Fr. Hrant Kevorkian
Rev. Fr. Hrant Kevorkian (baptismal name Sebouh) was born in Anjar, Lebanon in 1986 and has
served in the Armenian Church since his early childhood. After graduating from
high school, he studied at Lebanese University for two years prior to his
acceptance into the Theological Seminary of the Holy See of Cilicia, where he
successfully completed the three-year special program for the married
priesthood. He also completed one year of graduate studies in pastoral theology
at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut. A talented musician, Der Hrant
was an active member of Shnorhali choir (the official choir of the Holy See of
Cilicia) and the Gomidas Chorus in Anjar. He also took special music courses
from his conductors, in order to serve as the director of the Gakavig
Children’s Chorus and Harach Youth Chorale, both in Anjar.
He was also a teacher in the Sunday School for many
years, and between 2007 and 2010 he was in charge of the Shoushanian
Sunday School in Anjar.
Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Eastern
Prelacy recruited him as a candidate for the priesthood and the Prelacy
sponsored both his education at the Seminary and his graduate studies. In May
of 2008, he was ordained a sub deacon by His Eminence Archbishop Gomidas
Ohanian, the Grand Sacristan of the Cathedral of St. Gregory the Illuminator of
the Holy See of Cilicia, Antelias, Lebanon. The following year, His Grace Bishop
Shahan Sarkissian, Prelate of the Diocese of Aleppo, ordained him to the
In 2010, Deacon Sebouh was married to Tamar Kuesbegian
after which his ordination to the married priesthood took place on September 26,
2010, at Sourp Boghos Church in Anjar, Lebanon. The Divine Liturgy and
Ordination were performed by His Eminence Archbishop Gomidas Ohanian, The newly
ordained priest was renamed Der Hrant, in honor of the late Archbishop Hrant
Khatchadourian, the first Prelate of the Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic
Church of America. Present at the ordination was Dr. Vazken Ghougassian,
Executive Director of the Eastern Prelacy, who on behalf of the Prelacy, served
as the Godfather of the new priest.
After his arrival to the United States, Fr. Hrant served as a pastoral intern
at St. Stephen's Parish in Watertown, Massachusetts and as an outreach priest
to the parishes of the Eastern Prelacy for six months.
Prior to his assignment at St. Sarkis Armenian
Apostolic Church in August 2012, Fr. Hrant served as Pastor at St. Hagop
Armenian Apostolic Church in Racine, Wisconsin and St. Paul Armenian Apostolic
Church in Waukegan, Illinois for eight months.
In 2015, he was awarded the right to wear a Pectoral
Cross by His Holiness Aram I catholicose of the Holy See of Cilicia.
Currently he is enrolled in a Masters of Art in
Pastoral Care degree program at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard
Rev. Fr. Hrant and Yn. Tamar Kevorkian are blessed
with two children, their son Nareg Sebouh Kevorkian and daughter Lori Aleek