Rev. Fr. Bedros Kadehjian
Holy Cross Church of Armenia
Rev. Fr. Bedros Kadehjian was born Ara Papken Kadehjian in Englewood, NJ, and grew up in Queens, NY. He was baptized and later served at St. Vartan Cathedral in New York.
Dn. Ara took his calling seriously after he participated in the St. Nersess Armenian Seminary Mission to Armenia in 1992. In 1993, he was accepted as a pre-seminary student by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, and subsequently graduated from Concordia College in Bronxville, NY, with a bachelor's degree in 1997.
In 1998, he was ordained as a sub-deacon by Archbishop Barsamian. He received his master's degree in theological studies from the St. Nersess/St. Vladimir's seminaries dual program in 2000. He also received a Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in 2004.
After spending three months at the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, Dn. Ara served as the assistant to the pastor at the Church of the Holy Ascension in Trumbull, CT, and as the assistant to the pastor at St. Leon Church of Fair Lawn, NJ.
He was ordained by Archbishop Barsamian on April 3, 2005, at St. Vartan Cathedral, and given the priestly name Bedros.
After his ordination, Fr. Bedros assumed the position of interim coordinator of the Diocesan Mission Parish Program. In October 2005, he began serving as pastor of the St. Kevork Church of Houston. On July 1, 2007, he became pastor of the St. Peter Church of Watervliet, NY. He later worked with the archives at the Diocesan Center and served as interim pastor of Holy Martyrs Church in Bayside, NY. Currently, he serves as a visiting priest at Holy Cross Church of Armenia in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.
Fr. Bedros and his wife Yn. Tina have three children: Arev, Garen, and Tavit.