Very Rev. Fr. Oshagan Gulgulian
Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church
Very Rev. Fr. Oshagan Gulgulian was born in Beirut, Lebanon, on June 18, 1960, as Kevork Artine. He received his early education at the Vahan Tekeyan School in Beirut, and at the Theological Seminary of the Great House of Cilicia. Later, he continued his education at the Theological Seminary at Holy Etchmiadzin, graduating in 1986. From June 1986 through April 1987, he served at the Catholicosate as a secretary.
On February 22, 1987, he was ordained as a celibate priest in Etchmiadzin by Archbishop Vazken Keshishian, Primate of the Canadian Diocese, and was renamed Father Oshagan.
From 1987-1988, Father Oshagan served as a parish priest in Vancouver, British Columbia. During that period, he received the rank of Vartabed in the Monastery of Holy Etchmiadzin, after presenting his thesis on “The Catholicate of Aghtamar.”
In 1989, he continued his education in Geneva, Switzerland, and at Columbia University in New York.
On January 1, 1990, he was assigned as the pastor of St. James Armenian Church of Richmond, VA, where he further continued his education at the Union Theological Seminary and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. While at St. James, he reorganized the local chapter of the Armenian Church Youth Organization of America (ACYOA) and the Women’s Guild. He became an active member of the Choir Association of the Armenian Church of America and was elected to the Choir Association Central Council. During his pastorship at St. James, Father Oshagan served on several religious and ecumenical committees in the area. He also worked with a medical outreach organization, which successfully brought children from Armenia to the United States for open heart surgery.
From early 1993 through March 1994, he was assigned as the Canon Sacristan of St. Vartan Cathedral in New York.
In mid-1994, he assumed the pastorship of the St. John the Baptist Church of Miami, FL. His role was to revitalize an older, established parish, which was utilizing rented facilities for church services. He embarked upon a project aimed at building a new church in South Florida. During his tenure in Miami, he was actively involved with the fundraising effort, purchasing a five-acre parcel of land in a nearby county and collaborating with an architect to construct a church building and cultural center.
Fr. Oshagan served at Sts. Vartanantz Church of Chelmsford, MA, and also as the manager of the Armenian Philanthropic Academy and pastor of the Armenian churches of India.
Fr. Oshagan currently serves as pastor of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church of Wynnewood, PA.