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About the Director

2013-06 frdaniel1V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan was appointed Director of the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center in November, 2012. A native of Fort Worth, Texas, Fr. Findikyan was graduated from the State University of New York (Binghamton University) with a double major in Chemistry and Music. He continued his studies at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary and St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, earning the Master of Divinity in 1989. One year later he completed an M.A. in Musicology at the City University of New York. Following a year of study in Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia, Fr. Findikyan moved to Rome, Italy, where he earned his doctorate at the Pontifical Oriental Institute under the direction of the renowned expert in liturgy, Robert F. Taft, S.J. His thesis was a critical edition, translation and liturgiological analysis of the Commentary on the Daily Services of the Armenian Church by Bishop Step’anos Siwnets’i (d. 735).

Ordained a priest in 1997, Fr. Findikyan was appointed to the faculty of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary (New Rochelle, NY), where he taught courses in liturgical theology, practice and music. In 2000 he was appointed Dean and served in that office until coming to the Zohrab Center.

A member of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin, Fr. Findikyan was elevated to the rank of Vartabed (doctor of the church) in 2006 defending a thesis on the ancient Armenian ceremony for the dedication of a church.

Fr. Findikyan serves as Professor of Liturgical Studies at St. Nersess Seminary, Sessional Professor of Armenian Studies at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, and recurring Professor of Liturgical Studies at the University of Notre Dame. He has lectured nationally and internationally and has published extensively in the area of Armenian liturgical history, theology and interpretation. Click here for a bibliography of his published writings.

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