Rev. Fr. Torkom Chorbajian (baptismal name Murad), was born in Aleppo in 1990 and baptized at the St. Krikor the Illuminator Church in Aleppo. He grew up in Aleppo serving the church at an early age as an altar boy, acolyte, and choir member. He was admitted to the Theological Seminary of the Armenian Catholicosate of Cilicia where he enrolled in and completed the seven-year program studying Church History, Old and New Testaments, Liturgy, Pastoral Theology, and Church Music. During this time he also completed graduate courses in Biblical and pastoral studies at the Near East School of Theology in Beirut. Following his graduation from the Theological Seminary in 2013 he married Shogher Proudian and was ordained to the Holy Priesthood by Archbishop Nareg Alemezian at St. Asdvadzadzin Church of Nor Adana, Lebanon, and named Torkom.
Soon thereafter Der Hayr and Yeretzgin were called to serve in the United States at St. Gregory the Illuminator Church in Granite City, Illinois, where they raised their family amongst the small but strong and vibrant community. In 2018, he received the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree (M.A.P.S.) from Aquinas Institute of Theology.
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