Nourhan Manougian

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His Beatitude Patriarch
Nourhan Manougian
Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem
Church Armenian Apostolic Church
See Apostolic See of St. James in Jerusalem
Elected 24 January 2013 and enthroned on 4 June 2013
Predecessor Torkom Manoogian
Personal details
Born (1948-06-24) 24 June 1948 (age 68)
Aleppo, Syria
Denomination Armenian Apostolic

Patriarch Nourhan Manougian (Armenian: Սրբազան Նուրհան Մանուկեան, Hebrew: נורהאן מנוגיאן‎‎; born 24 June 1948) is the 97th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem serving the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem of the Armenian Apostolic Church. He is the 97th in the succession of Armenian Patriarchs of Jerusalem succeeding Patriarch Torkom Manoogian, who served for 22 years (1990–2012). Manougian was elected as the 97th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem on 24 January 2013.[1]


Patriarch Nourhan Manougian was born on 24 June 1948 in Aleppo, Syria. His baptismal name was Boghos. After completing his primary education at the Haigazian School of Aleppo, he studied at the Theological Seminary of Antelias in Lebanon from 1961. He went to the Jarankavoratz Theological Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem in 1966. He was ordained a deacon in 1968 and in 1971 ordained as celibate priest by Patriarch Yeghishe Derderian.[2]

In 1972, he became Pastor of the Armenian community in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1974, Father Manougian returned to the Middle East and served as the pastor to the Armenian communities of Jaffa and Haifa in Israel. He also taught at the Sts. Tarkmanchatz School in Jerusalem's Armenian Quarter.

In 1979, Father Manougian served the Armenian Community in Almelo, the Netherlands. In 1982 he studied at The General Theological Seminary, upon invitation by the Primate of the Armenian Church of America, Archbishop Torkom Manoogian. Father Manougian graduated in 1985. During his time in America, Father Manougian served as Pastor to communities in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Springfield, Massachusetts, and Houston, Texas.[3]

Patriarchate of Jerusalem[edit]

In 1998, Father Nourhan Manougian was elected as the Grand Sacristan of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem and in 1999 ordained a Bishop. In 2000 he was ordained as Archbishop by Catholicos Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians. In 2009 he became Patriarchal Vicar, supervising the Patriarchate. On 24 January 2013 Archbishop Nourhan Manougian was elected as the 97th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem. On June 4, 2013 he was officially enthroned.

Since his enthronement, His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian has undertaken already several renewing projects, such as renovations of St. James Cathedral; as well as participating in the extensive renovations of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and the Edicule in the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem.

On February 6, 2014, His Beatitude Nourhan Manougian received the Honorary Doctorate of Divinity Degree from the General Theological Seminary in Manhattan, New York.


  1. ^ "Archbishop Nourhan Manougian Elected Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem". Armenian Weekly. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  2. ^ "Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin". The Armenian Church. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  3. ^ "Armenian Church". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
Religious titles
Preceded by
Torkom Manoogian
Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem
Succeeded by