(Mekhitar; other variant spellings; Consoler; name adopted 1691 when he became a monk; bap. name: Peter Manoug [Manug]; 16761749). B. Sivas (Sebaste), Turkey in Asia; RC priest 1696; founded Mechitarists 1701 at Constantinople; worked for educ. among Armenians (see Armenia) and union of Armenian Ch (see Armenian Churches) and RCs Works include a commentary on Mt; Armenian catechism, grammar, and dictionary; Armenian Bible tr. See also Anthony, Orders of St., 12.
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