Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian
Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Odabashian was born in Boston in 1962. In 1988 he received his Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir's and St. Nersess seminaries, and pursued Armenian Church studies for two years at the seminaries of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem and of the Mother Holy See of Etchmiadzin.
Fr. Simeon's first assignment was as the assistant to the pastor of the Church of Our Saviour in Worcester, MA, after which he was called to be deacon-in-charge of St. Gregory of Narek Church in Cleveland, OH.
On December 1, 1996, Archbishop Khajag Barsamian, Primate, ordained Fr. Simeon as a celibate priest at St. Gregory of Narek Church, where he continued as pastor until September 1999. In addition to leading the Cleveland community, he served as visiting pastor to the mission parishes in Columbus, OH, and Erie, PA.
In October 1999, Archbishop Barsamian called Fr. Simeon to a new ministry as coordinator of the Diocese's Mission Parish Program, overseeing communities of Armenians too small for their own regular church building or services. In addition to administering to the Diocesan mission parishes, Fr. Simeon served as the chaplain and instructor of practical liturgics at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.
In January 2004, Fr. Simeon resumed parish ministry when he became the pastor of Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Church of Providence, RI. In January 2011, Fr. Simeon was named Vicar of the Eastern Diocese, a role he continues to serve today.