Rev. Fr. Mikael Devejian
Rev. Fr. Mikael Devejian, son of Ann Devejian and the late Kevork Devejian, was born in Bayside, NY, on October 19, 1964, and given the name George Alexander Devejian. He grew up in the parish of the Church of the Holy Martyrs in Bayside, NY, where he graduated from Sunday School and became an assistant teacher for three years.
He graduated from St. John's University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services in 1986. After graduation, he moved to Fresno, CA, where he served on the altar at a local church. After one year, he returned to New York and worked at the Diocese and then enrolled at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in January of 1988.
He graduated from seminary on May 17, 1992, and earned the Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained to the diaconate by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese, in May 1992. For two years following graduation, Fr. Mikael lived in Jerusalem, where he studied at the Theological Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate and took classes at the Ecole Biblique. After returning from Jerusalem in July of 1994, he served the Department of Youth Ministry at the Diocese and then continued his training as a pastoral intern at St. Leon Church in Fair Lawn, NJ.
In May 1996, Archbishop Barsamian appointed Fr. Mikael as the deacon-in-charge of St. Gregory the Illuminator Church of Binghamton, NY. He worked diligently to nurture the St. Gregory community into a vibrant parish family and served this community for six years. He was married on November 13, 1999, to Lynda Joan Chagachbanian, daughter of Lucy Chagachbanian and the late John Chagachbanian. He was ordained as a priest of the Armenian Church at St. Vartan Cathedral in New York on June 18, 2000. In August 2001, Fr. Mikael completed a master's degree in Social Work at Marywood University in Scranton, PA.
In August 2002, he was appointed as the priest of St. Mark Church in Springfield, MA. In his two-year tenure, he devoted himself to bringing the immigrant families into the fold of the church, tending to the pastoral needs of the parishioners, conducting educational programs, facilitating parish-wide planning meetings, and teaching the Sunday School children about the Armenian Church.
In September 2004, Fr. Mikael was appointed as the priest of St. Sarkis Church in Carrollton, TX, where he served for three years.
From 2007 to 2008 Fr. Mikael completed a one-year Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residency at Parkland Hospital, where he ministered to the patients of the Burn Unit and the Medsurgical Unit.
Currently, Fr. Mikael's ministry focuses on working as a visiting pastor to parishes in the Eastern Diocese. Alongside parish work, Fr. Mikael's ministry includes visitation to terminally ill patients and the sick in the hospice and hospital settings.
Fr. Mikael and Yn. Lynda have two daughters, Lucine and Arevig.