Bishop Daniel Findikyan, Primate of the Eastern Diocese

Bishop Daniel Findikyan

A native of Fort Worth, TX, Bishop Daniel Findikyan is a graduate of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in New Rochelle, NY. While studying at the Seminary, Bishop Daniel earned a master’s degree in musicology at City University of New York.

After a year sojourn in Armenia, he studied for five years in Italy. In 1997, he received a doctorate degree in liturgy from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, a renowned institute dedicated to the study of the history, theology, liturgy, and spirituality of the Greek, Russian, Armenian, Syrian, Coptic, and other ancient Eastern churches. Bishop Daniel’s doctoral thesis dealt with the history of the daily services of the Armenian Church, comparing them with the liturgical traditions of other Eastern churches.

Ordained a celibate priest by Archbishop Khajag Barsamian in 1997, Bishop Daniel served as dean of St. Nersess Armenian Seminary until 2012. He has also served as a visiting pastor of the St. Sarkis Church of Charlotte, NC.

He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and served as the general editor of the Divine Liturgy pew book published in 1999, which is used throughout the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America.

Bishop Daniel is a member of several scholarly and ecumenical associations. In November 2012, he was appointed the director of the Eastern Diocese’s Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center. He was also a visiting professor of liturgy at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN, and at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome.

In May 2018, while still a vartabed, Fr. Daniel was elected as the Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America. He was elevated to the rank of bishop by the hand of His Holiness Karekin II, the Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians, on May 12, 2019, in a ceremony at Holy Etchmiadzin in the Republic of Armenia. His consecration as a bishop makes him only the second American-born clergman to attain that rank- and is an occasion for great joy for the faithful of the Diocese he leads.