News > Iranian Armenians > The last anointing service of the departed Prelate of Aderbadagan Bishop Nshan Topouzian
ANTELIAS, Lebanon – On Sunday 02 May 2010 the last anointing service of the Prelate of Aderbadagan (Iran), Bishop Nishan Topouzian, was held at St. James Church in Kanaker (Armenia) during the Holy Liturgy.
The Grand Sacristan of Holy See of Etchmiadzin Bishop Ararat Kaltakjian celebrated the liturgy and the Prelates of Tehran Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian and Isfahan Bishop Papken Tcharian, of the Holy See of Cilicia presided over the final anointing service.
After the liturgy the body of the deceased was transported to Aderbadagan (Iran) for its final rest.
BISHOP NSHAN TOPOUZIAN
Prelate of the Armenian Diocese of Aderbadagan (Iran)
His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, His Eminence Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate of the Eastern United States, and the Cilician Brotherhood announce with immense sorrow the untimely passing of the Prelate of the Diocese of Aderbadagan, Bishop Nshan Topouzian, which took place on Tuesday, April 27, 2010, in Armenia following a brief illness.
May his memory be forever blessed.
Biography of BISHOP NSHAN TOPOUZIAN
Bishop Nshan Topouzian, (baptismal name Ara), was born in 1966 in Lebanon. In 1984, after completing the five-level Jarankavorats (high school) program at the Seminary of the Holy See of Cilicia, he was ordained a deacon. During the next three years he completed the Seminary’s Undzayaran (college) program, and in 1987 he was ordained a celibate priest and renamed Nshan by His Holiness Karekin II, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia, of blessed memory.
In February 1991 he was assigned to Tabriz, Iran, as a visiting priest to the Aderbadagan Diocese. In May of the same year, His Holiness Karekin II appointed him Pontifical Legate of that Diocese. After serving for nearly 11 years, in August 2002 he was elected Prelate of the Aderbadagan Diocese. On June 4, 2006, he was elevated to the rank of Bishop by His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Great House of Cilicia.
Bishop Nshan’s 15-year service to the Aderbadagan Diocese was very productive. With his leadership and effort by the National Representative Assembly and the diocesan council, Tabriz’s four churches and prelacy were totally renovated, the Nareg residences in Tabriz were built, the Ararat Cultural Center was established, and a new church was built in Urmia.
Bishop Nshan played a major role in the renovation and preservation of historical churches and monasteries in Northern Iran, namely St. Tadeh and St. Stepanos Monasteries and the Church at Jorjor.
Bishop Nshan was fluent in Persian and Azeri-Turkish.
His death is a great loss to the Great House of Cilicia, the Aderbadagan Diocese, and for the entire Armenian church and nation.
Source: The website of the Catholicosate of Cilicia