the first minister of that church). When I went to (the Protestant) church, I used to go to Sunday School . . . (Walking all the way, of course.)"
"I wore a shabig and used to sing at Sourp Sarkis (St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church) when I was about 6 or 7 years old at the most. (When asked how he felt about that, he answered,) We had to do it. We accepted things as they were. It wasn't what you wanted, or what you didn't. (When asked why he went to both churches, he answered, ) My mother said it wouldn't do us any harm. We'd learn something. She was a Protestant at the time. She became a Protestant when she was in the German orphanage -- Bethel -- which you were named after."