Apostolic Succession

Apostolic Succession of the Catholicos-Patriarch of Cilicia for Armenian Catholics

Among the Armenians, Catholicos was originally a simple title for the principal bishop of the country who was subordinate to the See of Caesarea in Cappadocia. The bishops of Albania and Georgia, although independent on the Catholicos of Armenia, bore the same title.

The Apostolic Faith reaches Armenia, Bishops strive to uphold the faith there.

1. St. Thaddeus (circ. A.D. 50)
2. St. Bartholomew 50-68
3. St. Zakaria 68-76
4. St. Zementus 76-81
5. St. Atirnerseh 81-97
6. St. Mousche 97-128
7. St. Schahen 128-154)
8. St. Schavarsch (154-175)
9. St. Ghevondius (175-193)
10. St. Mehroujan (230-260)

Armenia is Illuminated and the Armenian Church established.

11. St. Gregory the Illuminator 301-325
12. St. Aristakes I Parthian 325-333
13. St. Vertanes I Parthian 333-341
14. St. Houssik I Parthian 341-347
15. Paren I Aschtischat 348-352
16. St. Nerses I The Great 353-373
17. Sahak I of Manazkert 373-377
18. Zaven I of Manazkert 377-381
19. Aspourakes of Manazkert 381-386
20. St. Sahak I The Great 387-439
21. St. Hovsep I of Hoghotzim 440-452
22. Melitus I of Manazkert 452-456
23. Movses I of Manazkert 456-461
24. St. Gut I of Araheze 461-478
25. St. Hovhannes I Mandakouni 478-490
26. Babken I of Othmous 490-515
27. Samuel I of Ardzke 516-526
28. Mousche I of Ailaberk 526-534
29. Sahak II of Ouhki 534-539
30. Kristapor I of Tiraritch 539-545
31. Ghevont I of Erast 545-548

The Monophysite Schism is formalized: Catholicoi vary for or against Chalcedon

32. Nerses II of Bagrevand 548-557
33. Hovhannes II Gabeghian 557-574
34. Movses II of Eghivart 574-607
35. Abraham I of Aghbatank 607-615
36. Comitas I of Aghtzik 615-628
37. Kristapor II Apahouni 628-630
38. Yezer I of Parajcnakert 630-641
39. Nersess Ill of Ischkhan 641-661
40. Anastasius I of Akori 661-667
41. Israel I of Othmous 667-677
42. Sahak III of Tzorapor 677-703
43. Eghia I of Ardjcsch 703-717
44. St. Hovhannes III of Otzoun 717-728
45. David I of Aramonk 728-741
46. Tirdat I of Othmous 741-764
47. Tirdat II of Dasnavork 764-767
48. Sion I of Bavonk 767-775
49. Yessai I of Eghipatrouschc 775-788
50. Stepanos I of Douinc 788-790
51. Hovab I of Douinc 790-791
52. Soghomon I of Garni 791-792
53. Gueorg I of Oschakan 792-795
54. Hovsep II of Parpi 795-806
55. David II of Gagagh 806-833
56. Hovhannes IV of Ova 833-855
57. Zakaria I of Tzak 855-877
58. Gueorg II of Garni 878-898
59. St. Maschtotz I of Eghivart 898-899
60. Hovhannes V of Draskhonakert 899-931
61. Stepanos II Rischtouni 931-932
62. Theodoros I Rischtouni 932-938
63. Yeghische I Rischtouni 938-943
64. Anania I of Moks 943-967
65. Vahan I Suni 967-969
66. Stepanos III of Sevan 969-971
67. Khatchik I Arscharouni 972-992
68. Sarkis I of Sevan 992-1019
69. Petros I Guetadartz 1019-1054
70. Khatchik II of Ani 1054-1060

