LA CRESCENTA, CA—The Western Prelacy has announced that by the ordinance of His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, Very Rev. Father Vaghinag Meloian, a member of the Cilician Brotherhood, has been called to serve at the Western Prelacy.
Given the ever-expanding activities of the Prelacy and the need for young clergy members, Western Prelate Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and Councils had asked His Holiness to appoint a third clergy member to serve alongside Very Rev. Fathers Muron Aznikian and Barthev Gulumian.
Very Rev. Fr. Vaghinag Meloian arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday, July 7 and he will soon begin his service at St. Gregory Church in San Francisco, alongside Rev. Fr. Avedis Torossian.
Father Vaghinag was born in Kamishli, Syria, where he received his primary education. He was enrolled at the Seminary of the Catholicosate in 1986 and ordained a celibate priest in 1994 by the late Archbishop Mesrob Ashjian. Father Vaghinag has served in the Christian Education Department of the Catholicosate of Cilicia, was vice-sacristan of the Mother Cathedral in Antelias, and the spiritual counselor of the Birds’ Nest Orphanage, as well as the Armenian Aging Home and Sanatorium.
From 2001 to 2003, Father Vaghinag served at the Eastern Prelacy during which time he attended the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. In 2003, he was elevated to his current rank.
In 2006, he was assigned director of the priesthood training department at the Catholicosate. He has published 12 books on Biblical themes.
By the ordinance of the Prelate, Father Vaghinag will be celebrating Divine Liturgy for the first time within the Prelacy on Sunday, July 12th, at St. Garabed Church in Hollywood.
The Prelacy welcomes Very Rev. Father Vaghinag and wish him a successful tenure at the Western Prelacy.