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12 10 2012
The Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Torkom Archbishop Manoogian passed awey

The Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem passed awey


THE ARMENIAN PATRIARCH OF JERUSALEM TORKOM ARCHBISHOP MANOOGIAN
PASSED AWAY AFTER A LONG ILLNESS AT THE AGE OF 93

In the photo: The Catholicos of all Armenians, in accordance with the decree of the President of the Republic of Armenia, solemnly awards the Armenian
Patriarch of Jerusalem Torkom Archbishop Manoogian with “St. Mesrop Mashtots” supreme Order for 20 years of reign, 70 years of priesthood and 91st anniversary of his birthday. 23.03.2010


The Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Torkom Archbishop Manoogian passed away after a long illness at the age of 93, today at 09:50 am. On behalf of the Nairi Union of Armenians in Israel we express our condolences to the family and friends of the Pastor.

Below is the biography of the Archbishop, received from the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

BIOGRAPHY OF TORKOM PATRIARCH MANOOGIAN

Torkom Patriarch Manoogian was born in Iraq in February 16, 1919, in the family of Armenian refugees from Van, settled in village Baquba, one hour drive from Baghdad. His father Ivan was born in Dilijan, Armenia and his mother Narkiz Vardanian in Aghbak (Van). He was born in a large family, 6 boys and a girl – Andranik, Hamazasp, Avetis, Suren, Khachik, Vardan and Tsovik. Avetis, after graduating from St. Targmanchats nursery school of Baghdad, was accepted to the Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem in November 01, 1931. On August 2, 1936, together with his classmates, he was ordained a deacon by Torkom Patriarch Gushakian. On July 23, 1939 he was ordained a celibate reverend by Mesrop Patriarch Nshanian and renamed to Torkom Reverend. Torkom Reverend Manoogian, as a member of St. James Brotherhood, was occupying various positions from 1939 till July 10, 1946. He was a professor and a teacher at St. Targmanchants (Holy Translators) school, surveyor at the printing house, and member of the editorial house of official paper “Zion”, as well as a vice-supervisor of the Armenian Patriarchate Seminary. He receives a doctrinal degree in the Cathedral of St. James on May 16, 1946 by Kuregh Patriarch Israyelian. On July 26, 1946 he arrived to New York by the invitation of the Head of the Eastern Diocese of the United States, Tiran Bishop Nersoian and was appointed a Pastor of the Holy Trinity Church in Philadelphia. At the same time he was a visiting Pastor of the Armenian communities in Richmond Virginia and the capital Washington. He was two times elected a member of the Diocesan Council (1947-1954). He was appointed a Vicar of the Head of Diocese on November 1951 and moved to New York. From then he occupied the position of the head of St. Vardan Mother Cathedral, Cultural Executive Committee and Relations office, as well as took the responsibility of the organizer and visiting Pastor for community of St. Martyrs Church in Long Island. He returned to Jerusalem in 1955 and worked in the positions of the Assembly Chairman of the Brotherhood, surveyor and teacher at the Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem and a teacher at St. Targmanchats School. Returning to the States in 1960, Torkom Archimandrite took part in the lectures at Bishopric Theological School of Cambridge, Massachusetts. In 1962, he was elected a Head of California Diocese. During the 4 years of his leadership in this position, he supported the religious, cultural and economical development of the Diocese’s communities. In 1962, for the first time, he visited Holy Edjmiadzin to participate in the National Church Assembly and, as a Head of Diocese he was ordained a Bishop in October 14 by the Catholicos of Armenia and all Armenians Vazgen I. Bishop Torkom was elected a Head of the Eastern Diocese of Northern America on April 30, 1966 and reigned for 24 years, 5 times being re-elected. The Patriarch of Jerusalem Eghishe Archbishop Terterian passed away on February 1, 1990 and after his funeral ceremonies, on February 9 the General Assembly of St. James Brotherhood elected Torkom Archbishop Manoogian as a Patriarchal Vicar General.       


