Bishop Daniel Findikyan
Professor of Liturgical Studies
A native of Fort Worth, Texas (USA), Bishop (Michael) Daniel Findikyan is Primate of the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America and Professor of Liturgical Studies at St. Nersess Armenian Seminary in Armonk, New York. Prior to his election as Primate in May 2018 he served as Director of the Krikor and Clara Zohrab Information Center of the Diocese of the Armenian Church (Eastern), New York.
Bishop Daniel is a member of the brotherhood of the Holy See of Etchmiadzin. He earned his doctorate in Liturgical Studies from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome, where he studied under the late Robert F. Taft. S.J. He previously earned the 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.
Having published numerous articles in scholarly journals and books, Bishop Daniel served as the general editor of an innovative and acclaimed Divine Liturgy "pew book," used throughout the Eastern Diocese of the Armenian Church of America, and has served as a model for similar liturgical books in other churches and jurisdictions.
Bishop Daniel is a founding member of the Society of Oriental Liturgy and served as its President from 2016-2018. He is a member of several other academic and ecumenical organizations. He was Visiting Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) from 2001-2014 and has lectured throughout the United States, as well as in Armenia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Lebanon, Russia, Slovakia, and Sweden.
Bishop Daniel is a founding member of the Fellowship of St. Voski and regularly contributes essays to its flagship publication, The Treasury.
From 1998-2005 Bishop Daniel served as visiting pastor of St. Sarkis Armenian Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. During his pastorate the mission parish grew into a full-fledged parish.
Within the framework of the historical development, distinctive features and theology of the worship traditions of the Christian East, Professor Findikyan's research focuses on various aspects of the Armenian Rite including, in particular, its mystagogical tradition, sacraments, hymnography and Hagiopolite pedigree.
As he continues his research on Great Lent in the Armenian Church, Bishop Findikyan is currently engaged in various translation projects, including a medieval Armenian penitential work attributed to St Ephrem the Syrian entitled, An Appeal to Repentance [Յորդորակ Ապաշխարութեան], which is nearing completion.
Bishop Daniel Findikyan