Rev. Fr. Anthony Tandilyan
Assistant Parish Priest
Fr. Anthony Tandilyan was born in 1975 in the small village of Haxpat, Armenia. After graduating the local high school in 1992, he continued his education in the Pedagogical College of Yerevan and received his bachelor’s degree in education with a dream of becoming a teacher. In 1995, he was accepted to the Pedagogical Institute of Erevan when a radical change occurred in his life. Instead of continuing his education in graduate school, he chose to become a member of the Armenian Orthodox Church with the hope of serving as a clergy. This required a long journey of seven years in the monastic community of the Mother See of Holy Echmiadzin.
He graduated Gevorkian seminary in the summer of 2001, after defending his thesis concerning “Bioethical problems of possible human cloning”. He was ordained to the Holy Diaconate on July 22nd 2001 on the feast of The Holy Transfiguration and assigned to work at the Religious News center of the Mother See. While there, he prepared daily Church news for public media through the central TV station and weekly radio programs through two major radio stations of Armenia.
In 2002, Fr. Anthony Tandilyan was accepted to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline MA. There, he received his Master’s degree in Theological Studies in 2005.
In 2009 he started a TV show concerning life and faith issues, called “Feast of Healthy Thoughts”, co-hosted by Dr. Kyriaki FitzGerald. Later that same year, Fr. Anthony was received into the Greek Orthodox Church and became a member of St. Nicholas community in Manchester NH.
In 2010 he was accepted to the Th. M. program (Masters of Theology) at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology and completed the course work in 2011. Fr. Anthony was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on the feast day of St. Demetrios, October 26, 2015, in Weston MA. He was assigned by His Eminence Metropolitan Methodios of Boston to serve as the assistant priest of St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Peabody, MA in November, 2015.
Fr. Anthony is a father of a wonderful family with his wife Presvytera Kellie and children Michael, Ella and David.