STRASBOURG. - Over 8,000 Armenians live in Strasbourg and Alsace region in France, who has mainly migrated at early 1990s. They are mainly employed in construction and trade.
The priest Ter Vache Hayrapetyan was appointed as a spiritual leader of local Armenians and founded the Armenian Church of Strasbourg in 2010.
The first holy liturgy was served on January 6, 2010, celebrating the Birth of Jesus. Since then, the day has become a Day of the church foundation, while the All-Armenian Catholicos Karekin II sent his blessings. A cultural center and a Sunday school function next to the church as well since this year.
To note, the priest serves liturgies in other regions, including Nantes and Metz as well.