Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
A native of Yerevan, Armenia, Very Rev. Fr. Mesrop Parsamyan received a B.A. in theology from the Gevorkian Theological Seminary in Etchmiadzin in 2003. He also holds an M.A. in theology and religious sciences from the University of Strasbourg in France and has studied at the International Study Center in Dublin, Ireland. He received his Archimandrite (Vardapet) rank in 2011.
He was ordained to the holy priesthood in 2003, and subsequently became the staff-bearer for the Catholicos until 2004.
From 2007 to 2011, Fr. Mesrop was a professor of Christian Ethics at the Gevorkian Theological Seminary, and also served as deputy chancellor of Holy Etchmiadzin. During this time, he had two pastoral assignments in Brussels, Belgium, and in Nice, France.
He went on to serve as the Locum Tenens Primate at the Diocese of the Armenian Church in Geneva, Switzerland. From 2012 to 2013, he was Vicar General of the Diocese of the Armenian Church in Marseille, France. The following year, he served as Locum Tenens Primate of Diocese of the Armenian Church in Paris.
From 2007-2014, Fr. Mesrop was a member of the Church and Society Commission of the Conference of European Churches.
Fr. Mesrop speaks five languages, including Armenian, English, French, Russian, Italian.
In September 2015, Fr. Mesrop came to the Eastern Diocese and was assigned as the visiting pastor to Holy Virgin Mary and Shoghagat Church of Belleville, IL, where he served for tow years. Fr. Mesrop currently serves as the director of the Diocesan ministries.