Fr. Daniel Findikyan
V. Rev. Fr. Daniel Findikyan is the Primate and Bishop-Elect of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church, elected in May, 2018. He is a vartabed of the Armenian Church and member of the brotherhood of the Holy See of Etchmiadzin.
Fr. Daniel is Professor of Liturgical Studies at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in Armonk, New York. He earned his doctorate in Liturgical Studies from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, where he studied under Robert Taft. SJ. He previously earned a Master of Arts degree in Musicology from the City University of New York, and the Master of Divinity from St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary and St. Nersess Armenian Seminary.
Fr. Daniel currently serves as President of the Society of Oriental Liturgy and is a member of several other academic and ecumenical organizations. He has been recurring Visiting Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) since 2001 and has lectured throughout the United States, as well as in Armenia, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Sweden, Slovakia and Russia. Fr. Daniel has published numerous articles in scholarly journals and books, and served as the general editor of the Divine Liturgy book that is used throughout the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, and which is about to see its second revised edition. From 2014-2018, Fr. Daniel served as Director of the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center located at the Eastern Diocese in New York.
Fr. Daniel served as visiting pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina from 1998-2005. During his pastorate the mission parish grew into a full-fledged parish and built a sanctuary and hall.
Fr. Daniel is a native of Fort Worth, Texas and a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He enjoys running and spending time with his nephew and three nieces.