BEIRUT (Combined Sources)—Bishop Krikor Gabroian, Emeritus Bishop of the Eparchy of France, has been elected as the new Catholicos of the Armenian Catholic Church. The new Catholicos has assumed the name Gregoire Pierre XX.
The celebration of the new Catholicos’s installation will take place on August 9 in Lebanon. It will carry the title of “Catholicos-Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians”. The Armenian Catholic patriarchal headquarters are located in the convent of Bzommar, Lebanon and his residence is in Beirut.
Krikor Gabroian was born on November 15, 1934 in Aleppo, Syria. He was ordained a priest in March, 1959, and later consecrated as a bishop in February, 1977.
His Beatitude Gabroian studied at the Minor Seminary of the Institute of Bzommar Patriarchal clergy and then at the College of the Marist Brothers of Jounieh in Lebanon. Grabroyan also studied at the Armenian Leone Pontifical College in Rome and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome
Gabroian has held the positions of School Director at St. Mesrob Bourj Hammoud (1960-1969), rector of the minor seminary of Bzommar (1969-1976), General Treasurer of the Institute of the patriarchal clergy of Bzommar (1976), the Armenian Apostolic Exarch of France (1977-1986), and Eparch of the same diocese (1986-2013).