MONTREAL–In an internal reorganization of the Eastern US and Canada Prelacy–a decision was made to establish a separate Prelacy structure in Canada effective January 1–the newly created Canada Prelacy announced Wednesday in an announcement.
The decision to establish a separate prelacy structure was based on the reality that the Armenian community in Canada already has its religious and community organizational bases–and has had a presiding Locum Tenens in that community.
Thus–in April of last year–the Representative Assembly of Canada unanimously voted to establish a separate prelacy structure in that country. This decision was addressed during the Eastern US and Canada National Representative Assembly by delegates representing parishes in Canada.
The decision was conveyed to His Holiness Aram I–Catholicos of the Holy See of Cilicia–who approved the measure on October 14.
The current structures of the prelacy will remain intact–according the announcement–which confirmed that elections for a prelate and an executive council will take place at a later date.
Until the election of a new prelate–Aram I has appointed Catholicosal Locum Tenens Bishop Khajag Hagopian to lead the religious life of the Canadian community–while the existing executive council has been allowed to continue its activities–until an election is scheduled.
On Dec. 22 a special session of the Canada Representative Assembly was convened–which discussed and approved the by-laws for the Canadian Prelacy.