His Eminence Archbishop Haigazoun Najarian
Primate of the Diocese of the Armenian Church of Australia and New Zealand
Archbishop Najarian was born in Aleppo, Syria. He entered the Gevorkian Theological Seminary at the Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin in 1967 and was ordained to the diaconate in 1973. He continued his higher education at the St Augustine of Canterbury School in England where he studied Pastoral Theology. He was ordained a celibate priest in 1975 at the St. Sarkis Church in London. He continued his education at the King’s College in London and graduated in 1978 when he received a Bachelors Degree in Theology (BD). He continued his studies at the St Andrews School in Scotland and served as the Spiritual Pastor of the St Peter Church in London from 1979-81.
Returning to Armenia in 1981 he served as the Assistant Dean and Professor of New Testament and History of the Universal Church at the Gevorkian Theological Seminary until 1986.
By the order of His Holiness Vasken I of blessed memory he was appointed to serve as the Vicar General for the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of North America and served in that position from 1986-1988. He continued to serve in the Diocese as the spiritual pastor of the Church of St Stepanos in New Jersey and in 1991 returned to the Diocesan headquarters in New York and was reappointed the Vicar General until 1995. While serving in New York, he entered the University of Columbia in 1992 and graduated in 1993, receiving a Masters Degree (MA) in History.
From 1995 to 1999 by the Order of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, he returned to Armenia and served as the Dean of the Gevorkian Theological Seminary and as Professor of New Testament of the Seminary.
He returned to the United States in 2000, served as the spiritual pastor of the St Sarkis Armenian Church of Dallas until 2002 and pastor of the St Sahak and St Mesrop Church in Philadelphia until 2007. He concurrently served as the Vicar General of the Eastern Diocese, ending his service as Vicar General in 2010.
He moved to Sweden in 2010 and by Pontifical Order of His Holiness Karekin II served as Pontifical Legate of Central Europe and Sweden until December 2012.
On 6 November, 2011 he was consecrated as a Bishop by His Holiness Karekin II in the Mother Cathedral of Holy Etchmiadzin.
By the Pontifical Order of His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, in December 2012 Bishop Najarian was appointed the Primate of the Diocese of Australia and New Zealand.
On 3 February 2019, His Holiness Karekin II bestowed upon him the rank and title of Archbishop during the Pontifical Visit to Australia on the occasion of the opening of the new Diocesan Centre.