Archbishop Sevan Gharibian

Archbishop Sevan Gharibian (baptismal name Hovhannes) was born in 1940, in Beirut, Lebanon. He received his primary education at the Abgarian and Roupinian Schools in Beirut.

In 1961, he entered the Jarankavoratz Theological Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and graduated, becoming a member of the Brotherhood of St. James.  

In 1968, he was ordained as a celibate priest, by then Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Archbishop Yeghishe Derderian, and given the priestly name of Sevan. 

In 1972, Father Sevan received the rank of Archimandrite (Vardapet) by then Patriarch Archbishop His Beatitude Yeghishe Derderian.   

In 1988, he received the rank of Senior Archimandrite (Dzayraguyn Vardapet) by Patriarch Torkom Manoogian.

In 1990, he was consecrated as a Bishop by the Catholicos of All Armenians, His Holiness Vasken I, of Blessed Memory, in the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin. 

In 2006, Bishop Sevan was elevated to the rank of Archbishop by the Pontifical Encyclical of His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians. 

Archbishop Sevan held different scholastic and administrative positions at the St. James Monastery. He currently serves as a Dean and Chairman of the Monastery.