Our Church


Established in the heart of Old Armenian Town in downtown Fresno, California, the Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church is a focal point of American – Armenian community life.

Holy Trinity Church is part of the Universal Armenian Apostolic Church that was founded by the Apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, St. Thaddeus and St. Bartholomew. The Nicene Creed along with the traditional Christian-Armenian Faith are the Foundation of the Armenian Church. 

In Fresno, the first Divine Liturgy – the Holy Badarak was offered in 1895. In 1900, the Church became the first Armenian Apostolic Church registered in the Western Hemisphere. The sanctuary was rebuilt in 1914, and is on the National Register of the Historic Places.

His Holiness Aram I, Catholicos of the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia is the spiritual head of  a number of worldwide diocese.  The Great House of Cilicia is located in Antelias, Lebanon.  In the United States, the Western Prelacy has jurisdiction over Armenian churches. 

These churches were established during the past 100 years.  The Holy Trinity Armenian Church is the second Armenian church established in the United States.  Within the Western Prelacy, headed by His Eminence, Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate, Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Mother Church is one of the two churches.

Dioceses in the Holy See of the Great House of Cilicia

  • Western Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America
    (Archbishop Moushegh Mardirossian, Prelate)
  • Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America
    (Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan, Prelate)
  • Armenian Prelacy of Canada (Archbishop Khajag Hagopian, Prelate)
  • Diocese of Aleppo, Syria (Bishop Shahan Sarkissian, Prelate)
  • Diocese of Damascus, Syria (Bishop Shahan Sarkissian, Prelate)
  • Diocese of Lebanon (Bishop Kegham Khacerian, Prelate)
  • Diocese of Cyprus (Archbishop Varoujan Herkelian, Catholicosal Vicar)
  • Diocese of Greece (Very Rev. Khoren Doghramadjian, Prelate)
  • Diocese of Tehran, Iran (Archbishop Sebouh Sarkissian, Prelate)
  • Diocese of New Julfa, Iran (Very Rev. Papken Charian, Locum Tenens)
  • Diocese of Tabriz, Iran (Very Rev. Neshan Topoozian, Prelate)
  • Diocese of Kuwait  (Archbishop Shahe Panossian, Catholicosal Vical)

Churches in the Western Prelacy

  • Fresno – Holy Trinity Armenian Apostolic Church
    (Very Rev. Fr. Dajad Ashekian, Pastor)
  • Hollywood – St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church
    (Rev. Vicken Vassilian, Pastor)
  • Montebello – Holy Cross Armenian Apostoilc Cathedral
    (Rev. Nareg Pehlivanian, Pastor, Rev. Ashod Kambourian, Pastor)
  • Encino – Holy Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church
    (Rev. Razmig Khatchadourian, Pastor)
  • Glendale – St. Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church
    (Rev. Vazken Atmajian, Pastor, Rev. Ardag Demirjian, Pastor Rev. Gomidas Torossian, Pastor)
  • Pasadena – St. Sarkis Armenian Apostolic Church
    (Rev. Khoren Babochian, Pastor)
  • San Francisco – St. Gregory Armenian Apostolic Church
    (Rev. Avedis Torossian, Pastor)
  • Orange County – Forty Martyrs Armenian Apostolic Church
    (Karekin Bedourian, Pastor)
  • The Armenian Apostolic Church of Colorado and Rocky Mountains
    (Visiting Clergy)
  • North Hollywood – Armenian Apostolic Church of North Hollywood
    (Very Rev. Fr. Muron Aznikian, Pastor)
  • La Crescenta- Armenian Apostolic Church of Crescenta Valley
    (Fr. Ghevont Kirazian, Pastor)
  • Las Vegas – St. Garabed Armenian Apostolic Church
    (Fr. Avedis Torosian, Pastor)

More information on the Great House of Cilicia may be obtained at http://www.cathcil.org/