The Pope on Monday gave his assent to the canonical election by the Synod of Bishops of the Armenian Patriarchal Church of Rev. Archpriest Kevork (Georges) Assadourian as auxiliary of the patriarchal eparchy of Beirut of the Armenians.
The eparchy has some 12,500 Catholics served by about two dozen priests, and 50 religious, as well as three permanent deacons.
The bishop-elect was born in Kamichlie, Syria, in 1961 and was ordained a priest in 1986. He studied philosophy and theology at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum) and at the Pontifical Lateran University, and has served in a number of roles in Lebanon, including vice rector of the seminary of Bzommar, vicar and parish priest in several parishes, and bursar.
He currently exercises his pastoral ministry in Paris in the Armenian-Catholic eparchy of France.