Very Reverend Father Yeremia Abgaryan
(2018 – 2020)
The Very Reverend Father Yeremia Abgaryan was born in 1984 in the village of Aghavnatun in Armavir Province, Armenia.
From 1990 to 2001 he attended School #3 in Metsamor. From 2002 to 2004, he completed his two-year national service in the Armenian Armed Forces.
In 2004, he was admitted to the Gevorgian Theological Seminary of Holy Etchmiadzin, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008.
On 25 December 2008, during the Feast of St. Stephen the Protodeacon, he was ordained a Deacon by His Eminence Archbishop Ararat Kaltakjyan.
He graduated from the Gevorgian Theological Seminary in 2010 and was awarded the degree of Master of Theology. The Master’s Thesis defended The Armenian Refugees in Etchmiadzin during World War I.
On October 31, 2010, he was ordained an Archimandrite (celibate priest) by Bishop Mkrtich Proshyan and was given the priestly name, Yeremia.
From 2010 to 2011 he has served as Secretary at the Church and State Relationship Department of the Chancellery of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin. He headed the department from 2011 to 2016.
From 2016 to 2017 he served as Parish Priest at Western Diocese of Armenian Apostolic Church in Seattle, USA.
From February 2018 to November 2018, he was the Taskmaster at Gevorkian Theological Seminary, Holy Etchmiadzin.
By Pontifical Order of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of all Armenians, he was appointed to the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand to serve as Parish Priest of Holy Trinity in Wentworthville (Western Sydney).
He returned to Armenia on 9 January 2020.
Very Reverend Nerses Harutyunyan
(2015 – 2016)
Very Reverend Father Nerses Harutyunyan was born in 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.