The elections of the Patriarch took place on March 22. After receiving recognition of the elections from the states of Israel and Jordan, the ceremony of Reign took place in St. James Cathedral on October 27. After the decease of the Catholicos of all Armenians Vazgen I (August 19, 1994), Torkom Patriarch was elected Vicar General of Catholicosate (August 25) before the election and reign of the Catholicos of all Armenians Garegin I (April 5, 1995). Torkom Patriarch was fond of songs, music and literature since childhood, mostly due to his teachers (especially, Shahan R. Perperian and Jacob Oshakan) and worked hardly in these spheres. The results were as follows: he organized choirs and concerts in Baghdad (1946), Philadelphia and New York (1948-1951), Jerusalem and Amman (1957-1959). He founded “Class Association of Scribes” in the Eastern Diocese of the United States in 1947, following the advise of the Head of the Diocese Tiran Archbishop Nersoian, as well as published the recorded “Guide for deacon in the holy liturgy”, “Deacon” (1960), “Liturgy of sunrise” (1957, piano by Vardan Sargissian), “Guide for deacon with explanations” (1985), “Genius of Komitas” (1985), “Genius of Komitas” (1987, Armenian-English), “Loss of the Armenian Church during the Genocide” (1972), “Resurrection dinner songs” (V. Sargissian), “Ceremonies in St. James and St. Tegh” (1995, Holy Edjmiadzin), “Weekly procession songs” (1994), “Forbidden Love” (2001, Armenian-English), “Days of monastery” (1972), “Days of monastery” (Armenian and English, translation by A. Keshishian, 2001), “With the group” (1957) and “Armenian pilgrim” (1957). Torkom Patriarch Manoogian has also done English-Armenian translations, such as “Seven psychological portraits” (Jerusalem, 1994), “Seven psychological portraits” (Eastern Armenian, Holy Edjmiatsin, 1995), “Ascension” (English, 1994), Shakespeare “Sonnets” (1996), “Reacting melody” (1999). Torkom Patriarch was a member of the “United States National Church Council Administrative body”, “Religion in American life” organization and “Appeal of conscience” company. Torkom Patriarch has received the following medals of Honor: a) in 1983 with a degree of “Theological Doctor” from New York General Theological Seminary; b) in July 1986 for an occasion of the 100th anniversary of the American Statue of Liberty, from the mayor of New York Eduard Koch; c) in October, from the company Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty for his effective work and activities. Torkom Patriarch Manoogian was announced as the “Man of the year” on January 28, 1990 by the organization “Religion in American life” for the occasion of his 70th birthday anniversary and 50 years of priesthood, as well as awarded with “Earl Pleasant” prize. He was awarded a “St. Gregory the Illuminator” medal in Edjmiadzin in 2001 by the Catholicos of all Armenians Garegin II, connected with the 1700 anniversary of Christianity in Armenia.

23.03.2010 - The Catholicos of all Armenians, in accordance with the decree of the President of the Republic of Armenia, solemnly awards the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem Torkom Archbishop Manoogian with “St. Mesrop Mashtots” supreme Order for 20 years of reign, 70 years of priesthood and 91st anniversary of his birthday. 19th General Assembly of St. James Brotherhood took place in the hall of the Patriarchate in Jerusalem, from November 15 to 18, 2012, during which the report for 2010 was presented. The Head of the Eastern Diocese of America Gersh. T. Khajak Archbishop Parsamian was elected a Chairman of the General Assembly of the Brotherhood.
Patriarch’s request connected with the appointment of the new elections was announced. Statutory changes were made in the spring of 2011 but then a decision was made to postpone the elections of the patriarch.

Nurhan Archbishop Manoogian was carrying out the responsibilities of the Patriarch during his illness. Now, according to the statute, new Vicar General must be elected, who will be obliged to arrange the elections of the new patriarch.

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