Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni

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  • Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni
  • Ներսէս Պետրոս ԺԹ. Թարմունի
Patriarch Catholicos of Cilicia
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Patriarch Nerses, at Chair of Saint Peter, last 11 October 2014.
See Armenian Catholic Patriarchate of Cilicia
Appointed 13 October 1999
Term ended 25 June 2015
Predecessor Hovhannes Bedros XVIII Kasparian
Successor Krikor Bedros XX Gabroyan
Other posts Armenian Bishop of Alexandria
Ordination 15 August 1965
by Raphaël Bayan
Consecration 18 February 1990
by Hovhannes Bedros XVIII Kasparian
Personal details
Birth name Pierre Taza
Born (1940-01-17)17 January 1940
Cairo, Kingdom of Egypt
Died 25 June 2015(2015-06-25) (aged 75)
Beirut, Lebanon
Denomination Armenian Catholic
Residence Lebanon
Parents Elias Taza and Josephine Azouz
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Nerses Bedros XIX (Armenian: Ներսէս Պետրոս ԺԹ. Թարմունի) (17 January 1940 – 25 June 2015) was the patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church.

He was the second son and the fifth of eight children born to Elias Taza and Josephine Azouz. He completed his primary and secondary studies at the College of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Frères des Ecoles Chrétiennes) in Cairo.[1]

He felt a vocation for the priesthood very early in life and thus was sent to the Armenian Leonine Pontifical College in Rome in 1958 where he studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University. His Bishop, Raphaël Bayan ordained him as a priest in Cairo on 15 August 1965.[2] In Heliopolis he was known as Father Pierre Taza.

He served the parish of the Armenian Catholic Cathedral of the Annunciation in Cairo from 1965 to 1968 with the Rev John Kasparian who, in 1982, became Catholicos Patriarch under the name of Hovhannes Bedros XVIII (John Peter XVIII Kasparian). From 1968 to 1990, Pierre Taza was curate of the parish of St Therese of Heliopolis in Cairo.[1]

On 18 February 1990, he was ordained bishop of the Eparchy (Diocese) of Alexandria for Egypt and Sudan by the laying on of hands of Jean Pierre XVIII. From 1992 to 1997, as member of the Catholic Hierarchy of Egypt, he was the General Secretary of the Pastoral Council of the Catholic Church of Egypt.[1]

As a member of the Synod of the Bishops of the Catholic Armenian Patriarch Church, he was:

  • Member of the Council of the three Bishops to direct the Patriarchal Curie from 1993 to 1995
  • President of the Patriarchal Commission for the Vocations from 1993 to 1995
  • Member of the Permanent Synod as of 1994

In October 1999, he was elected by the Bishops of the Holy Synod of the Catholic Armenian Synod, Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics and took the name Nerses Bedros XIX.[1]

He remained in this position until his death on June 25, 2015.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c d Armenian Catholic Church
  2. ^ a b "Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX (Boutros) Tarmouni (Taza)". Catholic Hierarchy. Retrieved June 25, 2015. 

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Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Raphaël Bayan ICPB
Armenian Catholic Bishop of Alexandria
Succeeded by
Kricor-Okosdinos Coussa
Preceded by
Hovhannes Bedros XVIII Kasparian
Patriarch Catholicos of Cilicia
Succeeded by
Krikor Bedros XX Gabroyan