Rev. Fr. Daniel Karadjian
St. Stepanos Armenian Church
Rev. Fr. Daniel Karadjian was born and raised in Bulgaria. After the fall of Communism, his father became active in the local Armenian Church. As more people began worshipping openly, there was a shortage of priests and the community suggested to Fr. Karadjian's father to encourage his son to become a priest.
Fr. Karadjian traveled to the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, where he studied and was ordained as a priest in 1994. After his ordination, Fr. Karadjian worked on Gantegh, the newspaper of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and later published a monthly religious magazine for the St. George Church in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, where he served as pastor. He also earned a master's degree from St. Kliment Ohridski's Theological University in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Upon his arrival in the United States, Fr. Karadjian took classes at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and studied for a year at Concordia College. While at St. Nersess, Fr. Karadjian also was assigned to work with the Rev. Fr. Karekin Kasparian, pastor of the St. Gregory the Enlightener Church of White Plains, NY, for a year to be introduced to parish life in the United States.
In the Eastern Diocese, he has served as the pastor of the St. Sarkis Church of Charlotte, NC, St. Paul Church of Syracuse, NY, and St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Binghamton, NY. He is currently the pastor of St. Stepanos Church of Elberon, NJ.
Fr. Daniel is married to Yn. Mariam, and has two sons, Hagop and Harut.