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Remembering Archbishop Torkom Manoogian

With deep sorrow, the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of
America mourns the passing of His Beatitude Archbishop Torkom
Manoogian, the 96th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem.

Patriarch Torkom passed away in the early morning hours of October 12,
2012, at age 93. He will be interred in Jerusalem, at the Patriarchal
Cemetery, on Monday, October 22.

Prior to his election as Patriarch of Jerusalem, Archbishop Torkom
served for a quarter-century as Primate of the Eastern Diocese. To
thousands of people across this country-not only in our parishes, but
in the surrounding society-he was the vigorous, compassionate, always
impressive face of the Armenian Church of America. He was also the
beautiful, poetic voice of our people, advocating in a principled and
forceful way for our concerns and aspirations, while embodying the
great Armenian civilization that had bestowed works of profound art
and spirituality on world culture.

I have asked the parishes of the Eastern Diocese to conduct a requiem
service in the Patriarch's memory on Sunday, October 14. Please
consider joining our faithful in prayer at that time.

A biographical sketch ( of Archbishop Torkom
Manoogian's life and ministry and a brief memorial video
( are available on the Diocesan website.

As we mourn his passing, we are consoled in the knowledge that
Archbishop Torkom's gentle soul has found rest and peace in the
welcoming arms of our Risen Lord, whom he loved and served with such
distinction in life.

With prayers,

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian
Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern)
630 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016