Catholical seat moved to Cilicia Union with Rome is re-established

71. Grigor II Vikaiasser 1065-1105
72. Barsegh I of Ani 1105-1113
73. Grigor III Pahlavouni 1113-1166
74. St. Nerses IV Schnorhali 1166-1173
75. Grigor IV Tegha 1173-1193
76. Grigor V Karavege 1193-1194
77. Grigor VI Apirat 1194-1203
78. Hovhannes VI Medzabaro 1203-1221
79. Constantine I of Bartzrberd 1221-1267
80. Hacob I of Kla 1267-1286
81. Constantine II Pronagortz 1286-1289
82. Stepanos IV of Rhomkla 1290-1293
83. Grigor VII of Anavarza 1293-1307
84. Constantine III of Caesarea 1307-1322
85. Constantine IV of Lambron 1322-1326
86. Hacob II of Tarsus 1327-1341
87. Mekhitar I of Grner 1341-1355
88. Mesrob I of Ardaze 1359-1372
89. Constantine V of Sis 1372-1374
90. Poghos I of Sis 1374-1377
91. Theodoros II of Cilicia 1377-1392
92. Karapet I of Keghy 1393-1408
93. Hacob III of Sis 1408-1411
94. Grigor VIII Khantzoghat 1411-1416
95. Poghos II of Garni 1416-1429
96. Constantine VI of Vahka 1429-1439
97. Grigor IX Moussabeguian 1439-1441

The Etchmiadzin Schism: the original succession of Catholicoi continue in Cilicia

98. Grigor I. Moussabeguian 1441-1450
99. Garabed Yevtogatsi 1446-1477
100. Stepanos Saratsortsi 1475-1483
101. Hovhannes I Andiokatsi 1483-1488
102. Hovhannes II Tulgurantsi 1489-1525
103. Hovhannes III Kilistsi 1525-1539
104. Simeon Zeitountsi 1539-1545
105. Ghazar Zeitountsi 1545-1577
106. Toros Sisetsi 1578-1553
107. Khachadour I Chorig 1553-1558
108. Khachadour II Zeitountsi 1560-1584
109. Azaria I Jughayetsi 1584-1601
110. Hovhannes IV Aintabtsi 1602-1621
111. Bedros I Gargaretsi* 1602-1608
112. Minas Gonnetsi 1621-1632
113. Simeon II Sebastiatsi 1633-1648
114. Nerses Sebastiatsi 1648-1654
115. Toros II Sebastiatsi 1654-1657
116. Khachadour III Sebastiatsi 1657-1677
117. Sahak I Meykhaneji 1677-1683
118. Azaria II Gargaretsi 1683-1686
119. Grigor II Adanatsi 1686-1695
120. Asdvadzadour Sasuntsi 1695-1703
121. Madteos Gesaratsi 1703-1705
122. Hovhannes V Hajentsi 1705-1721
123. Grigor III Gesaratsi 1721/2-1729
124. Ghougas Sisetsi Atchabahian 1731-1737

The Renewed Patriarchate: Armenian Catholics choose autonomy to definitively re-unite with Catholic Church

127. Abraham Peter Ardzivian 1737-1749
128. Jacob Peter Hovsepian 1749-1753
129. Michael Peter Kasparian 1753-1780
130. Basil Peter Avkadian 1780-1788
131. Gregory Peter Kupelian 1788-1812
132. Gregory Peter II Djeranian 1812-1841
133. Jacob Peter II Holassian 1841-1843
134. Gregory Peter III Derasdvazadourian 1843-1866
135. Anthony Peter Hassoun 1866-1880
136. Stephen Peter Azarian 1881-1899
137. Paul Peter Emmanuelian 1899-1904
138. Paul Peter II Sabbaghian 1904-1910
139. Paul Peter III Terzian 1910-1931
140. Avedis Peter Arpiarian 1931-1937
141. Gregory Peter IV Aghagianian 1937-1962
142. Ignatius Peter Batanian 1962-1976
143. Hemaiag Peter Guediguian 1976-1982
144. John Peter Kasparian 1982-1999
145. Nerses Peter Tarmouni 1999-Present

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