Rev. Fr. Hratch Sargsyan
St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church
The Rev. Fr. Hratch Sargsyan was born in Armavir, Armenia, one of two sons of Simon and Zmroukhd Sargsyan. He was christened Hovhannes and received his early education in local Armenian schools.
In 2000, Rev. Fr. Hratch Sargsyan enrolled at the Vaskenian Theological Seminary in Sevan, where he also served as an assistant at the nearby Soorp Arakelotz Church. Later he continued his studies at the Gevorkyan Theological Seminary at Holy Etchmiadzin, where he graduated in 2006 with a master’s degree in theology. In the same year, he was ordained as a deacon.
Parallel to his studies, he prepared radio broadcasts on religious topics, served as a deacon at Yerevan's Holy Trinity Church, and was the general secretary at the Department of Interchurch and Ecumenical Relations at Holy Etchmiadzin. In addition, Fr. Sargsyan studied English at the American University of Armenia in Yerevan.
He was ordained to the holy priesthood by Archbishop Vicken Aykazian, Legate of the Eastern Diocese, in June 2007. Following his ordination, Fr. Sargsyan became pastor of St. Hovhannes Church in Sisyan, Armenia. Later, he returned to Yerevan to serve as assistant pastor at Holy Trinity Church for one year.
In 2008, His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, assigned Fr. Hratch to serve as an intern in the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. At the direction of Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, Fr. Hratch became the intern priest at St. John Armenian Church of Southfield, MI. He served the parish for almost two years under the guidance of the Rev. Fr. Garabed Kochakian. During this time, Fr. Hratch successfully completed a five-month program in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit. He also made pastoral visits to other parishes in the Eastern Diocese.
Upon the completion of his internship, Fr. Hratch became the pastor of St. Sahag Armenian Church in St. Paul, MN. During the summer of 2011, he was also served as the assistant director of the Diocesan Summer Camp program. On September 1, 2011, Fr. Hratch became the pastor of St. Gregory of Narek Armenian Church of Richmond Heights, OH.
He is married to Yn. Naira Azatyan. They are the proud parents of two daughters, Tatev and Mane.