Very Rev. Fr. Mamigon Kiledjian
St. Vartan Armenian Cathedral
Very Rev. Fr. Mamigon Kiledjian was born Hovakim Neshan Kiledjian in Etchmiadzin, Armenia. In 1979, he was admitted to a religious lyceum. After graduation, he was called to enlist in the army of the former Soviet Union, where he served from 1986-1988.
In 1988, he successfully passed the final exams at the religious lyceum, and in 1989 he wrote a dissertation titled, “The Gospel According to John, by the Very Reverend Father Matheos Choughayetzi.” On June 11, 1989, he was ordained as a celibate priest and given the priestly name Mamigon.
For the next five years, he assumed various positions at Holy Etchmiadzin, including director of the guest house, director of the building of the religious brotherhood, and director of the museum adjacent to the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin.
He also held various positions at Holy Etchmiadzin that related to music, including serving as an instructor of church music at a religious lyceum and as an organist of the Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin.
He later traveled to the United States, where he studied and graduated from the Manhattan School of Music, pursuing studies as an organist and conductor. At St. Vartan Cathedral, he has conducted a choir of young faithful. Since 1996, he has been a visiting professor at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary, where he teaches Armenian Church music.
He served as pastor of St. Stepanos Church of Elberon, NJ, until November 2012, when he was appointed the dean of St. Vartan Cathedral.