Archbishop Kissag Mouradian
Primate of the Armenian Diocese of Argentina and Chile
Archbishop Kissag Mouradian (baptismal name Manuk) was born on November 06, 1951, in Aleppo, Syria. He received his elementary education at the National Seminary of Qamishli, Syria.
In 1963, he entered the St. James Theological Seminary in Jerusalem.
In 1968, he was ordained to the diaconate.
In 1971, he was ordained as a celibate priest by His Eminence Archbishop Yegishe Derderian, the late Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, and given the priestly name of Kissag.
In 1975, he left for Buenos Aires (Argentina) to serve as the spiritual pastor of the St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral, at the same time occupying the position of Deputy Director of the preschool department of the St. Gregory the Illuminator educational institutions.
From 1982 to 1987, he studied at the Kennedy University in Buenos Aires and received a Certificate of Public Relations and Journalism.
On October 07, 1990, in the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, he was ordained and consecrated as a Bishop by His Holiness Vasken I and was appointed to serve as the Primate of the Armenian Dioceses of Argentina and Chile.
In September 1996, Bishop Kissag was elevated to the rank of Archbishop by the Pontifical Encyclical of His Holiness Karekin I.
From 1998 to 2002, he was the Committee Chairman of the Christian Churches in Argentina, and in December 2004, he was re-elected to the same position.
Archbishop Kissag has also numerous theatrical works, the most famous of which is “The Prisoner” performance, which was presented at the Armenian center hall and the El Klopo theatre in Buenos Aires in 1998. He has translated the “Holy Mother of God” by Archimandrite Vatche Ignatosian, the “Ritual Dictionary” by Archbishop Malachia Ormanian, the interpretations of Catholicos Vasken I and Toros Jughaetsi entitled; "Our Liturgy", to Spanish. “The Christian” by Catholicos Papken Guleserian of Antelias, was also published.