Armenian Catholic Church

Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni

Catholicos Patriarch of the Armenian Catholics

(17 January 1940 – 25 June 2015).

Հայ Կաթողիկէ եկեղեցին կը գուժէ վախճանումը՝ Ամենապատիւ եւ Գերերջանիկ Տէր Ներսէս - Պետրոս ԺԹ. Կաթողիկոս Պատրիարք Տանն Կիլիկիոյ Կաթողիկէ Հայոց, որ պատահաեցաւ այսօր Հինգշաբթի՝ 25 Յունիս 2015-ին առաւօտեան ժամը 7:00ինՅիշատակն արդարոց, օրհնութեամբ եղեցի»:

This morning 25th of June 2015 at 7.00 am His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni (Taza) Catholicos Patriarch of the Armenian Catholics passed away. May the memory of His Beatitude be eternal!
 

هذا الصباح الواقع 25 حزيران 2015 الساعه السابعة صباحا انتقل الى الاخدار السماوية ابينا غبطة البطريرك نرسيس بيدروس التاسع عشر كاثوليكوس بطريرك الارمن الكاثوليك

فليكن ذكره مؤبدا

His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni (Taza) Catholicos Patriarch of the Armenian Catholics

 
 




WHO BELIEVETH IN ME SHALL NEVER DIE

 

Your eminencies, Your Grace Reverend fathers

Sons and daughters of our community

With great sadness and sorrow with impart to you the sad news of the passing away of

 

His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni

Catholicos and Patriarch of Cilicia for all the Armenian Catholics

His Beatitude parted from this earth to the green heavenly pasture of His maker in the morning of 25th June as a result of a heart failure whilst in Jeitawy Hospital in Beirut.

 

Our Catholicos was born in Cairo on January 17, 1940

He was ordained as a priest in Cairo on august 15, 1965.

He was ordained as Bishop and occupied the chair of Alexandria on February 18, 1990.

He also assumed responsibilities pertaining to priest and the priesthood and he was also a member of the comity to facilitate the administration of the patriarchate.

Elected Catholicos Patriarch of All Armenian Catholics on the 17 October 1999

 

He worked tirelessly in support of all the missions that lived under the soviet rule in Eastern Europe following the collapse of the Soviet Union, and also of having Saint Gregory of Narek declared “Doctor of the Church”.

The internment services will take place in Beirut on Tuesday 30th June 2015 at 4pm

(Lebanon time) at the Cathedrals of St Gregarious and St. Elias for the Armenian Catholics.

Prayers for Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX - Armenian Catholic Church Sydney

 

 

 

You may express your condolences on
Wednesday 1st July 2015
from 6.30 to 9.30 at the Sydney Armenian Catholic Church
5 John Street
Lidcombe.

 

 

 

 

 

 


A mass for the 40th will be held at the above address on
Sunday 2nd August 2015 at 11 AM
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All believers are asked to raise their prayers for the repose of the soul of our beloved Catholicos Nerses Bedros so that he may join the saints in the heavenly kingdom of God. That he may be always remembered.

Fr Basil Sousanian

 

 
His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni (Taza) Catholicos Patriarch of the Armenian Catholics
 
Pope Francis: Deceased Armenian Patriarch of Cilicia was deeply rooted In Christ His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni (Taza) Catholicos Patriarch of the Armenian CatholicsArmenian Catholic Patriarch
Nerses Bedros XIX
dies in Lebanon
Source: Public Radio of Armenia 25 Jun 2015
Vatican FlagTelegram of condolence from the Holy Father for the death of His Beatitude Nersès Tarmouni Bedros XIX, Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians, 25/06/2015. Armenian FlagPresident Sargsyan offers condolences over demise of Catholicos Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX
His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni (Taza) Catholicos Patriarch of the Armenian CatholicsՅաւիտենական Հանգիստ Երջանկայիշատակ Ներսէս Պետրոս ԺԹ. Տանն Կիլիկիոյ Կաթողիկէ Հայոց Կաթողիկոս Պատրիարքին Armenian Catholic ChurchՄԱՀԱԶԴ -  Հինգշաբթի, 25 Յունիս 2015 - Մահազդ երանաշնորհ Հոգեւոր Տիրոջ թաղման
  Հինգշաբթի, 25 Յունիս 2015 - Վախճանում Ամենապատիւ Տէր Ներսէս Պետրոս ԺԹ. Կաթողիկոս Պատրիարքի

 

PRAYER FOR A PARTICULAR SOUL

Lord, hear our prayers;
in Your mercy, bring us to Your place of peace
and light the soul of Your servant
Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX of the house
of Cilicia for the Armenian Catholics.
whom You have summoned from this world.
Call him to be numbered
in the fellowship of Your saints.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.


Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX with Pope Francis during 100 year genocide mass25-June-2015 Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX dies in Lebanon

Armenian Catholic Patriarch of Cilicia Nerses Bedros XIX passed away Thursday after suffering from a heart attack.

The renowned Egyptian patriarch, who resides in Lebanon, is widely known for serving the Armenian community and promoting its interests. The patriarch had visited Armenian communities in Europe, the Middle East and the U.S. to boost Armenian catholic schools.

At his request, the archbishop of Mardine Ignace Maloyan, martyr of the Armenian genocide of 1915, was proclaimed blessed by Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Square in Rome.

The Catholicos Patriarch also sent the first parish priest to Moscow in 2002 in an attempt to begin a new mission among the Armenian Catholics in Russia, following the opening in 1991 of missions inArmenia and Georgia.

Armenian Catholic Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX with Pope Francis during 100 year genocide mass
Bedros XIX was ordained as a priest in Cairo in 1965. He was known to his perish in Heliopolis as Father Pierre Taza.

In 1999, the 75-year-old succeeded Hovhannes Bedros XVIII Kasparian as the Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics and took the name Nerses Bedros XIX after Bishops of the Holy Synod of the Catholic Armenian Synod elected him.

In the same year, the patriarch was enthroned and received the Ecclesiastical Communion from Pope John Paul II.

Photo: Armenian Catholic patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, left, greets Pope Francis at the end of an Armenian-Rite Mass on the occasion of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, in St. Peter's Basilica on April 10, 2015

 

 

 

 
 
 

 

 

Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni
(17 January 1940 – 25 June 2015)

  • He was the second son and the fifth of eight children born to Elias Taza and Josephine Azouz.

  • He completed his primary and secondary studies at the College of the Brothers of the Christian Schools (Frères des Ecoles Chrétiennes) in Cairo.

  • He felt a vocation for the priesthood very early in life and thus was sent to the Armenian Leonine Pontifical College in Rome in 1958 where he studied Philosophy and Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.

  • His Bishop, Raphaël Bayan ordained him as a priest in Cairo on 15 August 1965.

  • In Heliopolis he was known as Father Pierre Taza.

  • He served the parish of the Armenian Catholic Cathedral of the Annunciation in Cairo from 1965 to 1968 with the Rev John Kasparian who, in 1982, became Catholicos Patriarch under the name of Hovhannes Bedros XVIII (John Peter XVIII Kasparian).

  • From 1968 to 1990, Father Pierre Taza was curate of the parish of St Therese of Heliopolis in Cairo.

  • On 18 February 1990, he was ordained bishop of the Eparchy of Alexandria for Egypt and Sudan by the laying on of hands of Jean Pierre XVIII.

  • From 1992 to 1997, as member of the Catholic Hierarchy of Egypt, he was the General Secretary of the Pastoral Council of the Catholic Church of Egypt.

  • As a member of the Synod of the Bishops of the Catholic Armenian Patriarch Church, he was:

    • Member of the Council of the three Bishops to direct the Patriarchal Curie from 1993 to 1995

    • President of the Patriarchal Commission for the Vocations from 1993 to 1995

    • Member of the Permanent Synod as of 1994

  • In October 1999, he was elected by the Bishops of the Holy Synod of the Catholic Armenian Synod, Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia of Armenian Catholics and took the name Nerses Bedros XIX.

  • He remained in this position until his death on June 25, 2015.

