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His Eminence Archbishop Aram Ateshian

Representative of the Armenian Community


Archbishop Aram Ateshian (baptismal name Artin (Haroutiun)) was born on 1 January, 1954 in Tigranakert, where he received his primary education. He received his secondary education at the Holy Cross School of Constantinople

He continued his studies at the Jarangavoratz Theological Seminary at the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. He was ordained to the Dioaconate in 1973, by Archbishop Hayrik Apanian of Jerusalem. In 1976 he was ordained as a celibate priest by then Patriarch of Constantinople, Archbishop Shnork Galoustian, and given the priestly name of Aram.

Following his ordination he served as the administrator of all the Armenian Churches of Constantinople.

In 1987, upon the successful defense of his theses he received the rank of Archimandrite (Vardapet), then Patriarch of Constantinople, Archbishop Shnork Galoustian. In 1999, he received the rank of Senior Archimandrite (Dzarakouyn Vardapet) by the Partriarch of Constantinople, Archbishop Mesrob Mutafyan.

Father Aram was consecrated as a Bishop in 1999, by the Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Karekin II, in the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin.

During his service to the Armenian Church he has served as spiritual pastor to the Armenian faithful. Presently, Bishop Aram serves as the Grand Sacristan of the Holy Mother of God Armenian Cathedral at the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinople in Kumkapi, Istanbul.

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