Former Priests of St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church

RIGHT REV. FR. KHAJAG HAGOPIAN 

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(1983-1994)

Sarkis Hagopian was born in Syria on June 20, 1946. At a young age, he and his family relocated to Lebanon, where he received his education at Torkomian School and in 1961 entered the Seminary at the Catholicosate of the Holy See of Cilicia in Antelias. In 1965 he is ordained a deacon by then Bishop Karekin Sarkisian, who later became the Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia and the Catholicos of All Armenians.

In 1968, Deacon Hagopian was ordained a celibate priest and later in 1971 he received the title of Very Reverend -Vartabed.

Very Rev. Fr. Khajag Hagopian was elected the Locum Tenens of Jezireh, Northern Syria Prelacy. After serving in that capacity for eight years, he returned to Lebanon where he resumed his academic studies at the Middle East Theological institute. In 1981, at the invitation of His Eminence Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian, then the Prelate of Eastern US and Canada, Very Rev. Fr. Hagopian relocated to New York where he served as special assistant to the Prelate.

In 1983, he became the first parish priest of the newly established St. Mary Church in Toronto. In 1985 he was ordained a Right Reverend by Archbishop Ashjian. In 1994, Right Rev. Fr. Hagopian was assigned to served as the parish priest of the Holy Martyrs Armenian Church in Encino.

RIGHT REV. FR. SHAHE PANOSSIAN 

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(1994-2002)

Kevork Panossian was born May 6, 1958 in Kessab, Syria. He was ordained a celibate priest on February 17, 1980, and given the name Shahe. He was assigned to the pastoral role of the Armenian All Saints Apostolic Church in Glenview, Illinois, US from 1989-1994. In 1994, Very Rev. Fr. Shahe Panossian became Parish Priest of the Saint Mary Armenian Apostolic Church from 1994 to 2002. 

RIGHT REV. FR. MEGHRIG PARIKIAN 

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(2002-2014)

Garabed Parikian was born in Beirut, Lebanon on January 3, 1968. He received his primary education at the “Aksor Kasardjian” and “Mihran Karageozian” elementary schools and in 1982 he entered the Zarehian Seminary of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia.

He was ordained a Deacon by His Eminence Archbishop Datev Sarkissian on May 6, 1985 and after completing his education at the seminary, he was ordained as a celibate priest by His Grace Bishop Zareh Aznavourian on May 28, 1988. Between 1988-1995 he served the Seminary as a monitor and choir master, while directing the Catholicosate’s “Shenorhali” choir.

In July 1994, he was given the title of Very Reverend – Vartabed, by His Eminence Archbishop Ardag Manougian, after presenting his thesis on the Letters of His Holiness, Catholicos Nerses of all Armenians. The following year, in 1995, Father Parikian was appointed Sacristan at the Catholicosate.
His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Armenian Catholicosate, bestowed Parikian with the right to wear a pectoral cross in January 1996.

Throughout the next couple of years, he attended the Ecumenical Institute at Bossey, where he followed the “Overcome Violence” educational program. As a Deacon, Parikian had begun studying the piano under the direction of Setrag Setragian, and continued his piano studies during his service in Lebanon.

In 1997, he moved to New York to attend Mannes College, The New School for Music and was instructed by Peter Bellino until his departure in 1999.

Upon his return to Lebanon, he took on the duty of director of the Birds Nest Armenian Orphanage in Jbeil until 2002. In May of that year, he is given the title of Right Reverend by His Grace Bishop Zareh Aznavourian and on the same day, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Armenian Catholicosate, bestows him the right to wear the official purple cassock of the Armenian Catholicosate. Later that year, he is appointed as the parish priest for the St. Mary Armenian Apostolic Church in Toronto and served the local Armenian community for 12 years.

In 2010, under the Auspices of His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Hagopian, the former Prelate of the Armenian Prelacy of Canada, then Right Rev. Fr. Meghrig Parikian Parikian was named as the Rector of the province of Ontario. His Eminence Archbishop Khajag Hagopian, appointed Right Rev. Fr. Parikian as Vicar General on December 17, 2013.

On April 27, 2014, His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia ordained Father Parikian as a Bishop.

VERY REV. FR. STEPANOS PASHAYAN 

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(2014-2016)

Kevork Pashayan was born in Beirut, Lebanon on April 13, 1981. In 1993, he was admitted to the Great House of Cilicia Seminary. In 1998, Archbishop Yeprem Tabakian ordained Kevork a Sub-Deacon. He was ordained a Deacon in 2000 by His Eminence Archbishop Zareh Aznavorian.

In 2004, he was ordained a celibate priest being renamed Stepanos, by His Eminence Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian. He was bestowed the title of “Doctor of the Church” – Vartabed in 2009 again by Archbishop Sarkissian.

He served the Prelacies of Azerbaijan and Greece before coming to Canada.

On November 3, 2014, Very Rev. Fr. Stepanos Pashayan began serving as the Parish Priest at St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Toronto. On January 7th, 2016, he was appointed to serve as Dean of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church in Caracas, Venezuela.