Rev. Fr. Karekin Kasparian
Rev. Fr. Karekin Kasparian was born in Aleppo, Syria, with the baptismal name Hovannes. He graduated from the Armenian Theological Seminary in Antelias, Lebanon. Later, he continued his education at the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, MA, graduating in 1955 with a Master of Divinity degree. In 1957, Fr. Karekin received a master's degree from Harvard Divinity School. Fr. Karekin has also completed three additional years of graduate study at Boston University School of Theology in the doctoral program in psychology and pastoral counseling.
Since 1962, Fr. Karekin has served St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in a variety of capacities, including assistant to the dean, vocational director, administrator, instructor, and dean. From 1963 to 1978, he organized and directed, in both the Eastern and Western Dioceses, the St. Nersess Summer Study Seminars for young people and adults, the deacons training programs, and the St. Nersess and ACYOA HAVAD mission programs in Armenia.
Fr. Karekin served for 10 years as an assistant to the pastor at the Church of Our Saviour of Worcester, MA. He was also a deacon-in-charge at St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Chicago, IL, for five years. Since 1974, he has served as the pastor of St. James/St. Gregory the Enlightener parish of Westchester, NY. The community has since built a permanent house of worship: St. Gregory the Enlightener Church of White Plains, NY, where Fr. Karekin served as a full-time pastor until his retirement in 2014.
Fr. Karekin is married to Yn. Dawn. They have two daughters, Meline and Lori.