Tehran Prelate Ardag Manougian Passes Away

TEHRAN (Alik)–Prelate of Tehran Archbishop Ardag Manougian died Friday at Tehran’s Iran Mehr Hospital following a 20-day battle with heart congestion. Funeral and burial services for the late Prelate were scheduled to be held in Tehran Tuesday.

On the occasion of the passing of His Eminence Archbishop Manougian–a three-day mourning period was announced. The Prelacy Executive Council announced the creation of an eight-person lay and cleric committee to oversee funeral preparations.

Arch. Manougian ill in Armenia where he was attending the first Diaspora-Armenia Conference last month. He returned to Tehran on Oct. 11 and was transferred to Iran Mehr hospital’s intensive care unit.

Arch Ardak Manougian (nee Mgrdich) was born in Beirut in 1931. After receiving his primary education in Beirut–in 1945 he entered the Cilician Catholicosate Seminary in Antelias–from where he graduated in 1951 and was anointed deacon.

He received a degree in theology from Lyons University in France.

After assuming myriad leadership positions in Catholicosate–he was elected Prelate of Tehran and began his tenure at the young age of 29 on January 1–1960.

In 1961–then bishop Manougian was anointed Archbishop by His Holiness Zareh I–the late Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia.

While the Prelate in Tehran–Arch. Manougian was very active in promoting Armenian national–cultural and religious issues both within and outside the Armenian community.

He authored more than 20 volumes of religious works and was also named as a leader in a committee to mark the 1700th anniversary of Armenia’s adoption of Christianity as a state religion.

Arch. Manougian lead the Tehran prelacy in garnering official rights for the teaching of Armenian religion in the Armenian language and the extension of hours for teaching of the Armenian language.

Being the leader of the largest religious minority in Iran–Arch. Manougian was revered and respected by Iranian religious and political officials. Arch. Manougian’s body was on display over the weekend–at which time hundreds of mourners gathered at St. Sarkis Armenian church to pay their last respects.

A funeral Mass was scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday–with burial services following at noon. Arch. Manougian’s final resting place will be the St. Sarkis Armenian church in Tehran.

His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia announced the death Friday afternoon. His representative Archbishop Yeprem Tabakian and Very Rev. Vruyr Demirdjian will officiate the Mass.

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