   
   

Condolence letter on demise of Catholicos Patriarch

Nerses Bedros XIX

His Holiness Pope Francis

“It is with great sadness that I have learned of the return to the house of the Father of our beloved brother in Christ, His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians. I conserve in my heart the memory of my encounter with him, accompanied by the bishops of the Synod and the faithful of this Patriarchal Church, on the occasion of the commemoration of the victims of the Metz Yegern and the proclamation of St. Gregory of Narek as Doctor of the universal Church. It was as if these events lived in the vicinity of the relics of the apostle St. Peter had marked the long and faithful journey of your 'Caput et Pater', revealing some of his most characteristic aspects.

 

“He was, above all, deeply rooted on the Rock that is Christ. He held that the most valuable treasure that a bishop is called upon to minister to is the faith that comes from apostolic preaching. His Beatitude spared nothing in ensuring its dissemination, especially by promoting the continuing formation of the clergy so that, even in difficult contexts, the ministers of God renew their adhesion to Christ, the sole hope and consolation for humanity.

 

“He dedicated himself to ensuring that the just commemoration of the sufferings of the Armenian people throughout their history become an action of God's grace considering the example of martyrs and witnesses, and at the same time obtained from Him the balm of consolation and reconciliation, which alone may heal the deepest wounds of souls and of peoples.

 

“Patriarch Nerses was finally able to rejoice with the Armenian people at the elevation of St. Gregory of Narek to the luminous title of Doctor of the Church. His Beatitude wished the spiritual influence of this great saint be an example for pastors and faithful, convinced that through St. Gregory of Narek everyone can experience the wonders that the Lord is able to achieve in the heart that opens up to Him in daily simplicity and humility, and in solidarity with the drama of humanity, through ceaseless intercession.

 

“Invited to perpetuate this triple heritage left to us by Patriarch Nerses, we implore the Holy Spirit to continue to renew the face of the Armenian Catholic Church, through the commitment of pastors and faithful, and we also entrust to the Father of all Mercy the labours, linked to the limits and weaknesses of the condition of the pilgrims on their way to the eternal homeland”.

 

His Holiness Karekin II, Supreme Patriarch and Catholicos of All Armenians

On behalf of the members of the Brotherhood of Holy Etchmiadzin and the Supreme Spiritual Council, His Holiness conveyed his deepest sympathies and condolences to Pope Francis, the clergy of the Armenian Catholic Church and the faithful.

 

The Armenian Pontiff emphasized the dedicated service of the late Patriarch in the life of the Armenian Catholic Church, for the effectiveness of the Holy Church of Christ’s mission and preservation and appreciation of spiritual heritage.

 

His Holiness prayed that the Lord receive the soul of the late Patriarch in the Heavenly Heights and grant consolation and comfort of the Holy Spirit to the Brotherhood and the faithful of the Armenian Catholic Church.

 

 

Serzh Sargsyan President of The Republic of Armenian

It was with deep sorrow that I learned of the passing away of Catholicos Patriarch Nerses Bedros XIX of Cilicia.

 

Being an energetic and prestigious clergyman, for many years he played a major role in the preservation of national identity, the reinvigoration of spiritual and cultural life, as well as in developing and deepening close ties between the motherland and the diaspora.

As a member of the State Commission on Coordination of the Events for the Commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, the catholicos patriarch brought his valuable and effective input into the commission’s activities.

 

I express my deepest sympathy for the demise of the eminent spiritual leader and the merited Armenian,” reads the RA president’s condolence letter.

Bako Sahakyan President of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic

On 25 June Artsakh Republic President Bako Sahakyan sent a condolence letter in connection with the death of Catholicos Patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church Nerses Petros XIX. The letter runs as follows:
 

"I have learnt with deep sorrow about the death of Catholicos Patriarch of the Armenian Catholic Church Nerses Petros XIX.
 

The deceased Patriarch had a substantial input in solving national issues, strengthening the Motherland-Diaspora ties, maintaining the Armenian national identity and developing inter-church dialogue.
 

On behalf of the Artsakh people, authorities and personally myself I express my condolences on this irretrievable loss. The memory of Patriarch Nerses Petros XIX Tarmouni will always remain bright in the hearts of our faithful people."


 

40th Mass on Sunday 2nd August 2015

Bishop Robert Rabbat bishop of the Melkite Catholic Church in Australia and New Zealand with Fr Fadi SALAME in commemorating his Beatitude 40th

 


 

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