VENICE–The oldest member of the Venice Mekhitarist Catholic order–former Abbot General and Patriarch–Bishop Hmayak Gedikian passed away at 5:30 a.m. in Rome.
Born in 1905 in Trabizon–Bishop Gedikian was ordained a priest in 1921–after being saved by a family during the Genocide and later attending the Mekhitarist Seminary in Istanbul.
In 1964 he was elected Abbot General of the Mekhitarist order. In 1971–he was ordained a bishop.
In July of 1976 he was named Patriarch and served that position until 1982–following which he retired and moved to Rome.
Bishop Gedikian was an influential figure at the Mekhitarist order. He authored numerous books and was an expert in church constitutional matters. He also translated numerous religious texts from Latin to Armenia. He leaves behind a vast collection of unpublished works.