Prelate’s Biography

H.G. Bishop Torkom Donoyan was born in 1986, in Beirut, Lebanon. He has received his early education at the Souren Khanamirian School. He was accepted to the Holy See of Cilicia seminary in 1997 and ordained a celibate priest in 2006. In 2010 he defended his thesis “The Anathema within the Armenian Church,” and received the rank of Vartabed.

In 2016, he defended his second thesis “the Armenian Prelacy in Adana,” and received the rank of Dzayrakouyn Vartabed.

From 2006 until 2013, he has been the director of the Christian Education Department in Antelias, Lebanon. From 2010 until 2014, he has been the choir master at St. Gregory the Illuminator Cathedral in Antelias, Lebanon, and has been the choir conductor of both the Catholicosate “Shnorhali” and the Seminary “Armash” choirs. From 2013 until 2015, he has been the editor of the Catholicosate “Hask” monthly newsletter. Also, while conducting the tasks mentioned above, he has also been an educator at the Seminary, Antelias Armenian Studies Center and local schools.

He was the Dean of the Seminary from 2014 to 2016. He has authored many books, pamphlets, articles and has given many speeches to various parishes throughout Lebanon and abroad. He has studied music in Beirut and Yerevan, and received master classes in vocal training in England.

In 2016, he completed comprehensive theological studies, with an emphasis on the rituals and music of the Anglican Church, at St. Michael’s Anglican Seminary in Wales, United Kingdom.

In 2017, by the decision of H.E Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian and the Joint Council, he was appointed as Vicar General of the Western Prelacy.

In 2018, he was ordained as a Bishop by H. H. Aram I, Catholicos.

On Friday, October 16, 2020, the 48th National Representatives Assembly of the Western Prelacy unanimously elected H.G. Bishop Torkom Donoyan as the new Prelate of the Western Prelacy.

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