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Clergy

St Hagop Armenian Church has been blessed with committed and faithful ordained leaders who have acted as stewards over our church over the years. Meet the clergy who have served the Lord and our church gladly in the profiles below.

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian

Khajag Barsamian was born in Arapkir, Turkey on July 4, 1951. At the age of 13, he began his religious studies at the Holy Cross Armenian Seminary in Istanbul. Encouraged by Archbishop Shnork Kaloustian (the late Armenian Patriarch of Constantinople), he went to Jerusalem to study at the Seminary of the St. James Armenian Patriarchate.…

Fr. Hovnan Demerjian

Fr. Hovnan earned his B.A. from Boston College, Masters of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and Certificate in Armenian Studies from St. Nersess Seminary. From 1996 to 1998 Fr. Hovnan spent two years teaching in the public schools of Armenia as a member of the U.S. Peace Corps. This experience motivated him to establish the…

Rev. Fr. Nersess Jebejian

Rev. Fr. Nersess Jebejian was born in Aleppo, Syria, on December 17, 1934. Upon his arrival in the United States, he studied at the Episcopal Theological Seminary and received a bachelor’s degree in 1958, a master’s degree in 1961, and a diploma in Ecumenical Science in 1966. Fr. Nersess was ordained to the holy priesthood…

Visiting Clergy/Dignitaries

Since the inception of our organized community, the following clergy celebrated Badarak or visited our parish: His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of all Armenians His Beatitude Abp. Torkom Manoogian His Beatitude Abp. Shnork Kaloustian (OBM) His Eminence Abp. Khajag Barsamian His Eminence Abp. Sion Manoogian (OBM) His Eminence Abp. Yeghishe Gizirian His Grace Bp. Haigazoun…