Rev. Fr. Abraham Malkhasyan
Holy Martyrs Armenian Church
Rev. Fr. Abraham Malkhasyan was born on March 10, 1978, in Yerevan, Armenia, where he attended secondary school before enrolling at the Sts. James Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem in 1992. In 1994 he returned to Armenia and continued his studies at the Seminary of Gyumri. He has also studied at the Gevorkian Theological Seminary of Holy Etchmiadzin, and at the Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages in Hyderabad, India, where he received a degree in translation and teaching.
He was ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Sion Adamyan at Holy Etchmiadzin on December 25, 2003, the Feast of St. Stephen. As a deacon, he assisted at parishes in Yerevan, Arinj, Bjni, and Etchmiadzin. From 2004 to 2005, he was assigned to work in the Karekin I Armenological and Theological Center as an assistant to the director. In 2005 and 2006, he taught Armenian Church music and worked as an assistant secretary to the dean of the Vaskenian Theological Seminary of Sevan.
In 2006, by the order of His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, he traveled abroad to study at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. While studying in Minnesota, he was involved in the pastoral life of the Armenian community at St. Sahag Church. He graduated in 2009, earning a master of arts in theology, and returned to Holy Etchmiadzin.
Fr. Abraham was ordained to the holy priesthood by Bishop Hovagim Manougyan on August 29, 2010. Following his ordination, he served at the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Yerevan.
On June 1, 2011, with the blessings of His Holiness Karekin II, and at the invitation of Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Fr. Malkhasyan arrived in the United States to serve in the Eastern Diocese. He was assigned by Archbishop Barsamian to complete his pastoral internship at St. Hagop Church of Pinellas Park, FL, and to serve as a visiting priest at Soorp Haroutiun Church of Orlando, FL. Fr. Malkhasyan completed the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, FL. Upon the completion of his internship, Fr. Malkhasyan began serving as the pastor of the Church of the Holy Martyrs in Bayside, NY.
Fr. Abraham Malkhasyan is married to Karine Malkhasyan (Serobyan), and they have a daughter Evelina and son Armen.