Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem

Posted by jean-paul | Armenian Catholic Church,Catholic Dioceses Holy Land | Thursday 9 March 2017 8:06 am

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Armenian Catholic Patriarchal Exarchate of Jerusalem

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In 1856, Rev. Serope Tavitian came to Jerusalem, probably sent by H.B. Patriarch Grégoire Pierre III Der Asdouazadourian.  At the time, the area on Via Dolorosa where the Third Station is now located was a vacant lot except for the presence of an old Turkish public bath.  Because tradition held that a church had once stood on that site, he became interested in it.  Thanks to the generosity of a distinguished Armenian Catholic, Andon Bey Missirli, he was able to purchase the land.  He became the first Patriarchal Vicar.  The present chapel at the Third Station served as his oratory.  It was blessed by the Latin Patriarch in 1897.

 In 1881, the Vicar at the time, Father Joachim Toumaian who had been appointed in 1877, discovered the mosaic pavement depicting in its center a pair of sandals, thought to represent the spot where Jesus met his Mother (Fourth Station).  A small chapel was erected on El Wad Street to commemorate this event.

The construction of the church marking the Third and Fourth Stations began at the same time as that of the Vicariate.  The latter was finished in 1885 and the church in 1905.  Enlargements followed in 1950 and 1964.

 

Titulars of the Exarchate since 1856 
Rt. Rev. Serovpe Tavitian 1854 – 1865
Sede vacante 1865 – 1872
Rt. Rev. Joachim Toumayan 1872 – 1915
Rt. Rev. Joseph Kalepdjian 1915 – 1918
Sede vacante 1918 – 1921
Rt. Rev. Joseph Momdjian 1921 – 1930
Rt. Rev. Jacques Guiragossian 1930 – 1948
Rt. Rev. Jean Kouyoumdjian 1948 – 1961
Rt. Rev. Jean Gamsaragan 1961 – 1978
Rt. Rev. Joseph Chadarevian 1978 – 1984
Rt. Rev. Joseph Debs 1984 – 1994
Most Rev. André Bédouglian 1994 – 2002
Most Rev. Georges Khazoumian 2002 – 2006
Rt. Rev. Raphael Minassian 2006 – 2011
Rt. Rev. Joseph Kelekian 2011 – 2014
Rt. Rev. GeorgeDankayé (Apost. Administrator) 2014 – 2015
Most Rev. Krikor-Okosdinos Coussa 2015 at present
Address: 36 Via Dolorosa – 3rd and 4th Stations
     P.O.B. 19546
9119401 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 628 42 62
Fax: (02) 627 21 23

Patriarchal Exarch: Most Rev. Krikor-Okosdinos Coussa

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PARISHES:

Jerusalem:  Our Lady of the Spasm
Pastor:       
Address: 36 Via Dolorosa – 3rd and 4th Stations
P.O.B. 19546
9119401 Jerusalem
Tel: (02) 628 42 62
Fax: (02) 627 21 23
Amman, Jebel Ashrafieh:  Our Lady of the Assumption
Pastor:        Rev. Boghos Nahabedian
Address: P.O.B. 10046 – Jebel Ashrafieh
11151 Amman, Jordan
Tel & fax: (06) 477 13 31
Mobile: 079 937 77 66
Email: vahelevon@gmail.com