JERUSALEM – The 97th Armenian Patriarch of Jerusalem will be elected during a meeting in Jerusalem on January 23 to 25, 2013. The elected Patriarch serves for life.
30 to 32 people, members of the Brotherhood, will vote according to the constitution of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Some members of the Brotherhood serve in the United States serving in the churches and are already in Jerusalem getting ready for the upcoming event.
During the voting, a three-member commission will supervise the elections and there cannot be any fraud.
The Patriarchate locate within a compound which includes. The St. James Church, the Hreshdabedats Church, the Calouste Gulbenkian Library of over 100,000 volumes, half in Armenian and the rest in English, the Edward and Helen Margidian Museum of Armenian Art and Culture housing historical and religious artifacts; and the St. Tarkmanchatz School, a leading co-educational private school and the only one that teaches Arabic, Armenian, English, French, and Hebrew. Rounding out this vast accumulation of treasures of all kinds is the complex of the Theological Seminary of the Patriarchate, located a hundred yards from the entrance of the compound, a gift of the late Armenian-American philanthropists Alex and Marie Manoogian.
The compound of the Convent has a large number of dwellings as well as cultural and sports organizations.
Not to be overlooked is the Patriarchate’s printing press, the first to be established in Jerusalem, which has issued thousand of books.
The first patriarch Abraham served from 638 to 699. The last one, the 96th Patriarch Torkom Manoogian (Feb 16, 1919-Oct. 12, 2012) served from 1990 until his death last year. An erudite clergyman, he had served a Primate of the Eastern Diocese, before being elected Patriarch of Jerusalem.