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Bishop Houssig Bagdasian (Armenian Church ) passes away, Funeral on Aug 10

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  • Thomas Daniel
    http://www.armeniandiocese.org/news/index.php FUNERAL SERVICES FOR BISHOP BAGDASIAN TO BE HELD AUGUST 10 Longtime Armenian Church leader, Rt. Rev. Bishop
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 30, 2004


      Longtime Armenian Church leader, Rt. Rev. Bishop Houssig Bagdasian
      passed away on Tuesday, July 27, 2004.

      A wake will be held at the St. Mary Church in Livingston, NJ, on
      Sunday, August 1, 2004 with viewing from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 and the
      wake service at 7 p.m.

      The Divine Liturgy and last anointment, presided over by Archbishop
      Khajag Barsamian, Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of
      America (Eastern), will be held at the St. Mary Church at 10 a.m. on
      Tuesday, August 2, 2004.

      A hokejash will follow. The St. Mary Church is located at 200 W. Mt.
      Pleasant Ave. in Livingston, NJ.

      Bishop Bagdasian will be buried in Providence, RI, where he was born
      in 1934.

      "His entire life was devoted to serving our church and our people,"
      Archbishop Barsamian said. "As a pastor, his flock always held a
      special space in his heart. He left his mark by planting the seeds of
      leadership in people who lead our church today and the others who
      will in coming years."


      A graduate of the Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem,
      Bishop Bagdasian was ordained a priest in 1959. In 1960 he was
      appointed Patriarchal Vicar of Israel, and was responsible for the
      Armenian community in Israel as well as the properties of the
      Armenian Patriarchate.

      During his 11 years of service in the Holy Land, Bishop Bagdasian
      helped renovate several Armenian churches, including St. Nicholas in
      Jaffa, St. Elijah in Haifa, and St. Krikor Loosavorich in Jerusalem.

      Returning to the United States in 1971, he was assigned to the St.
      Mary Church, then in Irvington, NJ. He led the church in its move to
      Livingston in 1974. After the church was destroyed by fire in 1980,
      Bishop Bagdasian's leadership was key in helping the parish faithful
      pull together to rebuild the church, which was consecrated in March

      His service to the Diocese was not limited to the St. Mary parish. He
      was appointed Vicar General of the Diocese and headed the Diocesan
      Finance Committee. He had also served as a member of the Diocesan
      Council. And he was dedicated to the Armenian homeland, leading a
      group of 26 ACYOA members to the region devastated by the 1988
      earthquake to help with reconstruction efforts.

      Upon the recommendation of His Beatitude Patriarch Torkom Manoogian,
      Bishop Bagdasian was consecrated a bishop in Armenia in September
      1992 by His Holiness Vazken I, the late Supreme Patriarch and
      Catholicos of All Armenians.

      "He was a great leader, a dedicated pastor, and above all else, a
      kind friend to so many," Archbishop Barsamian said. "His dedication
      to the faith he was called to serve was strong, as was his love for
      his flock. He will surely be missed in Livingston, throughout the
      Diocese, and in the worldwide Armenian Church family."

      In HIS Love
      Thomas Daniel (Reji)
      St. George Jacobite Syrian Orthodox Church
      Cheppaud, Alleppyn Dist, Kerala, Inida
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