Rev. Fr. Aved Terzian
87 Salisbury St.
Worcester, MA 01609
Phone: (508) 756-2931
Fax: (508) 752-1239
Fr. Aved was born in Istanbul, Turkey, where he attended primary and secondary schools. At age 14, he left Istanbul for Jerusalem, where he enrolled in the St. James Armenian Monastery, graduating in 1974. In 1975, he came to the United States to continue his education at Concordia College in Westchester, NY. In conjunction with his courses at Condordia, Fr. Aved enrolled as a part-time, undergraduate student at St. Vladimir's Orthodox Seminary. During his college years, he was assigned to the then-Armenian Church of Westchester. He served that parish as Sunday School superintendent, Armenian School teacher, and on the altar.
Upon his graduation from Concordia College in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in psychology and sociology, Fr. Aved enrolled in the General Theological Seminary in New York City, where he studied for a Master of Divinity degree. That same year he was named deacon-in-charge of the Armenian Church of Northern Westchester, where he conducted Sunday morning worship services and assisted in youth programs.
During that time, he was appointed director of the Avak Group (for senior citizens) at St. Vartan Cathedral. He regularly spent Sunday mornings at the cathedral, serving as deacon, and participated in the cathedral's chaplaincy program until his graduation from seminary and reassignment in 1982.
During the weekend of July 21 and 22 in 1984, Deacon Onnig Terzian was ordained a priest by Archbishop Torkom Manoogian at the Church of Our Saviour in Worcester, MA. Following his ordination, Fr. Aved was assigned to serve as pastor at the Church of Our Saviour, where he continues to serve.
Fr. Aved is married to Yn. Vivian. They have two sons, Onnig and Raffi.