Rev. Fr. Shnork Souin
Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church
Rev. Fr. Shnork Souin was born in Toronto, Ontario, on January 16, 1961. He was baptized with the name Gregory and raised at the local Holy Trinity Armenian Church. He attended Ryerson Polytechnical University in Toronto where he received a diploma in business management.
Following his calling, Fr. Shnork entered the seminary in 1992 as a full-time student. In October 1993, he was ordained as a deacon. Starting in 1993, he served as the deacon-in-charge of St. Gregory Armenian Church of St. Catharine's, Ontario. During this time he was also appointed Vicar of the Southern Ontario region, taking care of the spiritual needs of the parishes of the Niagara Region in Canada.
Fr. Shnork was ordained a priest on March 4, 1994, by Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, then-Primate of the Canadian Diocese. He obtained a Master's of Divinity degree at Concordia Theological Seminary in 1997. He enrolled in classes toward a doctorate degree in ministry, which he hopes to complete in the near future.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Fr. Shnork served as a governor of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) and in May 2000 was elected as one of three vice-presidents of the executive council of the CCC.
During the summers of 1995 and 1996, he led the Canadian Youth Mission to Armenia, a program of the Canadian Diocese. The month-long mission included pastoral visits to remote regions of Armenia, focusing on work among those who lost loved ones during the war with Azerbaijan; construction and renovation projects; as well as overseeing day camps for hundreds of orphans.
He served as the pastor of St. Mary Church of Livingston, NJ, from September 2001 to June 2011. In 2011, he was appointed by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, to serve as the pastor of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Church of Providence, RI, where he continues to serve today.
In addition to his ministry, Fr. Shnork enjoys ecumenical work and youth ministry. He and his wife, Yn. Julie, have three children: Nicholas, Conner, and Elizabeth.