Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan
St. Mary Armenian Church
Rev. Fr. Hovsep Karapetyan was born Tigran on August 2, 1972, in Etchmiadzin, Armenia. After graduating from high school, he attended the Gevorkyan Theological Seminary at Holy Etchmiadzin from 1989 to 1991. He attended the Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate in Jerusalem from 1991 to 1996.
In 1992, Fr. Hovsep was ordained as a deacon by then-Patriarch of Jerusalem Archbishop Torkom Monoogian. In 1997, he was admitted to St. Nersess and St. Vladimir’s seminaries in New York, from where he graduated in 2000. He also completed his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program at Beth Israel Hospital in New York that same year. In June 2000, he was assigned to be the deacon-in-charge of St. James Church of Richmond, VA.
On February 21 and 22, 2004, Fr. Hovsep was ordained as a priest at St. James Church by Primate Archbishop Khajag Barsamian. He also served as visiting pastor of the Armenian Church of Virginia's Tidewater region.
In 2007, Fr. Hovsep became pastor at St. Mary Armenian Church in Washington, DC, where he continues to serve today.
He is married to Yn. Jennifer Karapetian and are blessed with three children: Ruben, Mariam and Vardan.