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The Armenian Apostolic Church

The Armenian Apostolic Church currently maintains five seminaries: Kevorkian Seminary in Etchmiadzin; Vazgenian Theological Seminary in Sevan, Armenia; the seminary of the Catholicosate of Cilicia in Bikfaya, Lebanon; St. James Seminary in Jerusalem; and St. Nersess Seminary in New Rochelle, New York, which is associated with St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in nearby Crestwood, New York.

The Catholicosate of Etchmiadzin has bishops throughout the diaspora. Bishop Hovakim Manukyan (St. Sarkis Church, Iverna Gardens, London W8 6TP) has pastoral care of the six Armenian parishes in the United Kingdom and one in Ireland. Bishop Haigazoun Najarian is Primate of Australia and New Zealand (Holy Resurrection Armenian Church, 10 Marquarie Street, PO Box 694, Chatswood NSW 2067). There are parishes in Sydney and Melbourne. In North America, the Eastern USA Diocese (St. Vartan’s Cathedral, 630 Second Avenue, New York, New York 10016) is headed by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, while Archbishop Hovnan Derderian of Los Angeles is Primate of the Western USA Diocese (3325 North Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA 91504). Altogether there are about 120 parishes in the USA. The Diocese of Canada (615 Stuart Avenue, Montréal, Québec H2V 3H2), which has eleven parishes, is under the pastoral care of Bishop Abgar Hovakimian.

The Catholicosate of Cilicia also has two dioceses in the United States: the Prelacy of the Eastern United States is headed by Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan (138 East 39th Street, New York, New York 10016), and the Western Prelacy is administered by Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian (6252 Honolulu Ave., La Crescenta, California 91214). Altogether there are 34 parishes in the USA. The Prelacy of Canada, which has six parishes, is headed by Bishop Meghrig Parikian (3401 Olivar Asselin, Montreal, Quebec H4J 1L5).

Location: Armenia, large diaspora
Head: Catholicos Karekin II (born 1951, elected 1999)
Title: Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians
Residence: Etchmiadzin, Armenia
Membership: 6,000,000

Last Modified: 23 Nov 2015

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