Rev. Fr. Mampre Kouzouian
Rev. Fr. Mampre was born Alexan in Larnaca, Cyprus, on April 26, 1933. He is the youngest son of Oskian and Ovsanna Kouzouian. He attended the local Armenian National School, graduating in 1949. Later that year, he entered the Armenian Theological Seminary in Antelias, Lebanon, as a second-year student. Following his graduation from the Seminary in 1954, he spent the following two years as principal of a local Armenian school in Basra, Iraq.
In 1956, Fr. Mampre moved to the United States to further his theological education and serve the Eastern Diocese as a priest. While a student at the General Theological Seminary in New York, Fr. Mampre served as deacon and choirmaster of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of New York. He married Nuvart Vartanesian of Troy, NY, in 1957, and was ordained to the holy priesthood on February 16, 1958, by his spiritual father, Archbishop Mampre Calfayan.
While continuing his education at General Theological Seminary, he was pastor of St. Mary Church in Irvington, NJ, where he served for almost 13 years. Fr. Mampre then served as the canon sacrist of St. Vartan Cathedral for the next six years, as well as pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church in New York. During this same period, he was the ecumenical director of the Diocese.
On January 3, 1977, Fr. Mampre became pastor of the Holy Trinity Church of Cambridge, MA, where he served for 25 years, retiring in December 2001.
Fr. Mampre was a member of the Diocesan Council for 16 consecutive years, serving as its chairman for four years. For 18 years, he was on the Diocesan Unity Committee, and for numerous years he served in the Ecumenical Department of the Diocese. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Fund for Armenian Relief.
Fr. Mampre and Yn. Nuvart have three children, Susan, Arpie, and Fr. Vasken Kouzouian, and two grandchildren, Oscar Derderian III and Alina Ovsanna Kouzouian.