Baret Yeretzian

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Noyan Tapan
Armenians Today
Nov 22 2005

JERUSALEM, NOVEMBER 22, NOYAN TAPAN - ARMENIANS TODAY. In his letter dated 25 October 2005, addressed to His Beatitude the Patriarch, Very Reverend Father Baret Yeretzian had expressed his desire to resign from his six-year tenure as Dean of the St. James Seminary and Theological School. Informing about this, the Divan of Patriarchate expressed sorrow that "the occurrence on October 27 disrupted the normal course of the resignation and was misinterpreted in the press as, "the Dean was dismissed."

"Father Baret sought to maintain discipline and order within the Seminary and Theological School, and in the seminarians' participation in religious services," is said in the message.

The Educational Council and the Vice Dean, Father Haigazoun Yeghiayian, are conducting the affairs of the Seminary and Theological School until the appointment of a new Dean by the Holy Synod.

To recap, on October 27 a red-tape took place between a group of students of St. James Seminary of Jerusalem and Dean Father Baret Yeretzian as a consequence of what two students, the Dean and the seminary guard got injuries.

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  • January 7, 2007*

St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church
2215 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
Contact: Dn. Carl Bardakian
Phone: 626-449-1523
Fax: 626-449-7039

Email: stgregory @ <>



It is with great joy that we convey to our faithful the assignment of Very Rev. Fr. Baret Yeretzian as the newly assigned pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church of Pasadena, California, by His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian, Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America. Fr. Baret will celebrate his first Divine Liturgy as pastor at 10:30 AM on Sunday, January 14, 2007. His Eminence Archbishop Hovnan Derderian will formally introduce Very Rev. Fr. Baret Yeretzian to the St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Apostolic Church faithful before the sermon. Upon the conclusion of the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, January 14, the faithful are invited to attend a welcoming reception for Hayr Soorp in Calusdian-Dunians Hall.

Fr. Baret brings a wealth of pastoral experience to his new ministry in Pasadena. A native of Jerusalem, he started serving in the Armenian Church at a young age. Fr. Baret is a graduate of the Armenian Theological Seminary (/Jharankavoratz Varjharan/) of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem. In 1966, he was ordained into the sacred order of priesthood by the late Archbishop Yeghishe Derderian, the former Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem. The late Bishop Guregh Kapikian served as Fr. Baret's /khardavilag /(sponsoring priest of ordination). Fr. Baret is a member of the St. James Brotherhood of Jerusalem.

Fr. Baret has had vast pastoral experience. Upon the invitation of the former Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of America (Eastern), Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, Fr. Baret was accepted into the Eastern Diocese in 1974. He served as assistant pastor of St. John Armenian Church in Southfield, Michigan from 1974 -- 1977. Fr. Baret was pastor of St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Cathedral in Montreal, Canada from 1977 -- 1981, Holy Cross Armenian Church of Lawrence, Massachusetts from 1981 -- 1985, and Sts. Sahag and Mesrob Armenian Church of Providence, Rhode Island from 1985 -- 1993. Fr. Baret returned to Detroit as pastor of St. John Armenian Church from 1993-1998. Fr. Baret served as pastor of St. Kevork Armenian Church of Houston, Texas from 1999 -- 2000.

Fr. Baret served for twelve years as a member of the Diocesan Council of the Eastern Diocese, two of which he was the vice-chairman. He has also served as Vicar General of the New England region of the Eastern Diocese. In 2000, upon the invitation of His Beatitude Archbishop Torkom Manoogian, Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fr. Baret returned to his birthplace to serve as Dean of the Armenian Theological Seminary (/Jharankavoratz Varjharan/) until 2006.

Upon the invitation of the Primate of the Western Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America, Fr. Baret was accepted into the Western Diocese in September, 2006. He served as Director of the Mission Parishes of the Western Diocese and as visiting clergy to the Armenian Church of Arizona.

Fr. Baret holds a Bachelor's degree in political science from the American University of Jerusalem. He also studied for three years at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Biblical Archeology. He completed his graduate courses in political science from Wayne State University of Detroit. Fr. Baret was elevated to the rank of /Dzayrakooyn Vartabed/ in 1982.