Naissance le 27 février 1922, décès le 28 aout 2017 à New Milford (New Jersey, USA)
As an infant, his parents fled persecution in Ottoman Turkey and went to Aleppo, Syria where he attended school. At the age of 14 he traveled to and studied at the Theological Seminary of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem until graduating at the age of 22. He returned to Aleppo, Syria where he taught science in a local Armenian primary school. In 1946 he was invited to continue his religious training and education, along with four former seminary classmates by the late Primate of the Diocese of America, Bishop Tiran Nersoyan of Blessed Memory. Having arrived in America in 1947, he attended the Episcopal Church's General Theological Seminary in New York City, earning a Master's Degree in Theology in 1949. Simultaneously, on weekends he served the parishes of Hartford (St. George) and New Britain (Holy Resurrection), CT. Minas was ordained to the priesthood on April 4, 1948 at the New Britain parish and received the ordination name "Arnak". Soon after he courted and then married Violet (Aslanian) on January 20, 1951 at St. James Armenian Church in Evanston, IL. Fr. Arnak continued his studies after ordination and earned a second Master's in Christian Education from the Hartford Seminary in 1951. That same year he became the assistant pastor and then pastor at St. John's Armenian Church in Detroit, MI for 11 years. In 1962 he moved his family to New Jersey where he became the priest of the newly established Armenian Church of Bergen County in Tenafly, NJ. Fr. Arnak worked with the building committee which ultimately built a modern, progressive, fast growing and fully engaged parish which was consecrated St. Thomas Armenian Church. After almost 30 years leading this vibrant community, Fr. Arnak retired to New Milford, NJ in 1991. He continued serving the Armenian community performing weddings, baptisms, and funerals, and assisting as a visiting pastor to mission parishes or filling in for vacationing clergy.