His Holiness Karekin II
The end of the 20th century in the Armenian Church was marked by the enthronement of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians; the 132nd successor to Saint Gregory the Illuminator.
His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, (baptismal name Ktrij) was born on 21 August, 1951 in the village of Voskehat, Armavir region.
He received his elementary education in his native village, and in 1965, he entered the Gevorkyan Theological Seminary in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.
On 26 December 1970, the Feast Day of St. Stephen the proto-martyr was ordained to the Diaconate by His Eminence Archbishop Haykazun Abrahamyan.
On 1971 graduated the Seminary with distinction. Upon graduation he taught New Testament Studies and served as Assistant to the Deana at the Seminary.
On 15 October 1972 he was ordained a celibate priest in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin; by Archbishop Tiran Nersoyan, and given the priestly name of Karekin.
In 1975 he was appointed to serve as apastor of the Armenian community in Germany, while continuing his theological education at the University of Bonn.