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The Eparchy of France
France Eparchies


In 1960, due to the efforts of Cardinal Aghadjanian, the first prelate was His Excellency Bishop Garabed Amadouni.
From 1960 till 1970 His Excellency Bishop Garabed Amadouni.
From 1970 till 1976 Vicar, Father Nigoghayos Kehiayan.
From 1977 till today His Excellency Bishop Krikor Gabroyan.


Archbishopric address:
Eparchy of Paris of the Armenian Catholics in France
Holy Cross
10 bis, Thouin Street
75005 PARIS - FRANCE
Tel: 33 1.40.51.11.90
Fax: 33 1.40.51.11.99
E-mail: epaparis@francenet.fr

The approximate number of the eparchy members is 30.000 faithful.

The eparchy is composed of six parishes and one convent.
The vicars are:
Father Kevork Vartabed Asadourian, Paris and Arnouville.
Father Hovhannes Seferian, St. Chamond.
Mgr Hovhannes Kadadihian, Marseille.
Father Kapriel Sahaguian, Collège Mekhitariste de Sèvre.
The parishes of Lyon and Valence stay unoccupied.

It has 7 churches:

ARMENIAN CATHOLIC CATHEDRAL OF PARIS
HOLY CROSS
13 Perche Street
75003 PARIS - FRANCE
Tel: 33 1.44.59.23.50
Mobile: 33 6.72.57.94.84
Fax: 33 1.44.59.23.54
E-mail:pararmen@aol.com
          j.kelekian@libertysurf.fr


ARMENIAN CATHOLIC PARISH
ST. GREGORY THE ILLUMINATOR
69 Ave. Henri Barbusse
95400 ARNOUVILLE-LES-GONESSE - FRANCE
Tel: 33 1.39.85.15.56


ARMENIAN CATHOLIC PARISH
91 Tronchet Street
69006 LYON - FRANCE
Tel: 33 4.72.44.97.39


ARMENIAN CATHOLIC PARISH
ST. GREGORY THE ILLUMINATOR
26 Sibié Street
13001 MARSEILLE - FRANCE
Tel: 33 4.91.48.19.60
Mobile:33 6.09.97.39.78
Fax: 33 4.91.94.54.20


ARMENIAN CATHOLIC PARISH
ST. NERSES SHNORHALI
13 Asile Alamagny Street
42400 SAINT- CHAMOND - FRANCE
Tel: 33 4.77.22.09.86


ARMENIAN CATHOLIC PARISH
25 Berthelot Street
26000 VALENCE - FRANCE
Tel: 33 4.75.43.78.23


MEKHITARIST FATHERS' CONVENT
26 Troyon Street
92310 SEVRE - FRANCE
Tel: 33 1.45.34.68.28


Each parish has its cultural association, by which are managed all the other associations such as juvenile and ladies' associations, etc.
The most active cultural associations are:
The Holy Cross Association of Paris who provides qualified speeches in its center, exhibitions, familial debates , in the hall of the church or in open air , a school on Saturday for the children.
St. Gregory Association of Arnouville who ensures the presence inside the parish, and provides catechism lessons for the children, cultural and other programs.
St. Gregory Association of Marseille who organizes several programs.
Inside the eparchy, there is only the College of the Armenian Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Marseille, including 250 students.


Address: School Our Lady of Holy Heart
167 Caillols Avenue
13012 MARSEILLE - FRANCE
Tel: 33 4.91.93.50.91
Fax: 33 4.91.93.27.45

There is also a house for girls studying at university in Lyon.
Address: House of Young Girls "Haïreni Guedour"
142 Cours Gambetta
69007 LYON - FRANCE
Tel: 33 4.78.72.76.60


Each parish has its ecclesiastic choir.

In France, the Armenian Catholics don't have a benevolent association alone, they work with all the Armenian Benevolent Associations such as the Armenian Social Aid, Blue Cross, Armenian old people's home, etc.

The Armenian Catholic Colony in France has its official monthly newspaper, called "The Armenian Church" which started to be published since 1958 with 2500 copies, being interrupted for several years. For a while , this newspaper being quarterly , was also published the monthly newspaper called "Our Parish" which after 125 copies has stopped being published in order to be united with the previous newspaper which since September 1995 is being published as a monthly newspaper. This monthly newspaper forms a strong tie with our Armenian people in France.
Each year, a diocesan calendar is also published.

In the committee of all the Armenian associations of France, we have our permanent representative, Mr. Vahé Khatchérian.

Our community famous people are:
Mr. Patrik Devedjian, who is now a minister in the French government.
At first, he was deputy-mayor of the Anthony suburb.
Mr. Bedros Terzian, General Director of the French section of the Fund.
Mr. Ara Aharonian, member of the Armenian Benevolent Association committee.
Mr. Khatchig Najarian, President of the Social Democratic Hnchakian Party in France.



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