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St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church

Our History
Weekly Bulletin
Calendar of Events
Loosavorich Newsletter
Armenian Church Websites
Guidelines for Sacraments
Contact Us
Our History
Our Pastor
Sunday School
Our Creed
Armenian Fest

Here we will tell the story of the beginnings of our church and how we became what we are today.


St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church
6700 West Diversey Avenue
Chicago, IL 60707
Metro Area: Chicago, IL
Telephone: (773) 637-1711
Fax: (773) 637-5592
Pastor: V. Rev. Fr. Aren Jebejian 
Established: 1915
Consecrated: October 4, 1964

Sanctuary: The parish owns its permanent sanctuary, which is not the original one. The previous building was at 1000 N. Hoyne Ave, in Chicago, from 1922-64
Important Events: The 50th anniversary of the parish was celebrated in 1976. The parish served as host to the 40th Annual Choir Assembly in 1986 and the 91st Diocesan Assembly in 1993.
Diocesan Clergy Grows with New Priest Ordinations, New Pastor Assignments

Armenians in general area: 9,000
Estimated number of members: 507
Dues-paid members: 116
Average number of sacraments:
Baptisms: 6
Weddings: 3
Funerals: 4
(Figures from 2001)
V. Rev. Fr. Vahram Nazaretian, 1915-18; Rev. Fr. Yeghishe Laichenjian, 1918-25; Rev. Fr. Vahan Guldalian, 1925-38; V. Rev. Fr. Skon Hagopian, 1940-41; V. Rev. Fr. Vahram Nazaretian, 1943-53; Rev. Fr. Dikran Khoian, 1953; Rev. Fr. Vertanes Papazian, 1954-58; Rev. Fr. Nerses Baboorian, 1960-62; Dn. Hovhannes Kasparian, 1962-64; V. Rev. Fr. Vahrij Kazandjian, 1964-66; Rev. Fr. Sarkis Kashikjian, 1966-73; V. Rev. Fr. Varoujan Dz. V. Kabaradjian (visiting) 1973-78; V. Rev. Fr. Jirayr Tashjian, 1973-78; Rev. Fr. Vahram A. Hazarian, 1983-90; Rev. Archpriest Haik Donikian (visiting), 1991-94; V. Rev. Fr. Paren Dz. V. Avedikian, 1994-96; Rev. Archpriest Haik Donikian (visiting), 1996-97; Very Rev Fr  Aren Jebejian, 1998-Present
Parish Council 
Arnold Koresian, Chairman
George Nahabedian, Vice Chairman
Hosep Utas, Secretary
Arden K. Karian, Treasurer
Mathew Klujian Jr., Assistant Treasurer
Council Members: Levon Demerdjian, Charles Demirjian
Delegate: George Nahabedian 

Church Schools
Sunday School: 19 students
Church Publications
Loosavorich published bi-monthly
Parish Organizations
Women's Guild founded in 1958, 12 members; ACYOA Juniors, 6 members; Choir, 17 members; Bible Study, 7 members; Cultural Committee, 2 members

St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church-
6700 W Diversey Chicago IL 60707