SOAR - Rome Chapter
Rome became part of the SOAR family in December 2013. There are approximately 3,000 Armenians living in Italy, primarily in Milan, Rome, Pisa, and Venice. Besides the general population, there are monastic communities on the island of San Lazzaro (Venice), at the Moorat-Raphael College of Venice, and Armenian clergy at the Holy See (Vatican). The first Armenian communities in Italy were formed in the 12th century when active trade was encouraged between Cilicia and Genoa, and Venice. Pisa is a growing Armenian community today. Under King Levon II, treaties allowed Italian merchants to open factories and to develop industrial activities in Cilicia. In the 15th century the process of catholicizing Armenians was strengthened in Italy, greatly contributing to their assimilation with the Italian people. In 2000, the Armenian Genocide was recognized by the Italian Parliament, and a memorial dedicated to the Genocide victims was inaugurated in the center of Rome. Besides the San Lazzaro, Italy has a number of very important Armenian churches and religious establishments: St. Gregory’s Armenian Church (Rome); Holy Cross Armenian Church (on Calle Degli); St. Blaise Armenian Catholic Church (Rome); San Nicola de Tolentino Armenian Catholic Church (Rome); and the Armenian Apostolic Church of the Forty Martyrs (Milano).
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Naira graduated with Honors from the Yerevan State University, Faculty of Romance and Germanic Philology, Chair of English in 1996. Since then she has earned specialized diplomas and certificates to expound upon her education and attended multiple Forums and Seminars throughout Europe.
Naira has worked both as a translator as well as a teacher, teaching English and Italian at the Yerevan State University, at Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov, at “Gladzor” University and at “Grigor Zohrap” University in Yerevan, Armenia. Currently, she is the Public Relations and Press Officer at the Embassy of Armenia to Italy in Rome.
Armenian is Naira’s native language, but she is also fluent in Russian, Italian, and English.
Krikor is an Armenian and was born in Beruit, Lebanon. He moved to Italy in 2013 to pursue a joint study in Philosohy and Theology at Pontifical Gregorian University. Krikor has obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and is currently in his second year of study for Theology. He is fluent in Armenian, Arabic, French, Italian, English, and Turkish (beginner).
Krikor has volunteered many times teaching the children in the professional care of Diramayr Hayastani Summer camp in Armenia, on a wide variety of subjects.
Marine Grigoryan was born in Armenia, Gyumri. Two of her many talents include, Professional Opera Singer and Professional Painter on Silk (Batika). Marine graduated from the University For Armenian Language and Literature (Bachelor) and the Conservatory State of Komitas (Master). She moved to Italy in 2016. Winning competitions, Maine was able to continue studying at Privet Music Academy (with the help of SOAR). She is also a former student of Our Lady of Armenia Center and of “YWCF”.
Marine has volunteered extensively, teaching languages, drawing, and music. Much of her work has been with children and the elderly. Marine is fluent in Armenian, Russian, English, and Italian.
Diana was born in Modena (Italy) but her origins are Syrian. She is a senior at the University of Bologna studying Political Science and International Relations. She speaks Arabic, Italian, English and French.
Diana has volunteered with several associations that have helped Syria during the war, collecting clothing, medicine, and money.