Rev. Fr. Yeprem Kelegian
Fr. Yeprem Kelegian was born to Kegham and Mary (Gengozian) Kelegian, in Milwaukee, WI. After graduating from Marquette University with a bachelor's degree, he was accepted into St. Nersess Armenian Seminary. He received his Master of Divinity degree from St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary.
Fr. Yeprem has had the joy and privilege of serving in several parishes. He served as deacon-in-charge and pastor of Holy Shoghagat Church of Belleville, IL, for five years; as associate pastor at St. James Church of Watertown, MA, for three years; as pastor of St. George Church of Hartford, CT, for 12 years; and as pastor of St. Mesrob Chruch of Racine, WI, for 23 years.
He was ordained as both a deacon and priest by Archbishop Torkom Manoogian. In 1977, he married Judy Tourijigian of St. Louis, MO. They have two daughters, Talene and Marisa.
Fr. Yeprem continued his education during his ministry, including taking elementary education courses from Southern Illinois University and gaining certification to teach in Illinois. He received his master's degree in pastoral counseling from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, CT.
Fr. Yeprem retired as pastor of St. Mesrob Church after leading the parish from 1993 to 2016.
Besides his parish work, Fr. Yeprem has enjoyed working with the youth as the New England ACYOA Juniors coordinator for eight years. For more than a dozen years, he has been on staff at St. Vartan and Hye Camps. He has also served as the spiritual director of St. Nersess Seminary for seven years. Since 1995 he has served on the Diocesan Council.