Archbishop Oshagan Choloyan was born in Aleppo, Syria. In 1960 he was accepted into the Cilician See’s Seminary in Antelias, Lebanon and was ordained a priest on June 4, 1967. As a newly ordained celibate priest, Archbishop Oshagan served as an assistant at the Seminary and he taught at the Mardigian School, serving two years as principal of the school. From 1968 to 1970 he attended the American University of Beirut, where he majored in history. From 1974 to 1978 he attended Princeton Theological Seminary where he majored in education and psychology, earning a Master’s Degree. Continuing his studies at Princeton, he earned a second Masters in the history of the church. In April 1980, he was appointed pontifical legate to Kuwait and the Arab Emirates. He was elevated to the rank of bishop in 1994. Since 1998, he serves as the Prelate of the Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church of America.