He had served the Armenian church in the US before being called back to Jerusalem. He was elected Grand Sacristan soon after arriving.
The position of Grand Sacristan ranks as the second most important in the Jerusalem church.
Before his death, the previous patriarch, Torkom Manoogian had appointed Nourhan his Patriarchal Vicar. This type of appointment is rarely invoked in the annals of the Patriarchate and greatly expanded his responsibilities. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day running of Grand Sacristan, he had to keep a keen eye on the operations of the various Patriarchate enterprises, among them, the parish school and seminary, the printing press, the Gulbenkian library, the Mardigian museum.
Nourhan Manoogian Elected Jerusalem Patriarch
JERUSALEM—Archbishop Nourhan Manoogian, the current Grand Sacristan of the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, was elected the 97th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem after a two-day Conclave.
Manoogian was elected with 17 votes, while another cleric, Archbishop Aris Shirvanian, who was serving as interim Patriarch, received 15 votes
Manoogian, was born in Aleppo, Syria in 1948 and was ordained in Jerusalem in 1971.
The new patriarch will lead the small Armenian Orthodox communities in Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan, as well as take responsibility for parts of holy sites including the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
His election must be approved by Israel and the Jordanian king.
Manoogian ascends to the throne of St James, as the Jerusalem Patriarchate is known, at one of the most crucial interludes in the chronicles of Jerusalem, the immortal, walled city that is surrounded by the treacherous moat of political machinations, tenuous security and economic uncertainty.
The new Patriarch replaces Archbishop Torkom Manoogian (no relation) who passed away in October.
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