Rev. Fr. Diran Bohajian
St. Leon Armenian Church
Rev. Fr. Diran Bohajian was born with the baptismal name Richard on November 29, 1959, in Hoboken, NJ, to Victoria (Bossbaly) and John Bohajian. He grew up in Fort Lee, NJ.
Fr. Diran grew up attending Holy Cross Church of Union City, NJ, where he sang in the choir and served on the altar. He was a student at the Mesrobian Armenian School and graduated from the parish’s Sunday School in 1976. He also served as a counselor and lecturer at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary summer conferences for high school and college students.
He graduated from Jersey City State College (now New Jersey City University) in December 1987, with a major in history and minor in philosophy. Fr. Diran entered St. Nersess and St. Vladimir's seminaries in January 1988 and graduated on May 19, 1991, with a Master of Divinity degree. On May 19, 1998, Fr. Diran was ordained as a deacon by Diocesan Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian. In the summer of 1990, Fr. Diran participated in and graduated from the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center in New Brunswick, NJ.
Upon his graduation from St. Nersess and St. Vladimir's seminaries, Fr. Diran worked at the Diocese's Zohrab Information Center. In August 1991, he traveled to Jerusalem and continued his studies at the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. In January 1992, Fr. Diran began working at the Eastern Diocese’s Department of Youth Ministry. On September 14, 1992, he was appointed as deacon-in-charge of St. Stepanos Church of Elberon, NJ.
On January 17, 1993, Fr. Diran was ordained a priest by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian and continued to serve St. Stepanos as pastor. On May 21, 1999, Fr. Diran was appointed pastor of the St. Leon Church of Fair Lawn, NJ. He began his service there on November 1, 1999.
Fr. Diran is married to Kismet LoFranco. They have three children: Anastasia, Richard and Aram.