Bishop Krikor Gabroian Elected Head of Armenian Catholic Church, Catholicos Krikor Bedros V

Newly elected Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church, Bishop Gregory Ghabroyan (Source: Massis Post)

Newly elected Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church, Bishop Gregory Ghabroyan 

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).


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  1. hagop varoujian said:

    Congratulations to my former headmaster of (Mesrobian varjaran) year of my graduation 1960.
    His beatitude was a mere “Vartabed”in those days. You’ve since come a long way “Der Krikor Ghabroyan”! I wish you good heath, wisdom and many years of service to the Armenian catholic church and communities throughout the diaspora and Armenia. The Armenian Catholic church has throughout the years played a very important role in the preservation of our language, heritage and culture. For these commendable achievements it has regretfully received little or no credit or appreciation.