The Eastern Prelacy of the Armenian Apostolic Church
is under the jurisdiction of the Holy See of the Great
House of Cilicia, located in Antelias, Lebanon. The
Prelacy office was established in New York City in 1958.
The Prelacy has been responsible for a continuing program
of community-wide activities: religious, educational,
cultural, and social.
with a relatively small number of affiliated churches,
the Prelacy originally served the entire United States
and Canada. As the number of churches grew and the membership
increased, especially in California, the Prelacy jurisdiction
was divided into two parts, the Eastern and Western
Prelacies of the United States, including Canada as
part of the Eastern Prelacy.
2002, a separate Prelacy of Canada was established.
The actual area covered by the Eastern Prelacy extends
from the Atlantic Coast to the Rocky Mountains. The
demographic center of the Eastern Prelacy is in the
northeast, where the Armenian population is most heavily
concentrated in the United States megalopolis (New England
to the District of Columbia).