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TimelineThe Vicariate of Kuwait is now the Apostolic Vicariate of Northern Arabia which includes Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The decree from the Holy See came into effect on May 31, 2011.





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Clergy and Religious in the State of Kuwait


"Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchiz'edek." -- Hebrews 5:6


Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia
HIS LORDSHIP BISHOP CAMILLO BALLIN, MCCJ


BISHOP CAMILLO BALLIN, MCCI


H.L. Bishop Camillo Ballin, MCCJ, is the 1st Apostolic Vicar of Northern Arabia, since the territory of Northern Arabia was established only recently on May 31, 2011. He was consecrated Bishop and installed as the 4th Vicar Apostolic of Kuwait on September 2, 2005, at the Holy Family Cathedral, Kuwait City. Bishop Camillo belongs to the Copngregation of the Comboni Missionaries of the Heart of Jesus. The Comboni Missionaries seek to follow in the footsteps of their founder, St. Daniel Comboni, by ministering to the world’s “poorest and most abandoned people.” They do this by proclaiming the Gospel with all of its values, by themselves working and empowering others to work for justice and love of all mankind and by working with local churches in making known the universal mission of Christ.

H.L. Bishop Camillo Ballin's Full Biography


Priests of the Order of Capuchin Friars Minor (OFM Cap)

Fr. Gaspar Fr. Andrew Fr. Alfredo
Fr. Gaspar Fernandes, OFM Cap
[ Ahmadi Parish ]
Fr. Andrew Francis, OFM Cap
[ Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Alfredo Guran Micua, OFM Cap
[ Ahmadi Parish - Parish Priest]
Fr. Noel Fr. Jose Fr. Ramon C. Atanacio
Fr. Noel Almeida, OFM Cap
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish ]
Fr. Jose Nirappil, OFM Cap
[ Ahmadi Parish ]
Fr. Ramon C. Atanacio, OFM Cap
[ Cathedral Parish - Parish Priest ]
Fr. Antony Lopez Fr. Prakash
Fr. (Dr.) Antony Lopez, OFM Cap
[ Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Prakash Kanjirathingal, OFM Cap
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish ]

The Order of Capuchin Friars Minor (OFM Cap) is a religious order which seeks to live the Gospel in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. The Capuchin movement began in Italy in the 16th century, and today there are nearly 12,000 friars worldwide. The Capuchins follow the Rule of St Francis according to the Capuchin Constitutions. They are a reform of the Franciscan movement, whose way of life was approved in 1528. The essence of the reform was to recapture the simplicity of the charism of Francis, with a focus on contemplative prayer, penance and smaller communities of 3-12 friars.


Priests of the Discalced Carmelite Order ( OCD )

Fr. Albert Fr. Mathews  
Fr. J. Albert Saveriraj, OCD
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish ]
Fr. Mathews K. Francis, OCD
[ Vicar General - Cathedral Parish ]
 

The Discalced Carmelite Order is a Religious Order founded by St. Teresa of Avila. Her great work of reform began with herself. She made a vow always to follow the most perfect course, and resolved to keep the rule as perfectly as she could. A group of nuns assembled in her cell one September evening in 1560, taking their inspiration from the primitive tradition of Carmel and the discalced reform of St. Peter of Alcantara, proposed the foundation of a monastery of an eremitical type. On August 24 1562, the new monastery dedicated to St. Joseph was founded. Then in Duruelo, with St. John of the Cross and Anthony of Jesus, she founded the first convent of Discalced Brethren in November 1568.

The Vicariate Apostolic of Kuwait was entrusted to the care of the Discalced Carmelite Order from 1953 till 2009.


