New York – Late last month, H.E. Archbishop Khajag Barsamian announced that he would be retiring as Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church in the United States, and by implication, as President of the Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches. On Friday, May 4, 2018, it was announced that SCOOCH secretary Fr. Daniel Findikyan was voted in as Primate Elect by the 116th Diocesan Assembly, and pending the anticipated blessing and confirmation of H.H. Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, would assume the role of Primate of the Diocese. Fr. Daniel’s election was confirmed by H.H. Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians, via letter of blessing.
Both H.E. Archbishop Khajag and Fr. Daniel have played important roles on the Standing Conference over the years, with the former serving as President of the body and the latter as longtime secretary. The Standing Conference of Oriental Orthodox Churches offers its prayers and best wishes for a peaceful retirement to Archbishop Khajag – whose inspired leadership has been a crucial factor in the success of our work – and our sincere congratulations to Fr. Daniel, whose dedication and work ethic has likewise been a blessing to our organization and will surely serve him well in his new role.
Axios! Axios! Axios!
Watch the video below of the enthronement ceremony.