The Priest

2015-current (Very Reverend Nerses Harutyunyan)

Very Reverend Father Nerses Harutyunyan was born on 1982 in Sisian, capital city of Syunik Province, Armenia.

From 1990-2000 he attended the Zoravar Antranig secondary school in Sisian.

From 2000-2006 he studied in the Gevorkian Theological Seminary in Holy Etchmiadzin.

In December 2006 he was ordained a Deacon by His Eminence Nerses Archbishop Bozabalian of Holy Etchmiadzin of blessed memory.

Following his graduation from the Gevorkian Theological Seminary, he was the Secretary to his Holiness Karekin II Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians 2006-2007.

In 2007 he defended his diploma titled The Poetry of Patriarch Yeghishe Tourian.

From 2007-2009 he studied linguistics at Athens University, Greece. During this time he was a religious assistant to services held at the Armenian Church of St Mary’s in Athens.

He was ordained a celibate priest on 19 July 2009 by His Eminence Khajag Archbishop Barsamian.

From 2009-2012 he served as Army Chaplin for the Armenian armed forces.

By the Pontifical Order of His Holiness Karekin II Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians in 2012, he was appointed to the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand to serve as the Parish Priest of St Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church in Melbourne.

In September 2015, he was reappointed by His Holiness Karekin II to serve as the first Parish Priest of the newly-established Armenian Apostolic Church of Holy Trinity in Western Sydney, Australia and commenced his official duties in October.