Priests of the Diocesan Order

Fr. Dominic S. Fr. Ruben B. Fr. Angelos M.
Fr. Dominic Santamaria
[ Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Ben Barrameda
[ Salmiya Parish ]
Fr. Angelos Masoud
[ Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Adel Nasr Fr. John Padipurackal Fr. Raymond Mtanios EID
Fr. Adel Nasr
[ Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. (Dr.) John Padipurackal
[ Jleeb Al-Shuyoukh Parish Priest ]
Fr. Raymond Mtanios EID
[ Cathedral Parish ]
Fr. Ivan Anthony Perera
Fr. Ivan Anthony Perera
[ Cathedral Parish ]

The ministry of a Diocesan (from Greek “to keep house”) Priest is one of being available and involved in the Parish, thus helping the local Bishop. Diocesan priests do not make vows like the Religious. Upon ordination, they promise obedience to their bishop, and celibacy for the sake of the kingdom of God.


The Salesians of Don Bosco
The Indian English Academy in Salmiya is managed by the Salesians of Don Bosco

Fr. Lionel B. Fr. Francisco P. Fr. Joseph (Joy) M.
Fr. Lionel Braganza, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish ]

Fr. Franco Pereira, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish ]

Fr. Joseph (Joy) M, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish ]

Fr. Blany Pinto Fr. Francis Sebastian Kharjia
Fr. Blany Pinto, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish - Parish Priest]

Fr. Francis Kharjia, SDB
[ Salmiya Parish ]

The Salesians of Don Bosco, are an international organization of men dedicated full time to the service of young people, especially those who are poorer and disadvantaged. Founded by St. John Bosco, an Italian saint-educator of the nineteenth century, they are found in 128 different nations. ‘Youth Resource Development’ through education and evangelization is the main focus of their concern.


Permanent Deacon

Deacon Sylvester D'Souza

The ministry of the deacon is typically described as a three-fold ministry: a servant of Charity, the Word and the Altar. From the foundation of the order of deacon, those ordained to this order had the special role of caring for the poor and outcast and reminding the members of the Church to do the same. To the deacon is also entrusted the proclamation of the Gospel. Finally, he receives the gifts of the assembly, prepares the altar, assists the presider, gives directions to the assembly, administers communion, clears the table and finally dismisses the assembly.

Deacon Sylvester D'Souza
[ Cathedral Parish ]


Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation
The Carmel School in Kheitan is managed by the Apostolic Carmel Sisters

Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel Congregation

The Apostolic Carmel Congregation was founded by Mother Veronica at Bayonne in 1868, and established at Mangalore, India, in 1870, by Bishop Marie Ephrem OCD. Rooted in the contemplative spirit of Carmel, and nourished by its life of prayer and missionary zeal, the Apostolic Carmel expresses the vitality of the Church through its fruitfulness in the active apostolate of education and other works of mercy.

First Row, from top: Srs. Dharshini, Carmel Ann, Maria Pavitha
Second Row, from top: Srs. Kirthana, Hazel, Serena and Maria Lytta.


Sisters of The Rosary Congregation
The Fajer Al Sabah School in Jabriya is managed by the Rosary Sisters

Sisters of The Rosary Congregation
The Rosary Congregation was established in Jerusalem in the year 1880 by Mother Marie Alphonsine from Jerusalem and Fr. Yousef Tannous from Nazareth, Chancellor of the Latin Patriarchate, assisted by the then Patriarch Vincent Bracco. The objectives of the Congregation are to serve the public through the establishment and development of schools, cultural and non-formal learning centers and hospitals.



PRAYER FOR PRIESTS

O Lord, may You find shelter and rest gently within the heart of Your priest...

Make him, O Lord, a priest according to Your heart: meek, humble, zealous, so that all he does will be for Your honor and glory.

Mold him into a man of prayer and labor, insensible to earthly things, and sensible only to Your love and to the graces of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

PRAYER FOR VOCATIONS

O God, You sent Your Son, Jesus, to bring eternal life to those who believe. I join Him in praying for laborers for Your harvest.

May Your Holy Spirit inspire men and women to continue His mission through Your priesthood, diaconate, religious life and lay ministry.

May this same Spirit make known Your will for my life. Amen.






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