Kottayam: 26 September 2012: His Eminence Archbishop Aghan Baliozian (66) of the Armenian Orthodox Church, primate of the diocese of Australia and New Zealand entered His eternal rest on September 22nd 2012, in Sydney Australia. Archbishop Baliozian passed away suddenly of a heart attack. His Eminence was 66 years old.
His Eminence Dr. Yakob Mar Irenaios and His Eminence Dr. Yuhanon Mar Diascoros have sent their condolences to the Armenian Apostolic Church on behalf of the Indian Orthodox Syrian Church. Archbishop Aghan Baliozian was a great friend of the Indian Orthodox Church. His Eminence visited India on numerous occasions. His Eminence was a guiding light to the St. Thomas Orthodox Cathedral Sydney, right from its inception. We have been very fortunate to enjoy his hospitality during the visit of late Catholicose H.H. Baselios Mathews II and many other bishops from our Church.
|His Eminence Archbishop Aghan Baliozian with|
Catholicos of the East, His Holiness Baselios
Marthoma Paulose II at a conference India.
His Eminence has been very active in ecumenical activities in Australia. From 1994 to 1997 Archbishop Aghan served as the first president of the National Ecclesiastic Council of Australia. In 2001 His Eminence was elected as the President of the New South Wales Ecumenical Council. He served three terms, and was re-elected to the position.
May God Almighty grant His Eminence a resting place among the great Patriarchs of Christendom.