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Fr. Arshen Aivazian

Fr. Arshen Aivazian is an Armenian Orthodox priest. He served in parishes on the East Coast before his move to Fresno in 2000 where he serves as pastor of St. Paul Armenian Church. A former Dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, NY, Fr. Arshen graduated from St. James Armenian Seminary in Jerusalem where he was ordained to the priesthood in 1965. He came to the United States in 1970 and studied at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY and received his M. Div. degree in 1974. He completed his doctoral coursework in liturgical studies at Fordham University. He has published numerous articles and has translated many of the liturgies of the Armenian Orthodox Church into English. His translation of homilies and essays by clergy victims and survivors of the Armenian Genocide was published by St. Nersess Seminary Press in 2008.

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