ARCHBISHOP GEVORG SURENYANTS TPKHISETSI

10 1894-1904 (Years of Leadership)

Archbishop Gevorg Surenyants Tpkhisetsi was born on August 28, 1847 in Tbilisi (Armenian Soviet Encyclopedia, v. 3, p. 19).

In 1872, he received the rank of Archimandrite.

In 1874, Archbishop Gevorg Surenyants Tpkhisetsi was invited to serve as a lecturer in the Gevorkian Theological Seminary of the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin.  

In 1875, Archbishop Gevorg Surenyants Tpkhisetsi was appointed to serve as the Head of the Diocese of Karabakh and manager of the schools.

In 1878, Archbishop Gevorg Surenyants Tpkhisetsi was appointed to serve as the Head of the Diocese in Aleksandropol, Armenia. He built the Surb Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) Church in Aleksandropol, Armenia.

In 1882, he was consecrated as a Bishop.

In 1886, Archbishop Gevorg Surenyants Tpkhisetsi moved to Astrakhan to serve as the Head of the Diocese. Then, for ten years, from 1894 to 1904, he led the position of the Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Holy Church in Georgia.  

In 1907, Archbishop Gevorg Surenyants Tpkhisetsi was elected as the Locum Tenens of the Catholicos of All Armenians.

In 1912, he was elected and consecrated as Gevorg V Surenyants Tpkhisetsi, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians.

During the years of his service, Armenia was passing through a difficult era of political turmoil. For this significant reason, he signed His Pontifical Encyclicals as the “Mournful Catholicos”. According to His Pontifical Encyclicals № 349, on January 1, 1924 the Armenian Church officially accepted the new calendar. However, some exception was made for the Armenian Churches in Orthodox countries such as Greece, Russia etc. and they were allowed to follow the old calendar as well.

Gevorg V Surenyants Tpkhisetsi, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, died on May 8, 1930 at the Mother See of Holy Etchmidzin and was buried near the bell tower of the Mother Cathedral of the Mother See of Holy Etchmidzin.

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