Patriarch Archbishop Nourhan Manougian

His Beatitude Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem

Archbishop Nourhan Manougian (baptismal name Boghos) was born on 24 July 1948 in Aleppo, Syria. He received his primary education in the Haigazian School of Aleppo.

In 1961, he entered the Theological Seminary of Antellias. 

In 1966, he entered the Jarankavoratz Theological Seminary of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

On  July 27, 1968, he was ordained to the diaconate.

In 1971, he was ordained as a celibate priest by then Patriarch of Jerusalem Yeghishe Derderian and was given the priestly name of Nourhan. 

From 1971 to 1972, he was the Vice Dean of the Jarankavoratz Theological Seminary. In 1975 he was the Dean of the Seminary.

From 1970 to 1973, he served as the spiritual pastor of the Armenian Diocese of Switzerland (Geneva).

In 1973, he received the rank of Archimandrite (Vardapet).

From 1974 to 1980, Father Nourhan served as the spiritual pastor of the Armenian communities of Jaffa and Haifa in Israel.

In 1980, upon the invitation of Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, he left for New York, studied at the General Theological Seminary, and graduated in 1983.

In 1994, he served as the spiritual pastor of the St. Gevork Church in Houston (Texas, USA).

In 1998, he was elected as the Grand Sacristan of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem.

On December 14, 1999, he was consecrated as a Bishop by His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of All Armenians. 

In 2000, he was elevated to the rank of Archbishop by the Pontifical Encyclical of His Holiness Karekin II. 

In 2009, His Beatitude Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, appointed Archbishop Nourhan as Patriarchal Vicar. He currently served at the Patriarchate supervising the activities of the Departments of the Patriarchate.

On January 24, 2013, the General Assembly of the St. James Brotherhood of Jerusalem, elected Archbishop Nourhan as the Patriarch of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, following the passing of Patriarch Torkom Manoogian of blessed memory.   On June 4, the consecration service of His Eminence Archbishop Nourhan Manougian, Patriarch of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, was offered in the chapel of St. Jacob.

 On July 23, 2013, His Beatitude Nourhan Manougian was officially recognized as the Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem by the State of Israel.

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